Never used couscous before I found all the recipes

on here and just brought the couscous from Bin Inn. Great recipes guys So brought a packet from the supermarket and it says after adding the couscous to boiling water leave for 5 min, just like the recipes on here, but then it says add butter and return to heat. Have I brought the wrong couscous? and do I just carry on with your recipes, Really don't want to add butter trying to lose weight

Chef_slimgym, Feb 23, 5:16 pm

Butter helps loosen it up and easier to fluff with a fork. I just add the couscous to a bowl, pour in boiling water (not on any heat source) cover the bowl with lid or a plate and wait 5 mins and then add the butter and fluff with a fork. A tteaspoon is all you need, or you can add a lil oil. Then whatever flavours you want to it. Easy stuff to make

Chef_kirmag, Feb 23, 6:03 pm

I add couscous to a bowl add a little olive oil, a little stock powder, then add the water, give it a swirl and then cover and sit for approx 5 min, then stir. If adding butter, I would add, then pour the boiling water over it to melt. Swirl then let sit.

Chef_ruby19, Feb 23, 7:10 pm

The heat melts the butter, add it after 5mins, not before.

Chef_eastie3, Feb 24, 5:17 am

I have never used butter and never had a problem with the "fluffiness" of it.

Chef_danjoboys, Feb 24, 5:36 am

Na, no need for butter - like a fat it's flavour mostly. Just remember fat isn't a bad thing as part of a balanced diet! Use chicken stock, or water with ginger soaked in it - all works well - the thing with couscous (tiny pasta, in effect so quite high in carbs) is you can do what you like! Just add a ton of fresh chopped herbs, peppers, spring onions, seeded tomatoes and oh la la!

Chef_awoftam, Feb 24, 6:12 am

Yep I don't add any fat either. Pour the water over, stir, add salt or stock if I'm using it, cover with a plate for 5 minutes, fluff up with a fork. And eat! Yum :]

Chef_fefeoc, Feb 24, 8:14 am

soak currents in lemon juice with the pemon peel grated fine and added add to couscus with butter and spring onion yummy goes well with lamb

Chef_whitehead., Feb 24, 10:39 pm

I go with Jamie Oliver and use cold water.
Don't have to cool the salad down.

Chef_gilligee, Feb 24, 11:54 pm

I don't have it cold. Usually as a hot side dish with roast or chargrilled vege chucked in here.

Chef_kirmag, Feb 25, 1:19 am

so you just put equals amounts of water/couscous cold water and its ok, because I am using it for salads so have to wait till it gets cold.

I am going to buy from Bin Inn more courser, the one I brought very small and it just seems to glug

thanks guys for all your help

Chef_slimgym, Jan 30, 5:00 pm