Basic Couscous

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Clock Icon for Prep Time 15 min prep
Person Icon for Serving Size 10 servings
Carrot Icon for Number of Ingredients Size 4 ingredients

Couscous is extremely simple and fast to make, and a great pantry standby. Whip this up next time you need to add a quick starch to your meal. The general rule is 1 cup...


  • 3 cups water or stock
  • Olive oil or butter, to taste
  • Salt, to taste
  • 2 cups whole wheat or plain couscous

Nutrition Facts


143 cals


2 g

Saturated Fat

0 g

Polyunsaturated Fat

0 g

Monounsaturated Fat

1 g


27 g


0 g


2 g


4 g


249 mg


  1. Bring water or stock, olive oil or butter, and salt to a boil.
  2. Add couscous and stir once. Turn off heat and cover to allow couscous steam for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork and serve.

Chef Tips

Leftover couscous can be used for salads like tabbouleh, or added to stir fried veggies.

If you are on a bland or low fiber diet, use regular couscous instead of whole wheat.

Registered Dietitian Approved

All our recipes are created by chefs and reviewed by our oncology-trained staff Registered Dietitian, Kate Ueland, MS, RD, to ensure that each is backed with scientific evidence and meets the standards set by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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