How to Cook Pearl Couscous in a Rice Cooker – and a Yummy Recipe!

Pearl couscous, also known as Israeli couscous or ptitim, is a type of pasta that is made from wheat and is shaped into small, round grains. It has a slightly chewy texture and a nutty flavor that makes it a great addition to salads, soups, and side dishes. While it can be cooked on the stovetop, a rice cooker is a convenient and foolproof way to cook perfect pearl couscous every time.

Pearl couscous is different from traditional North African couscous in that it is made from wheat rather than semolina flour, and it is larger and has a more toothsome texture. It is also typically cooked by boiling rather than steaming.

If you just want to cook plain pearl couscous then here’s how to do it in a rice rice cooker:


  • 1 cup pearl couscous
  • 1 3/4 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Add the pearl couscous, water, and salt to the rice cooker. Stir to combine.
  2. Close the lid of the rice cooker and set it to the “rice” setting. Let the couscous cook until the rice cooker switches to the “keep warm” setting, about 15-18 minutes.
  3. Fluff the couscous with a fork and serve hot.

Pearl Couscous and Fish

A plate with a piece of fish with lemon and pearl couscous, dinner
A plate with a piece of fish with lemon and pearl couscous, dinner

This pearl couscous and fish recipe is a quick and easy meal that is perfect for a weeknight dinner. The creamy couscous pairs perfectly with the flaky fish, and the lemon parsley mixture adds a bright and refreshing touch. Try experimenting with different types of fish and herbs to find your perfect combination.


  • 1 cup pearl couscous
  • 1 3/4 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound white fish fillets (such as tilapia or cod)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
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  1. Cook the pearl couscous according to the instructions in the previous recipe.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Season the fish fillets with salt and pepper and place them in the skillet. Cook for 3-4 minutes on each side, or until the fish is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the lemon zest, lemon juice, parsley, and garlic.
  4. Fluff the couscous with a fork and transfer it to a serving platter. Top with the cooked fish fillets and the lemon parsley mixture. Serve hot.

Hints and Tips:

  • Pearl couscous is a type of pasta, so it will absorb more water than traditional rice. Be sure to use the correct ratio of water to couscous for optimal cooking results.
  • If you prefer a softer, more tender couscous, you can increase the amount of water slightly. Just be sure to keep an eye on it as it cooks, as you don’t want it to become too mushy.
  • Pearl couscous is a versatile ingredient that can be used in a variety of dishes. Try adding some diced vegetables, protein, and a flavorful dressing to turn it into a satisfying main course.

In conclusion, pearl couscous is a tasty and convenient ingredient that is easy to cook in a rice cooker. Whether you are looking for a simple side dish or a more substantial meal, pearl couscous is a versatile and flavorful choice. Give this recipe a try and see for yourself how easy it is to make perfectly cooked couscous every time.

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