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Instant Pot Pearl Couscous

Instant Pot Pearl Couscous is a traditional Mediterranean side dish.  Because of its versatility couscous can be flavored to go with many different entrees or added to a main dish.  This simple side dish is cooks perfectly in the Instant Pot for a quick dish any night of the week!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time6 mins
Pressurization10 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: pearl couscous, Instant Pot, side dish
Servings: 4
Calories: 198kcal
Author: Bobbie Blue


  • 1 cup couscous
  • 1 ¼ cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped


  • Add couscous, chicken broth, parsley, salt and pepper to the pot for an Instant Pot.
  • Secure lid and attach valve, turning to the “sealing” position.
  • Press manual or pressure cook button and use the minus button to time for 6 minutes.
  • Remember it will take at least 5 minutes to come up to pressure, then the display will count down.
  • Once the 6 minutes is up you can quick release by venting the steam valve. Carefully with a long handle spoon turn the valve, keeping face away from steam.
  • Remove lid fluff couscous with a fork and pour into serving bowl. Top with additional parsley.


Serving: 4g | Calories: 198kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 6.2g | Fat: 3.8g | Saturated Fat: 0.6g | Sodium: 175mg | Fiber: 2.3g | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg