How to Microwave Couscous

// How to Microwave Couscous

Prep Time

2 mins

Cook Time

2-3 mins

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. It’s faster than cooking on the stovetop, and Anyday’s unique silicone-lined lid locks in the moisture, keeping your couscous tender and warm. Make a quick dish by adding flavor-packed ingredients like fresh herbs, garlic, marinated tomatoes, and more!

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. For more instructions on cooking Israeli couscous, see more information at the bottom of this page.

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

What You’ll Need

What You’ll Need

The Medium Deep Dish

The best dish for 1-2 portions of grains, veggies, mac and cheese, ramen, and more.

The Small Dish


This dish’s superpower is evenly heating leftovers and cooking small portions.

The Anyhand Mitts

The Anyhand Mitts

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1/2 cup couscous

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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.

Microwave oven by power - 700w


  • ½ cup couscous
  • ½ cup water


  1. Add couscous and water to an Anyday Deep Dish.
  2. Stir and spread couscous into an even layer and cover with the lid (knob lifted).
  3. Cook in the microwave for 2-3 minutes, or until the water has been absorbed and couscous is tender (try one!). If the couscous is still too firm, add more time in 30-second increments.
  4. Allow to rest for 2 minutes with the lid on to allow couscous to gently steam.

Microwave Match Up: Couscous

See for yourself— microwaving couscous is simply faster, start to finish. *Includes preheat time

Appliance Cook Time
Microwave in an Anyday dish 2 minutes
Stovetop* 13 mins
Oven* 30 mins
Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker)* 18 mins
*Includes preheat time

Step-by-Step: Microwaving Couscous

Add couscous and water to an Anyday Deep Dish.

Cover with the lid (knob lifted).

Cook in the microwave.

Couscous is done when water has been absorbed.

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