Couscous

Couscous

Step away from the stove. In the microwave, these tiny grains quickly transform into light, tender pearls that form the perfect base for any meal. Important note: this recipe is for Moroccan couscous, not Israeli (or "pearl") couscous! The Moroccan style is made up of tiny grains, while Israeli couscous is much larger, around the size of peppercorns. If you're making Israeli couscous, cook times will be longer.

All of Anyday’s recipes are tested (and retested!) in many different microwaves and home kitchens to make sure they work — and work well.

Select your microwave wattage in the dropdown. The cook times in this recipe will automatically change accordingly.

To find your microwave’s wattage, look at the front panel, the side of the door, in the back, in the user manual, or Google the model number. If both an input and output wattage are listed, use the output.

Wattage translates to how powerful the microwave is. The higher the wattage, the faster your food will cook. The lower the wattage, the longer the cook time.

When in doubt, start with less time — you can always add more.

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Power level

Certain foods cook best in the microwave at lower power levels. 

Different microwaves have different settings. See your microwave manual (or look it up online) to learn how to change your microwave’s power level.

For many microwaves: enter the cook time, press the “Power” (or “Power Level”) button, and select a number between 1-10. Other microwaves may require selecting the Power Level first, and then entering the cook time.

Microwaves list power levels in different ways. Here’s a guide to help you adjust:

PL 10 = 100% = High (default)
PL 9 = 90% = High
PL 8 = 80% = Med-High
PL 7 = 70% = Med-High
PL 6 = 60% = Medium
PL 5 = 50% = Medium
PL 4 = 40% = Med-Low
PL 3 = 30% = Med-Low
PL 2 = 20% = Low
PL 1 = 10% = Low

You will know if the power level has been successfully changed if you hear periodic changes in the microwave’s tone after it begins cooking.

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Cook Times

Grain ½ cup1 cup2 cups3 cups
Water ½ cup1 cup2 cups3 cups
Time 2 mins2 mins2 mins3 mins

Max Quantities

Medium Deep Dish: 2 cups 

Large Deep Dish: 3 cups

Instructions

  1. Add couscous to an Anyday Deep Dish. Add water in the proportion listed in the table. Stir and spread couscous in an even layer. 
  2. Cook in the microwave at the power level above for the time listed, or until the water has been absorbed and couscous is tender (try one!). If still is still too hard, add more time at the power level listed in 1-minute increments. 
  3. Rest for 2 minutes with the lid on to allow couscous to gently finish steaming.

Cooking Tips

  • Make sure you are using Moroccan couscous, not Israeli (pearl) couscous, which is much larger and will have a longer cook time!
  • Always use an Anyday Deep Dish to cook grains (the water will likely overflow in the Shallow Dishes). Do not cook more than the max quantities listed above.
  • To cook quantities not listed in the table, use a couscous:water ratio of 1:1.

Changing your power level

Did you know your microwave has different power levels? The default is full power, but lower power levels are helpful for certain foods like grains, which tend to bubble over if cooked at full power, or custards, which require gentle simmering.

Different microwaves have different settings. See your microwave manual (or look it up online) to learn how to change your microwave’s power level.

For many microwaves: enter the cook time, press the “Power” (or “Power Level”) button, and select a number between 1-10. Other microwaves may require selecting the Power Level first, and then entering the cook time.

Microwaves list power levels in different ways. Here’s a guide to help you adjust:

PL 10 = 100% = High (default)
PL 9 = 90% = High
PL 8 = 80% = Med-High
PL 7 = 70% = Med-High
PL 6 = 60% = Medium
PL 5 = 50% = Medium
PL 4 = 40% = Med-Low
PL 3 = 30% = Med-Low
PL 2 = 20% = Low
PL 1 = 10% = Low

You will know if the power level has been successfully changed if you hear periodic changes in the microwave’s tone after it begins cooking.