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Fluffy Steamer Couscous

  • Author: Lily
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6


This is how to cook fluffy couscous using a steamer. This recipe uses dry couscous which is different from instant couscous.


  • 1 lb (450 grams) of dry couscous (not instant couscous)
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Water
  • Broth or Stew (Optional)


  1. In a very large bowl, pour the dry couscous. Add 1 tbsp of olive oil and 1 tsp of salt. Using the hand technique for rubbing the couscous, mix the olive oil and salt into the dry couscous. Add 1.5 cups of room temperature water on top of the couscous without mixing. Allow the couscous to absorb the water and swell for 10 minutes.
  2. Using the hand technique, mix the couscous. Add the couscous to the steamer. A few pieces of couscous will fall through the holes in the steamer, this is normal. Put the steamer basket on top of the steamer and keep it uncovered. Monitor the couscous. After about 10 minutes, the steam will start to come off the couscous. Start a 5 minute timer. The couscous should be steaming without a cover.
  3. Pour the couscous into a very large bowl. Add 1 cup of water and 1 tbsp of olive oil. Mix with a spoon because it's hot. Allow it to cool for 5 minutes. Using the hand technique, roll the couscous between your hands separating the couscous grains.
  4. Add the couscous to the steamer basket a second time. Place the steamer basket on top of the steamer without a cover. The couscous should never be covered with a lid. Wait until steam starts rising off of the couscous (about 10 minutes) and then start a 5 minute timer. 
  5. Remove the couscous from the steamer into a very large bowl. Allow it to cool. Using the hand technique, roll the couscous between your palms. The couscous should be fluffy and tender. Add olive oil and salt to taste.


  • Make sure to use dry couscous and not instant couscous.
  • Steam the couscous with a steamer. Use water, broth, or lamb stew on the bottom of the steamer.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Side DIsh
  • Method: Steaming
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean


  • Serving Size: 1.5 cups
  • Calories: 344 calories
  • Sugar: 0 g
  • Sodium: 345 mg
  • Fat: 7 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 6 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 59 g
  • Fiber: 4 g
  • Protein: 10 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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