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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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Shrimp and Vegetable Couscous

A recipe for shrimp and vegetable couscous made with squash and Israeli couscous. A quick and easy meal for a busy weeknight or any day.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Author Renee


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:

  1. 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:

  1. Slice the zucchini and squash in half lengthwise and then into 1/4-inch slices. Set aside.
  2. 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.

Recipe Notes

*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.

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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Monday 20th of February 2017

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Susan Silver

Saturday 23rd of February 2013

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!


Monday 25th of February 2013

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.

Angie @ Big Bear's Wife

Tuesday 19th of February 2013

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


Tuesday 19th of February 2013

Thanks Angie!

Lyn @LovelyPantry

Wednesday 13th of February 2013

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!


Thursday 14th of February 2013

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

Lane @ Supper for a Steal

Wednesday 13th of February 2013

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.


Wednesday 13th of February 2013

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