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Saffron Couscous

Scott Phillips

Servings: ten to twelve.

Baking the couscous helps it cook evenly and frees up your stovetop too.


  • 3 cups (1-1/2 lb.) couscous
  • 3 cups lower-salt chicken broth
  • 4 Tbs. unsalted butter
  • 1/2 tsp. saffron threads, crumbled
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 250
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 80
  • Fat (g): 9
  • Saturated Fat (g): 3
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 4.5
  • Cholesterol (mg): 10
  • Sodium (mg): 115
  • Carbohydrates (g): 34
  • Fiber (g): 2
  • Protein (g): 7


  • Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 350°F. Put the couscous in a 9×13-inch baking dish; set aside.

    In a small saucepan, heat the chicken broth, butter, saffron, and 1 tsp. salt over medium-high heat until the butter is melted and the broth is hot. Pour the mixture over the couscous and mix well.

    Cover the baking dish with foil and bake until the liquid has been absorbed by the couscous, 10 to 12 minutes. Let sit at room temperature, covered, for 5 minutes. Drizzle the olive oil over the couscous. Using a fork or your fingers, gently mix to coat the couscous in oil and break apart any clumps. Transfer to a serving dish. If not serving immediately, loosely cover the dish and keep warm for up to 30 minutes.


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Reviews (3 reviews)

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    SweetJLee | 12/22/2010

    Fantastic flavor. I used whole wheat couscous and the whole family loved it.

  • DovetailGuy | 01/25/2009

    Simple. Delicious.Thanks FC.

  • carolyn807 | 01/21/2009

    Super easy to make and very flavorful!

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