Israeli Couscous is a simple side dish that’s the perfect addition to whatever meat you’re cooking. Or, mix in some protein and veggies for a simple one dish meal. Making couscous in an Instant Pot is much quicker than cooking it on a stove top. This pressure cooker Israeli couscous recipe is quick and easy to make!
What is Israeli Couscous?
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 that is mostly Israeli Style Couscous, but also includes red and green orzo, split baby garbanzo beans, and red quinoa.
I’ve been making this easy pressure cooker 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.
Making Israeli Couscous in an Instant Pot
As with most pastas, couscous made in an Instant Pot cooks in half the time listed on the package. 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.
Pressure Cooker Israeli Couscous
- 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.
*Adjust the cook time to one half of the recommend cook time on the package if substituting a different brand of couscous.