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How to Cook Pearl Couscous

How to cook pearl couscous - quick and easy method to make deliciously nutty and chewy toasted couscous. Your new favorite side dish on a busy weeknight! #pearlcouscous #couscous

How to Cook Pearl Couscous

How to cook pearl couscous – quick and easy method to make deliciously nutty and chewy toasted couscous. Your new favorite side dish on a busy weeknight!

Jazz up your dinner menu without spending extra time. This versatile grain-like pasta is loved by kids and adults alike. Once you master this basic cooking method, try it with different spices, herbs and flavors! Possibilities are endless!

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 cups (300gr) pearl couscous (Note 1)
  • 2 ½ cups broth (Note 2)

Directions:

  1. Heat a large pot over medium high heat.
  2. Add butter.
  3. Once butter is melted, add couscous and sauté until nice and golden, stirring frequently, 3-5 minutes.
  4. Add broth and bring it to a simmer.
  5. Reduce heat to simmer and cover the pot. Continue to cook for about 10 minutes, or until the liquid is absorbed and couscous is soft.

Recipe Notes:

Note 1: Don’t confuse pearl couscous, aka Israeli couscous, with Moroccan couscous. Pearl couscous is much larger than Moroccan couscous. It tastes nuttier and cooks a bit longer than Moroccan one.

Note 2: You can use any kind of broth here. I use chicken or beef broth, but you can also use water in a pinch. If you’re using salt-free broth or water, add ½ teaspoon of salt.

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How to cook pearl couscous - quick and easy method to make deliciously nutty and chewy toasted couscous. Your new favorite side dish on a busy weeknight! #pearlcouscous #couscous

WHAT IS PEARL COUSCOUS?

Pearl couscous (also known as Israeli couscous) is a grain-like pasta, shaped in small balls. Not to be confused with Moroccan couscous, pearl couscous is larger in size and chewier, and therefore they take a bit longer time to cook.

As mentioned in Grains 101 guide, couscous is not a true grain, but they’re made with semolina or Durum wheat flour. Therefore, they’re basically tiny little pasta balls.

How to cook pearl couscous - quick and easy method to make deliciously nutty and chewy toasted couscous. Your new favorite side dish on a busy weeknight! #pearlcouscous #couscous

HOW TO COOK PEARL COUSCOUS:

While you can definitely skip the toasting step, I highly recommend to take this extra step, especially if you’re planning to serve it as a side dish. Toasting adds beautiful golden color and enhances the nutty flavor!

  • Step 1: Melt butter in a preheated saucepan over medium high heat.
  • Step 2: Add couscous and sauté until nice and golden, stirring frequently, 3-5 minutes.

TIP: Make sure to stir couscous frequently, while toasting to avoid burning.

  • Step 3: Add broth and bring it to a simmer.
  • Step 4: Reduce heat to simmer and cover the pot. Continue to cook for about 10 minutes, or until the liquid is absorbed and couscous is soft.

How to cook pearl couscous - quick and easy method to make deliciously nutty and chewy toasted couscous. Your new favorite side dish on a busy weeknight! #pearlcouscous #couscous

HOW TO STORE COOKED PEARL COUSCOUS:

  • Refrigerate cooked couscous in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

HOW TO SERVE PEARL COUSCOUS / 3 WAYS TO SERVE PEARL COUSCOUS / SERVING IDEAS

Pearl couscous is incredibly versatile and can be used in many different dishes.

Here’re my favorite ways to use them:

  • Toss cooked pearl couscous in a salad, like this Summer Israeli Couscous Salad
  • Make a grain bowl:  mix with different vegetables and protein
  • Simple side dish

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