Couscous Pilaf
Credit: Kana Okada; Styling: Sara Quessenberry

The best way to create fluffy grains of couscous is to cook it as follows: for every 1 cup of dry couscous, bring 1 1/4 cups of liquid to a boil. Stir in the couscous, cover the pot and remove it from the heat. In about 15 minutes, the grains will absorb the liquid.

Now here's the key: When it's time to serve the couscous, don't scoop it out of the pot with a spoon. Scrape the grains out with a fork, which is like combing them and keeps them separate–and fluffy.

Watch our video with tips on cooking couscous.