Spiced Shrimp & Pearl Couscous with Sautéed Zucchini

Spiced Shrimp & Pearl Couscous

with Sautéed Zucchini

25 MIN
2 Servings
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From the Test Kitchen

This light summer dish matches pearl couscous (little spheres of toasted semolina dough) with crisp shrimp and tender, garlicky zucchini. We’re spicing the shrimp with the exciting flavors of ground fennel, turmeric and Aleppo pepper. It all comes together in a well-balanced tomato sauce, made with a bit of tart verjus rouge—the juice of young red grapes—and rich butter.

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  • Nutrition
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  • Calories
    685 Cals (est.)
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Spiced Shrimp & Pearl Couscous with Sautéed Zucchini
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Cook the couscous:
1 Cook the couscous:

Heat a medium pot of salted water to boiling on high. Once boiling, add the couscous and cook 6 to 8 minutes, or until tender. Turn off the heat. Reserving ½ cup of the couscous cooking water, thoroughly drain the cooked couscous and return to the pot.

Prepare the ingredients:
2 Prepare the ingredients:

While the couscous cooks, wash and dry the fresh produce. Cut off and discard the ends of the zucchini. Quarter the zucchini lengthwise; slice crosswise into ¼-inch-thick pieces. Peel and mince the garlic. Finely chop the parsley leaves and stems.

Cook the zucchini:
3 Cook the zucchini:

While the couscous continues to cook, in a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the zucchini and garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 4 minutes, or until softened and fragrant.

Make the sauce:
4 Make the sauce:

Add the tomato paste to the pan of zucchini; cook, stirring frequently, 1 to 2 minutes, or until dark red and fragrant. Add the verjus and ¼ cup of water. Cook, stirring frequently and scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until thoroughly combined; season with salt and pepper. Turn off the heat.

Add the shrimp:
5 Add the shrimp:

Pat the shrimp dry with paper towels and transfer to a bowl. Season with salt, pepper and the spice blend; toss to coat. Add the seasoned shrimp to the pan of zucchini and sauce. Cook on medium-high, stirring occasionally, 2 to 4 minutes, or until the shrimp are opaque and cooked through.

Finish the couscous & plate your dish:
6 Finish the couscous & plate your dish:

Add the cooked couscous, butter and half the reserved couscous cooking water to the pan. Cook, stirring vigorously, 1 to 2 minutes, or until thoroughly combined; season with salt and pepper to taste. (If the sauce seems dry, gradually add the remaining couscous cooking water to achieve your desired consistency.) Divide between 2 dishes. Garnish with the parsley. Enjoy!

Tips from Home Chefs

1 Cook the couscous:

Heat a medium pot of salted water to boiling on high. Once boiling, add the couscous and cook 6 to 8 minutes, or until tender. Turn off the heat. Reserving ½ cup of the couscous cooking water, thoroughly drain the cooked couscous and return to the pot.

2 Prepare the ingredients:

While the couscous cooks, wash and dry the fresh produce. Cut off and discard the ends of the zucchini. Quarter the zucchini lengthwise; slice crosswise into ¼-inch-thick pieces. Peel and mince the garlic. Finely chop the parsley leaves and stems.

Cook the zucchini:
3 Cook the zucchini:

While the couscous continues to cook, in a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the zucchini and garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 4 minutes, or until softened and fragrant.

4 Make the sauce:

Add the tomato paste to the pan of zucchini; cook, stirring frequently, 1 to 2 minutes, or until dark red and fragrant. Add the verjus and ¼ cup of water. Cook, stirring frequently and scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until thoroughly combined; season with salt and pepper. Turn off the heat.

Make the sauce:
Add the shrimp:
5 Add the shrimp:

Pat the shrimp dry with paper towels and transfer to a bowl. Season with salt, pepper and the spice blend; toss to coat. Add the seasoned shrimp to the pan of zucchini and sauce. Cook on medium-high, stirring occasionally, 2 to 4 minutes, or until the shrimp are opaque and cooked through.

6 Finish the couscous & plate your dish:

Add the cooked couscous, butter and half the reserved couscous cooking water to the pan. Cook, stirring vigorously, 1 to 2 minutes, or until thoroughly combined; season with salt and pepper to taste. (If the sauce seems dry, gradually add the remaining couscous cooking water to achieve your desired consistency.) Divide between 2 dishes. Garnish with the parsley. Enjoy!

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