The Perfect Couscous To Water Ratio

Couscous is not only delicious in salads but also tastes warm as an accompaniment to meat or vegetables. We’ll show you how to prepare it with the perfect couscous-water ratio so that it’s wonderfully grainy and fluffy.

What is couscous?

The classic oriental cuisine consists of moistened durum wheat semolina, ground into small balls, which are then boiled and dried. If you don’t want to eat wheat or can’t tolerate it, you can use couscous made from millet (gluten-free!), spelled, or barley. Traditionally, couscous is steamed over boiling water, but you can also let it soak in water.

Boil 100g couscous

Do you prefer to work with exact quantities? You need 100ml of water for every 100g of couscous – this way you have the optimal couscous-water ratio for the best results when cooking. If you are cooking for 4 people, we recommend a quantity of about 250g of couscous and 250ml of salted, boiling water into which you stir the couscous. You can easily convert this 1:1 formula for the perfect couscous-water ratio to any desired amount. Here you come to our basic recipe for couscous.

Tip: After cooking, you should refine the couscous with a spoonful of olive oil or a bit of butter and fluff it up with a fork so that it doesn’t stick together.

Cook 1 cup of couscous

Alternatively, if you don’t have a measuring cup or kitchen scale handy, you can use a cup to measure the couscous. 1 cup of couscous requires 1 cup of water to swell – the easy-to-use and convert 1:1 ratio will help you put perfectly cooked couscous on the table.

Note: If you are cooking for several people, you can use a larger measuring vessel instead of a cup.

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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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