Perfect Amount: How Much Couscous Per Person?

Versatile, tasty, and quick to prepare: couscous is a real all-rounder.
But how much couscous should you plan for per person? We’ll tell you how to portion the perfect amount.

The perfect amount of couscous

The first thing you should do is determine what you actually want to cook with couscous. In order to find the right amount of couscous per person, we recommend that you use this rule of thumb as a guide: if you serve it as a side dish, use 60 grams per person. If you are really hungry, you should prepare couscous as a main course. 150 grams per person is ideal for this.

Tip: You should note that this information is the dry weight.

Couscous Quantity: Table

Of course, it also depends on your personal hunger and that of your blackheads. But cooking couscous is very quick and if in doubt, it can be cooked quickly. So that you get the perfect amount of couscous, we have created a table for you with which you can easily determine the correct number of grams.

People – grams as a side dish – grams as a main course

  • 1 – 60 – 150
  • 2 – 120 – 300
  • 3 – 180 – 450
  • 4 -240  -600
  • 5 – 300 – 750
  • 6 – 360 – 900
  • 7 – 420 – 1050
  • 8 – 480 – 1200
  • 9 – 540 – 1350
  • 10 – 600 – 1500

Oriental pleasure

Couscous is a traditional North African dish and is usually made from durum wheat. To get couscous, mix salt water with durum wheat semolina and grate it until the typical little balls form.

1:1 ratio

Ideally, you use the same amount of water as the gram size of couscous. It is better to take too much water than too little, otherwise, the beads will remain too hard. If you’ve used too much liquid, just grab a colander and drain off the excess water.

That’s how it works!

To prepare it, simply boil water and pour the hot liquid over the couscous. The same amount of water as a number of grams of couscous. This will cause the small beads to swell in a short time of 3-5 minutes. For a hearty note, you also have the option of boiling it up in a pot with vegetable broth and then letting it swell for about 5 minutes. Then simply add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and season with a little salt. Now just mix and your couscous is ready.

Ideas for couscous

Here are a few suggestions for you on how to combine couscous:

  • Couscous Salad

Couscous tastes particularly delicious with fresh herbs such as parsley, coriander or oregano, and thyme. You can also add pieces of feta and fried onions and tomatoes. This salad is rounded off with fresh and chopped mint.

  • As an accompaniment

Couscous is very versatile and is therefore also ideal with fish or meat. So you can try couscous instead of traditional dishes with rice or pasta. You are also welcome to use couscous to fill a dish. You can find more information about this in our delicious recipe: stuffed zucchini with couscous.

  • Sweet variant

With some fruit and honey, you have a delicious and extraordinary dessert.

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Written by John Myers

Professional Chef with 25 years of industry experience at the highest levels. Restaurant owner. Beverage Director with experience creating world-class nationally recognized cocktail programs. Food writer with a distinctive Chef-driven voice and point of view.

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