Instant Pot Israeli Couscous

White bowl of Israeli Couscous ready for cooking

Israeli couscous are tiny balls of lightly toasted pasta dough, and they are absolutely delicious!

So if you want to diversify your dinner a bit, and try something other than quinoa or rice, you have to make this dish!

Pearl couscous is the perfect addition to whatever meat you are cooking and kids love it.

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Harvest Grains Blend - 1 cup = 8 oz.

I'm using RiceSelect Organic Pearl Couscous but you can use any brand or shape you like.

Olive oil - you can replace with canola oil, butter or even take it out if you are on a diet.

Chicken Broth - you can use vegetable broth, turkey stock or even water instead.

Salt and pepper - to taste.

How can I make it vegan?

Replace the chicken broth with vegetable stock or water.

Can I add vegetables?

Sure! Feel free to add veggies like broccoli or bell pepper to add some color and flavor:

You can also add onion or mushrooms as well (same cooking time):

Can I double the amount?

Yes. If you want to double up the quantity and make 16 ounce pack or 2 cups, use 2 ½ cups of chicken broth or other liquid.

The ratio is 1 to 1¼

Cooking time stays the same - cook for 5 minutes and once done do a quick pressure release.

How about a one-pot meal?

Looking for one-pot meal using Israeli couscous? Check out this Israeli Couscous with Ground Beef.

I got a burn message! What to do?

If you see the Instant Pot burn message on the display, and hear some annoying beeps, just ignore it all for 5 minutes and than do a quick pressure release. Don't worry - the taste and the texture would still be great - Trust me :]

The burn message on this case just means that you added too less water, so next time, for the same amount, brand and type, add a little more water.

It happened to me one time when I used a different brand, and although I thought that dinner is ruined, I still got a delicious Israeli couscous!

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What to serve with Israeli Couscous?

Serve with any beef or chicken recipe instead of rice. Some suggestions:

Instant Pot Mongolian Beef

Instant Pot Picadillo

Instant Pot Chicken Meatballs

Instant Pot Cashew Chicken

Instant Pot Jerk Chicken

Need more ideas? Check out What To Serve With Israeli Couscous for 15 delicious options.

White bowl of Israeli Couscous ready for cooking

Instant Pot Israeli Couscous

A super easy recipe that makes an extraordinarily delicious and nutritious plate of couscous for the whole family! All you need is Israeli couscous, oil and spices.
4.61 from 84 votes
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Course: dinner, lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine: Israeli, Middle East
Keyword: couscous, Couscous Pilaf, Harvest Grains Blend, Israeli Couscous
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 6 minutes
Servings: 3
Author: Corrie


  • 1 cup Harvest Grains Blend 8 ounce
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • cup chicken broth
  • 1 salt and pepper to taste


  • Place Harvest Grains Blend, oil, chicken broth, salt and pepper in the Instant Pot and stir well.
  • Close the lid and cook on high pressure for 5 minutes.
  • When cooking time is complete, do a quick pressure release.
  • Fluff with a fork and serve 🙂


Calories: 261kcal Carbohydrates: 46g Protein: 8g Fat: 4g Saturated Fat: 3g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 12mg Sodium: 2725mg Potassium: 142mg Fiber: 3g Sugar: 1g Vitamin A: 130IU Calcium: 29mg Iron: 1mg



  • If you want to make the recipe colorful, add veggies or simply use tri-color couscous.
  • You can make 2 cups of couscous with 2 ½ coups of stock. Cooking time stay the same - 5 minutes and then a quick release.
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2 thoughts on “Instant Pot Israeli Couscous

  1. What, exactly, is the measure of a package of harvest grains blend. Keep in mind the internet is international and we don’t all have the same products.

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