How to make Couscous

Moroccan style couscous to serve as either a main meal or as an accompaniment. Enjoy our Couscous recipe.


• 2 ¼ lb wheat semolina
• 500-750 ml water
• 1 tsp salt
• 1 ½ tsp flour
• 8 ½ fl oz vegetable oil
• 2 large bowls
• 1 mixing spoon
• 1 tamis or a large holed sieve
• 1 steamer
• 1 fork


First Step 1: Boil the water
Pour the water into a steamer and bring it to a boil.

Step 2: Prepare the semolina
In the bowl, very gently mix the semolina, salt and flour with 250ml of water.

Step 3: Pass it through the tamis or sieve
When it is mixed thoroughly pass the mixture through the tamis or sieve.

Step 4: Steam
Place it in the steamer for half an hour.

Step 5: Break the mixture up
Remove the steamed semolina. Place it into another bowl and break it up with a fork to make it fluffy.

Step 6: Add oil and water
Add the oil and about 500ml of water. This should be enough to give a wet texture to the mixture, if necessary, add more water until the required texture is gained. Mix well and let it rest for 10 minutes.

Step 7: Finish cooking the semolina
Return the semolina to the steamer for another 20 minutes to finish cooking it.

Step 8: Serve
Serve hot as a delightful accompaniment to several Moroccan and Middle Eastern dishes. Couscous can be made in advance, so if you prefer, just reheat it in the steamer the next day for an enjoyable compliment to your meal.

Serves: 4

Preparation Time for Couscous: 5 minutes

Cooking Time for Couscous: 50 minutes