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5 couscous cooking mistakes to avoid

By Hilary Meyer, January 19, 2012 - 12:19pm

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Hilary asks: What’s your favorite couscous recipe?


For a quick lunch, a can of tomatoes & zucchini heated then mixed with 1/2 cup couscous. Wait 5 minute and YUM!


01/20/2012 - 12:04pm

1 1/2 cups medium couscous
1 1/2 cups boiled water
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 large red pepper, chopped
15 kalamata olives, pitted and chopped

Measure couscous into a large bowl. Add hot boiled water. Let stand 5 minutes.

Add all the other ingredients and toss. Can be eaten warm or cold. Keeps well in the fridge for up to 1 week.


01/31/2012 - 3:06pm

first of all, couscous, the original way of cooking it is to steam it .You should mention that fact when you
talk of cooking couscous.


04/13/2012 - 4:23pm

Thank you for the 5 mistakes to avoid. I have cous cous a lot, and like adding mushrooms,and diced chicken or pork to the Garlic, olive oil flavored pasta.


01/24/2013 - 1:03am

Tabouleh is a must and now that tomatoes and herbs are easily available it is so easy to put this salad together.


07/29/2013 - 1:29pm

thank u ........


08/18/2013 - 9:57pm

Dude, the ratio of couscous to water is one to one. Duh.


08/23/2013 - 3:49pm

1 cup of couscous
1 cup of broth (1/2 bouillon cube & 1cup of water)
1-2 tablespoons of minced onions
1/2 tbsp butter
1/2 tbsp olive oil
capers to taste (2 teaspoons or so)
cilantro (finely chopped) to taste

Sautee onion in butter/oil. Add broth & capers. Bring to a boil. Add couscous. Cover, remove from heat. Let sit for 5 minutes. Add cilantro & fluff with a fork.


10/12/2013 - 8:10pm

1 cup of water to 2/3 of coucous is a tad to much, the couscous will actually be clumpy. try 1 cup of water to 1 cup of couscous, for the perfect grainy texture that's its meant to have.


11/05/2013 - 11:01pm

Well this is going to be my first to cook couscous.
read the reviews and Paula Deen in her salad receipe I used 1 1/2 cups of water to 1 cups of couscous.
If I doing my math right, that- 1cup of water to 2/3 cup uncooked couscous or 1/12 cups of water to 1 cup of couscous. So for my 1st attempt I am sticking with Hilary's tip. Enjoyed reading everyone comments. Thank you! Wish me LUCK!


11/28/2013 - 3:03am

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