How to Microwave Couscous
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time2-3 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.
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What You’ll Need
What You’ll Need
Microwave Match Up: Couscous
See for yourself— microwaving couscous is simply faster, start to finish. *Includes preheat time
|Microwave in an Anyday dish||2 minutes|
|Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker)*||18 mins|
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.
All you need to know about microwaving couscous
How long does couscous take to cook in the microwave?
|Ingredient||Water||Power Level||Cook Time|
|½ cup couscous||½ cup water||10||2-3 mins|
|1 cup couscous||1 cup water||10||2-3 mins|
|2 cups couscous||2 cups water||10||2-3 mins|
|3 cups couscous||3 cups water||10||3-4 mins|
Yes, you can cook couscous in the microwave! Cooking couscous in the microwave is faster than cooking it on the stovetop or in the oven, requiring only 1 or 2 minutes of total cook time. Using an Anyday Deep Dish allows you to cook your couscous, plus serve and store it in the same dish, cutting down on time and dishes.
How to freeze microwaved couscous?
To properly freeze cooked couscous, spread warm couscous evenly onto a baking sheet and allow to cool completely. Transfer to Anytime trays, freezer-safe containers, or a resealable plastic bag. Frozen couscous can be stored for up to three months. To reheat, simply microwave the frozen couscous until heated through, about 1-2 minutes.
How to cook pearl couscous in the microwave?
To cook pearl couscous in the microwave, combine 1 cup of pearl couscous with 1¼ cups of water in an Anyday Deep Dish. Cover with the lid (knob lifted) and microwave for 6-8 minutes, stirring halfway through cooking. The couscous should be tender and most of the water has been absorbed. Let the couscous rest with the lid on for 2 minutes before serving, allowing it to gently steam. Toss with olive oil and salt to prevent the couscous from sticking together.
What is the ratio of water to couscous?
The ratio of couscous to water is 1:1. That means for every cup of couscous, you need one cup of water. Adjust the recipe as needed based on the amount of couscous you are cooking.
How to reheat couscous in the microwave?
To reheat couscous in the microwave, we recommend using an Anyday dish! Cover the dish with the lid, and knob lifted, and microwave it for 1-2 minutes, or until warmed through. To reheat couscous without an Anyday, place it in a microwave-safe glass or ceramic dish and sprinkle a little water over the top to add moisture. Cover the dish with a plate or paper towel. Microwave on high for 1-2 minutes, or until heated through, stirring halfway through cooking for even reheating. Add more water if needed to prevent the couscous from drying out. NOTE: Never cook or reheat food in a plastic dish or container.