The ingredients needed to cook couscous include instant couscous, butter, salt and water. For better results, mix these ingredients in the correct proportions. In general, a good couscous recipe involves mixing these ingredients in the proportions of one to one.
Start by gathering necessary equipment such as a lidded sauce pan and a fork. Pour 1 cup of water into a sauce pan, add 1 tablespoon of butter, cover the sauce pan with lid, and heat the mixture to a boiling point on high heat. Once the mixture boils, set down the pan from the heat, lift the lid and pour 1 cup of instant couscous into the boiled mixture. Add 1 teaspoon of salt, and stir the ingredients to form a uniform mixture.
Once sufficiently stirred, replace the lid, allow the mixture to sit for 10 minutes so the water sinks into the couscous. Remove the lid, and check if the couscous has absorbed the water. If necessary, replace the lid, and allow the mixture more time for water absorption. Using a fork, piece the cooked couscous, fluff it, and then serve. In case you choose to wait for other cooking food, cover the couscous in the pan with the lid to prevent cooling.