Last night I cooked Pearl Couscous for the first time and was really delighted with the result.  I’m a big fan of regular couscous, so should have expected to enjoy this version as well.  Given that I bought two packets at the Good Food and Wine Show in Brisbane last November, it’s actually taken me a bit of time to get around to trying this.  Now I wish I’d done it sooner!

While this version of couscous may not be new to some cooks, for those that haven’t tried it, the pearl couscous is a great substitute for rice, pasta or other grains in any dish.  It can be served on the side or incorporated into the meal itself.  If you are looking for a bit of variety in your cooking, this is a great way to achieve it.

There are a few different ways to cook the Pearl Couscous either by using the microwave or stovetop.  Rather than boiling it for 8-10 minutes, I cooked it slightly differently.  Also, I always use a stock when preparing couscous as it adds much more flavour than plain water, but that’s a personal preference.  Here’s how I cooked mine (and then served it with a yummy Moroccan Chicken & Tomato Casserole)…

Pearl Couscous

250g packet pearl couscous

2 cups chicken stock, boiling hot

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp margarine


Add couscous to a saucepan, add oil and pour over the boiling stock.  Cover with a lid and let stand for around 5 minutes.  Stir through the margarine and then bring to a low simmer for 3-4 minutes, or until tender.  Stir from time to time so it doesn’t catch on the bottom of the pan.  Serve with whatever you like!

The Klutzy Cook Notes

  • Pearl couscous is available in most leading supermarkets.  In Australia, check out Blu Gourmet Pearl Couscous which is the brand I used.
  • Sometimes Pearl Couscous is known as Israeli Couscous.

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