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Quick Shrimp Couscous

  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


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


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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