Use your rice cooker to make perfectly fluffy couscous in just minutes! It’s a great hands-off way to make this simple side dish.

couscous in a rice cooker
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I love using my rice cooker for everything from quinoa to mac and cheese. It’s a really versatile appliance, and it’s perfect for those times when you might not have access to a stovetop. (College dorm room? Kitchen renovation? I’ve got you covered!) You can easily make couscous in a rice cooker and it comes out perfectly fluffy every time!

What is Couscous?

While you might think of it as a grain, couscous is actually a tiny pasta! I love it because it cooks in just a few minutes. Since it’s a simple pasta, it works with a variety of flavors. I like using it in the base of a grain bowl, paired with Parmesan and spinach, or tossed with fresh parsley and tomatoes to make couscous tabbouleh.

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Types of Couscous

There are two common types of couscous. Moroccan couscous is small and cooks very quickly. The grains are slightly bigger than coarsely ground cornmeal. Israeli couscous is larger and takes much longer to cook. For this recipe, you’ll want to use Moroccan couscous.

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How to Make Couscous in a Rice Cooker