Looking for a 15-minute meal to curb your hunger? Try this quick garlicky shrimp couscous, which comes together in a flash.
This post is the first in our new series, Cooking for Hangry People! Get ready for a series of 20-minute recipes, a podcast, and more.
Picture this: you just got off work and ran to the gym, or picked up your littles at school or daycare. In the rush of getting out the door at work, you realize you forgot your afternoon snack. Your stomach is starting to rumble and sounds above normal decibel levels start to make your head throb. Before you try to squelch the urge to lash out at a spouse, friend or little one you realize it’s already too late: you’re hangry.
Yes hangry: that combination of hunger and anger that destroys everything in its path until your rumbling stomach is satisfied. If you’re human, you’ve likely been hangry before, or at least seen someone else act out of hanger. We talk to a lot of people about food, and the question that most often comes up is: how do I get a quick (and nutritious) meal on the table at the end of a busy day when I’m bordering on hangry?
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While it’s absolutely a challenge, we’ve found that having a few resources in your arsenal can make a huge difference. To that end, we’re launching our series Cooking for Hangry People, a series of recipes to help inspire quick and nutritious meals to combat hanger. We’ve tried to keep the recipes 20 minutes or under, and use a limited list of ingredients that are fairly easy to come by. A few caveats before we start:
- Our Goal: to create dinner entrees that take 20 to 25 minutes for prep, excluding cleanup
- What it’s Not: If you’re dying of hanger, you may need a 5-minute triage-style hangry meal, like PB&J, avocado toast, or a tuna melt. We excluded this type of meal from our recipes, though they are useful and may be covered in a future post.
- To Tide You Over: For all hangry recipes, we suggest a healthy snack while cooking to take off the hangry edge, like veggies and hummus, almonds, olives, etc.
Related: Easy Dinner Recipes for Busy Lives
Making this garlicky shrimp couscous
Ready for the first hangry recipe? This quick garlicky shrimp couscous is not our typical vegetarian recipe (gasp!), because while our diet is full of vegetables we occasionally eat seafood. (Also, it’s good for your brain, Dr Ramsey told us in this podcast.) We couldn’t resist a shrimp recipe for this series because, 1. we love shrimp and, 2. it cooks SO quickly—as in 5 minutes quickly. Here juicy shrimp, quick sauteed in a bit of butter with minced garlic, is almost like candy. We’ve combined it with quick cooking couscous. While couscous is a pasta and not a whole grain, it cooks up in 5 minutes so we’ve used it here for expediency. If you have more time, feel free to substitute the grain of your choice: bulgur wheat is another quick cooking grain, or for gluten-free diets quinoa is also relatively fast. And if you’re vegetarian or vegan, hold out for our upcoming hangry recipes!
We want to hear from YOU in this Cooking for Hangry People series: what do you eat when you’re hangry? What quick tips for nutritious meals do you have up your sleeve? Please share any links to recipes you love (including if you’re a food blogger, we’d love to see favorites from your site!). We’re looking forward to beating hanger together — in our kitchens! #hangrynomore
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This recipe is…
This recipe is pescatarian. For dairy-free, use olive oil instead of butter for the shrimp. For gluten-free, use quinoa instead of couscous.
Looking for more healthy seafood recipes?
Outside of this shrimp couscous recipe, here are a few more healthy seafood recipes:
- 5 Minute Seared Tuna Recipe
- Seafood Paella Recipe on an Open Fire
- Baked Salmon with Chimichurri Sauce
- Truffled Egg with Smoked Salmon
- Baked Shrimp with Feta and Tomatoes
- Roasted Tomato Shrimp Over Creamy Polenta
- Grilled Shrimp and Vegetable Skewers
- Salmon en Papillote with Roasted Potatoes
- How to Buy Sustainable Fish & Seafood
Looking for fast and easy dinner recipes?
Outside of this quick shrimp couscous recipe, here are a few of our favorite easy recipes for weeknight dinners:
- Mushroom and Brie Quesadillas
- Simple Black Beans and Eggs
- Easy Vegetable Fried Rice
- Goat Cheese and Tomato Pita Pizzas
- Avocado Black Bean Vegetarian Quesadilla
- All Easy Dinner Ideas!
Looking for a 15-minute meal to curb that hangry edge? Try this quick garlicky shrimp couscous, which comes together in a flash.
- 1 cup couscous
- 1 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 lemon
- 2 garlic cloves
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1 pound raw shrimp, peeled and deveined (thawed, if frozen)
- 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
- In a medium pot, bring 1 1/4 cups water to a boil. Add couscous and ½ teaspoon kosher salt. Bring to a boil, then remove from the heat, cover and let stand for 5 minutes. When done, stir in olive oil, the juice from 1 lemon and another 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt. Taste, and add additional olive oil and lemon to taste.
- Mince the garlic. Pat the shrimp dry with a paper towel. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt the butter, then add garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Increase the heat to medium high and add the shrimp, ½ teaspoon kosher salt, and fresh ground pepper. Cook until the shrimp are opaque, about 3 minutes, turning once.
- Serve the shrimp over couscous garnished with chopped parsley.
- Category: Main Dish
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keywords: shrimp couscous, healthy seafood recipe, easy dinner recipe
About the Authors
Cookbook Author and writer
Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Cookbook Author and photographer
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.