Can You Microwave Couscous?

If you’ve decided that you want to microwave couscous, then you’ll want to know the proper method for doing so. We’ve outlined it below and included a few tips and tricks to follow too:

How to Microwave Couscous

Most types of couscous can be cooked in the microwave if you need to. Just make sure your bowl is large enough because it can boil over and make a mess in the microwave.

When you next need to cook couscous in the microwave follow these instructions.

  1. Grab a Bowl
    Grab yourself a large microwave-safe bowl.
  2. Add Water
    Pour about 1.25 of a cup of water into the bowl and put it into the microwave.
  3. Microwave
    Heat on full power until the water is boiling.
  4. Add Couscous
    Once the water is heated, carefully pour the couscous into the bowl with a dash of oil and a pinch of salt and then give it a good stir. Cover the bowl with a lid or an upturned plate if you have no lid available.
  5. Leave to Stand
    Let it stand for about five minutes until the water has been absorbed.
  6. Fluff Up
    Grab a fork and fluff up the couscous and then serve.

3 Tips for Microwaving Couscous

If you want to have further success when cooking couscous using a microwave, follow these 3 tips:

  • Check the Packaging – Always check the packaging for further cooking instructions. The steps outlined above give you a good basic recipe but different couscous packets may differ in their cooking instructions for best results.
  • Might Be Easier to Boil a Kettle – When you microwave your couscous you are usually not actually putting the couscous in the microwave! You are simply using the microwave to boil the water. This is perfect if you don’t have easy access to other methods of boiling water. But, if you do then it may be easier to boil a kettle instead and pour the boiling water into a bowl before adding the couscous.
  • Add Flavours – When you are boiling your water consider your flavours too. Couscous is a great grain but it is fairly bland on its own. You could add some chicken or vegetable stock to the boiling water to add lots of delicious flavour to your meal.

Advantages of Microwaved Couscous

The microwave brings with it some clear benefits, especially when cooking couscous:

  1. Convenient
    The major advantage of cooking couscous using a microwave is the convenience of it. If you want a quick lunch at work you don’t always have access to a stovetop and other cooking facilities. You almost always have access to a microwave which means you can always have a tasty, yet healthy meal of couscous.
  2. Super Easy
    Another advantage of microwaving couscous is how easy it is. All you need to do is boil the water in the microwave. After this, you are just letting the hot water do its job to cook the couscous and you don’t need to worry about it at all.

Disadvantages of Microwaved Couscous

Unfortunately, you should be aware of the clear drawbacks of using the microwave:

  1. Dangerous and Messy
    Boiling water in a microwave can be a little tricky to do. You have to watch it and check it often and it can boil over very easily and make a mess! You might find there are easier ways to boil your water such as using a kettle or even a stovetop.
  2. Degradation
    When reheating your couscous in a microwave you can find that the flavour and texture degrades a little. It may even end up dry! There are things you can do about this, such as add a little extra water though.

How to Reheat Couscous in the Microwave

If you have leftover couscous then popping it into the microwave is the easiest way to heat it back up. All you need to do is follow these easy steps.

  1. Put Couscous in a Bowl
    Pop your couscous into a microwave-safe bowl.
  2. Add Water
    Add two or three tablespoons of water and then stir it gently.
  3. Microwave
    Pop the couscous into the microwave for about thirty seconds to a minute and heat.
  4. Stir and RepeatStir the couscous gently and pop it back in for another thirty seconds to a minute. Keep repeating until your couscous is warmed through.

How to Defrost Couscous in the Microwave

If you have frozen couscous then you don’t need to worry about defrosting it before heating it at all. You can pop it into a bowl and put it into a microwave and defrost and heat it up at the same time.

Make sure you stir it often to ensure that it heats evenly throughout.

Final Summary

Couscous is a great meal. It’s quick and easy and if you are stuck for time or kitchen equipment you can cook it using a microwave to boil the water! It may not be the easiest method but it does work if you don’t have a cooker or a kettle available.