A staple in Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and African diets, couscous is made from semolina and water. Cooked couscous has a fluffy texture and mild flavor that pairs well with a variety of seasonings and dishes. Although couscous is traditionally prepared in a special pot known as a couscousier, you can cook couscous quickly with nothing more than water boiled in the microwave. Serve cooked couscous mixed with chopped vegetables and olive oil as a salad; as a side dish for grilled meat, poultry or fish; or as a bed for stews and braises.
Measure the couscous into a medium-sized, heat-proof bowl. Plan on 1 cup of dry couscous yielding approximately 4 cups of cooked couscous.
Pour water, broth or a combination into a glass measuring cup or small heat-proof bowl. Use about 1 cup of total liquid for every cup of dry couscous.
Heat the liquid in the microwave on high until the fluid begins to boil.
Pour the boiling water over the couscous. Use a fork to stir the mixture.
Cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Allow the couscous to sit, undisturbed, for 10 minutes.
Remove the plastic wrap. Use a fork to gently fluff the individual grains before serving.