Shrimp and Vegetable Couscous for #WeekdaySupper #SauteExpress

by Renee on February 12, 2013

Shrimp Vegetable Couscous | Magnolia Days

Ever have one of those running behind days? When something comes up and blows your whole schedule. You put yourself in high gear to get back on track and then yet another thing arises. I had one of those days recently. Everything I had planned was disrupted. Next thing I knew it was after lunch and I was getting started on what I should have finished hours before. Then “poof” it was almost dinnertime. Thanks goodness shrimp and vegetable couscous is one of those “on the table in a flash” meals.

Couscous has to hold a record for quick cooking. I’m sure of it. I think only those noodles that almost explode when they hit the water are faster. I use and prefer the Israeli or pearl type which takes only a few more minutes to cook. Shrimp is also done in a matter of minutes. Add a few veggies to the mix and you have a complete meal.

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My shrimp and vegetable couscous recipe features the savory butter and olive oil one. I wanted something subtle to enhance all the flavors.  It was the right choice. It let the shrimp and veggies shine and gave them a flavor boost at the same time. It also added a touch of savory to the couscous. All together it is a great meal and on the table in less than 30 minutes.

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Shrimp and Vegetable Couscous

Shrimp and Vegetable Couscous

    For the couscous:
  • 1 square Land O Lakes® Savory Butter & Olive Oil Sauté Express® Sauté Starter
  • 2 cups uncooked Israeli/pearl couscous
  • 4 cups water*
  • For the shrimp and vegetables:
  • 3 squares Land O Lakes® Savory Butter & Olive Oil Sauté Express® Sauté Starter
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 medium zucchini
  • 2 medium yellow squash
  • 1 pound medium raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Salt and pepper
  • Optional chopped fresh parsley for garnish.
For the couscous:

In a saucepan, melt the Sauté Express® Sauté Starter square over medium heat until sizzling. Add the couscous and stir to coat. Continue cooking and stirring until lightly toasted, about 2 to 4 minutes. Add the water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes.

For the shrimp and vegetables:

Slice the zucchini and squash in half lengthwise and then into 1/4-inch slices. Set aside.

In a large 12-inch saute pan, melt the Sauté Express® Sauté Starter squares over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until translucent, about 4 minutes. Add the squash and sauté until slightly softened. Add the shrimp and stir. Cover and cook until shrimp are cooked through, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve shrimp and vegetables over couscous. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley if desired.


*Check your couscous package instructions for the amount of liquid to use. It can vary depending on the size.

You can substitute regular couscous if you cannot find Israeli/pearl couscous. Cook according to package instructions.

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Disclosure: The author received a full-value coupon redeemable for Sauté Express® Sauté Starter for recipe development and review purposes. All opinions are my own.

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The Ninja Baker February 12, 2013 at 7:10 pm

Minute I saw your photo of this shrimp and veggie wonder, I clicked. And I’m so glad I did! I love that your dish is gourmet (but shhh…easy and quick!)


Renee February 13, 2013 at 10:44 am

Thank you so much Kim!


Lane @ Supper for a Steal February 13, 2013 at 3:38 pm

I love cous cous and veggies, but usually serve it as a side dish to something else. I like that you included shrimp and made it a meal.


Renee February 13, 2013 at 3:54 pm

Thanks Lane! It’s nice to have it all together as a meal.


Lyn @LovelyPantry February 13, 2013 at 11:42 pm

This looks so tasty, and so very easy to make. I haven’t had pearl couscous in a while. I love that you paired it with shrimp! I’m enjoying #WeekdaySupper and the great recipe ideas!


Renee February 14, 2013 at 1:46 pm

Thanks Lyn! I am also enjoying all the #WeekdaySupper recipes. Our fellow Sunday Supper bloggers are so talented.


Angie @ Big Bear's Wife February 19, 2013 at 11:11 am

I have some Israeli/pearl couscous at home that is begging to be used for this! yum!


Renee February 19, 2013 at 2:07 pm

Thanks Angie!


Susan Silver February 23, 2013 at 9:35 pm

This looks absolutely delicious! I cannot wait to try this for myself. I will probably skip the shrimp and add something else. I love couscous though!


Renee February 25, 2013 at 12:42 pm

Thank you Susan! The good thing is you can add whatever protein or other vegetables you want. It is easy to adjust to your preferences.


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