We will teach you How To Cook Couscous in your pressure cooker! Cooking couscous is easy, and it goes with many dishes.

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How To Cook Couscous

Making couscous is super simple, and it’s incredibly tasty. If you haven’t tried Instant Pot couscous yet, this is the prime time! It goes well with all sorts of sauces and soups. Plus, it’s an excellent addition to salads too.

Love cooking in your Instant Pot? We don’t blame you a bit. Check out some of our popular Instant Pot dishes. Instant Pot Creamy Tomato Soup, Instant Pot Swedish Meatballs and Egg Noodles, Instant Pot Quinoa, and Instant Pot Curried Pumpkin Soup.

Why You’ll Love Making Couscous

  • Super easy
  • Goes well with lots of foods
  • Making couscous is fast
  • Tastes great
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Cooking Couscous Ingredients

  • Couscous
  • Salt
  • Basil
  • Water
  • Butter

How To Cook Couscous

Step 1: Melt Butter

Turn the instant pot to the saute setting. Melt butter in the pressure cooker.

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Step 2: Add couscous

Add the couscous to the butter. Sprinkle in the spices and add the water.

Step 3: Cook couscous

Add the lid to the pressure cooker and cook on manual for 5 minutes using high pressure. Once done, follow with a quick release. Stir and serve. Enjoy!

adding water to couscous

Couscous Serving Suggestions

Now that you have learned how to cook couscous, you can include it with so many meals! After cooking couscous consider serving it with any of the following:

  • Grilled chicken
  • Seafood
  • Stew
  • Salad
  • Okra
  • Tomatoes
  • Turkey
  • Tofu
  • Bread

Instant Pot Couscous FAQs

Is couscous a pasta or a grain?

The texture of couscous more resembles balls of tiny pasta. While couscous isn’t a grain, it does have a similar texture to quinoa or rice.

How long does couscous last?

After you are done cooking the couscous, let it cool down. Store leftovers in the fridge for 3-4 days. Keep the leftover instant pot couscous in an airtight container.

Can you freeze couscous?

Yep! It will last for up to 3 months in the freezer. Allow it to thaw out in the fridge before reheating and serving.

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How To Cook Couscous In The Instant Pot

How to Cook Couscous

5 from 4 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4


We will teach you How To Cook Couscous in your pressure cooker! Cooking couscous is easy and it goes with many dishes.


  • 2 cups couscous
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons butter


  • Start by using the saute button, then add the butter. Let the butter melt and then add the couscous, and mix well.
  • Then add the spices and water.
  • Set your Instant Pot to 5 minutes, using manual high pressure and the vent should be sealed.
  • When the timer beeps, do a quick release.
  • Fluff and serve.
  • Enjoy!


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Calories: 375kcalCarbohydrates: 67gProtein: 11gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.4gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 645mgPotassium: 145mgFiber: 4gSugar: 0.01gVitamin A: 176IUVitamin C: 0.01mgCalcium: 29mgIron: 1mg

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