Buttery couscous

Buttery couscous

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(5 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 20 mins Plus soaking


Serves 6
Serve a big scoop of this buttery couscous alongside your favourite meat or veggie recipe

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal195
  • fat8g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs30g
  • sugars1g
  • fibre0g
  • protein3g
  • salt0.47g
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  • 350g couscous



    Consisting of many tiny granules made from steamed and dried durum wheat, couscous has become a…

  • 400ml warm water
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil is made from pressing sunflower seeds and extracting the oil. It's usually…

  • knob of butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…


  1. Soak the couscous in the warm water with the salt for 10-15 mins, until it’s been absorbed. Gently break up the grains with a fork and add sunflower oil. Rub the oil into the grains to break them up. Aerate by lifting them up in your fingers and letting them fall.

  2. Heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Tip the couscous into an ovenproof dish and dot with little bits of butter. Soak a piece of greaseproof paper in water and squeeze out the excess before laying it over the top of the couscous. Place in the oven for 15-20 mins.

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31st Mar, 2015
Superb! The couscous was light and fluffy. I added more than just a knob of butter and used olive oil instead of sunflower oil.
12th Jun, 2014
what has this world come too, not putting onion in couscous, appauling and disgraceful to world, you should be a ashamed. To learn more about onions, visit www.onion-usa.com
12th Jun, 2014
the lack of onion is worrying
9th Jun, 2013
I really like this couscous and I'm not really a couscous fan. There is something about the butter which makes the couscous less grainy, somehow. I garnished it with flaked almonds and coriander.
12th Jun, 2014
Does this meal contain a significant amount of onion?
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