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How to Cook Couscous in a Microwave

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Michelle Kerns writes for a variety of print and online publications and specializes in literature and science topics. She has served as a book columnist since 2008 and is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. Kerns studied English literature and neurology at UC Davis.
How to Cook Couscous in a Microwave
How to Cook Couscous in a Microwave

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.

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Step 1

Measure the couscous into a medium-sized, heat-proof bowl. Plan on 1 cup of dry couscous yielding approximately 4 cups of cooked couscous.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

Heat the liquid in the microwave on high until the fluid begins to boil.

Step 4

Pour the boiling water over the couscous. Use a fork to stir the mixture.

Step 5

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Allow the couscous to sit, undisturbed, for 10 minutes.

Step 6

Remove the plastic wrap. Use a fork to gently fluff the individual grains before serving.

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