EASY Homemade Couscous

I recently made homemade couscous from semolina over a stove top, and my friend Dana (who is a seasoned chef) shared that there is an even easier method where you can make homemade couscous from semolina via microwave!

She sent this video in Hebrew from youtube with directions, and I’ve translated the instructions below!

Homemade Couscous (in the microwave)


  • 1/2 kilo semolina (around 3 cups)
  • 1/2 cup neutral oil (I used canola oil)


  1. Add semolina into a large glass microwave safe dish
  2. Make a well in the center semolina and 1/2 cup oil in the well. Microwave for 3 minutes
  3. Mix dough and take lumps out with fork. Make the dough an even height
  4. Add 1 cup (200 ml) water around the circumference (edge) of the bowl) Microwave 3 min and mix out lumps with a fork.
  5. Repeat above step (step 4) another time.
  6. Check if the couscous is too soft, you don’t want it to be sticky. If the couscous is soft, you are done. You don’t want it to be sticky. If it is, add another 1 cup of water around the edge and another 3 min in the microwave
  7. Once done, add 1 tbsp of salt and mix and break up clumps again with the fork.
  8. Traditionally, you can use a couscous sifter to break up clumps or a sieve (using your hand or a spatula to push down the grains) as a substitute, but I don’t have one (and didn’t want to deal with the mess of cleaning a sieve) so I didn’t bother. Personally, I like a bit of couscous clump, so it wasn’t worth the effort for me!
  9. Add as a side dish or top with your favorite tagine!

I’d love to see your creations! Tag me on social media (@ahavabite on facebook and instagram) so we can all #ahavabite

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