This Pressure Cooker Israeli Couscous is a quick and easy side dish that’s a perfect addition to whatever meat you’re cooking. Or, mix in some protein and veggies for a simple one dish meal.
Israeli Couscous is little pasta-like pearls made from semolina or wheat flour. They have a fun, slightly chewy texture that sort of pops in your mouth. Trader Joe’s sells a Harvest Grains Blend this is mostly Israeli Style Couscous, but also includes red and green orzo, split baby garbanzo beans, and red quinoa.
I’ve been making this side dish for a couple of years now. It’s become a family favorite. Trader Joe’s is about a 30 minute drive from my house, so I always buy several bags when I’m shopping at Trader Joe’s. My daughter often asks me to pick up a couple bags for her too.
This side dish is so simple to make, and since I make it often, I thought it would be nice to have it on my site so I wouldn’t have to try to remember how I cooked it last time. This time I served it with brisket.
As with most pastas, Israeli couscous cooks in half the time listed on the package in the pressure cooker. I also reduce the liquid recommended on the package by about 1/3, since you won’t have the evaporation you would if you were cooking it on the stove.
If you don’t have a Trader Joe’s near you, you can also buy the Harvest Blend on Amazon. Or, you could substitute a package of regular Israeli Couscous in this recipe as well. You get 10 servings from one package, so you could make half a batch. But my family usually eats most of it the first night, and I look forward to having the leftovers for lunch the next day.
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
- 1 16-ounce package Harvest Grains Blend
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Melt the butter in the pressure cooking pot. Add broth and Harvest Grains Blend. Stir to combine.
- Lock the lid in place and cook on high pressure for 5 minutes*. When timer beeps, turn pressure cooker off and do a quick pressure release. Fluff with a fork and add salt and pepper to taste.