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Israeli Couscous

Israeli Couscous (Pearl Couscous)

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


Israeli couscous (aka pearl couscous) is a fast and easy side dish! Toss this tiny pasta with lemon and olive oil to serve, or mix with vegetables to make a simple salad.


  • 1 cup Israeli couscous or pearl couscous
  • 1 1/2 cups water (or broth)
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • Zest of 1/2 lemon


  1. Bring the water to a boil in a large saucepan. 
  2. Add the Israeli couscous, garlic powder and 1/2 teaspoon of the kosher salt and reduce to a simmer. Cover with lid and cook 8 to 10 minutes, until the couscous is tender and the water is absorbed.
  3. Remove the couscous to a bowl, mix it with the olive oil, and allow to stand for 2 to 3 minutes. 
  4. Fluff with a fork to break up the pieces. Mix in the chopped parsley, lemon zest, and remaining 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt. Serve immediately. Leftovers store up to 1 week; refresh the flavors with an additional pinch of salt and/or drizzle of olive oil. 
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Middle Eastern
  • Diet: Vegan