Shrimp and Couscous Salad

Shrimp and Couscous Salad

I recently tried couscous for the first time and I enjoyed it. It was pretty small, like grains of sand. Not too long ago I came across this recipe that used couscous that was much larger, more like small pearls. It looked pretty interesting and the recipe sounded pretty tasty. I was able to find the larger couscous at the St. Lawrence market in a package labeled as Israeli couscous. The original recipe called for mint but when I went to make it I realized that I had forgotten to pick up the mint. I did however have some fresh dill on hand so I used that. This was one of the most amazing dishes that I have had in a while. The couscous had an amazing al dente texture and a great flavour from cooking it in the chicken stock and lemon juice. The shrimp were of course succulent. Given how easy this dish was to make I think I will be enjoying it fairly often in the future. The next time I try it I will have to remember the mint.

Shrimp and Couscous Salad

Shrimp and Couscous Salad

  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 1 clove garlic (chopped)
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup couscous
  • 1 lemon (zest & juice)
  • 5 shrimp
  • 1 tablespoon of a fresh herb (chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon dried cranberries
  • 1 tablespoon slivered almonds (toasted in butter)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Heat the oil in a sauce pan.
  2. Add the garlic and saute until fragrant.
  3. Add the chicken stock, lemon juice, couscous and bring to a boil.
  4. Add the shrimp after 5 minutes and continue to boil until the couscous is al dente, about 7-9 minutes in total (just like pasta).
  5. Mix in the fresh herb, cranberries, almonds, salt and pepper.


Cynthia said...

Kevin, your food, the styling and presentation and photography is really excellent. I enjoy visiting just to see what you've made.

Peter M said...

A great 1st course Keven. As for your couscous, I believe the tyoe you sued here is called Israeli couscous.

Deborah said...

I've never made couscous before, but I've eaten it. I have been seeing many posts with the Israeli couscous and have been dying to try it. This sounds amazing!

Anh said...

This is what I called an effective meal! Very lovely indeed!

Rasa Malaysia said...

I would love to try this dish, ASAP. My very favorite dish and I just love couscous :)

canarygirl said...

Oh wow, this looks reeeeeeeally good! Beautiful presentation! :)

Chris said...

This is wonderful! I love couscous - especially Israeli couscous . This is such a me recipe. Thanks!

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