Grilled Shrimp with Asparagus and Couscous

We post a lot about rich, fattening food here on Arkansas Foodies for one simple reason: that stuff is crazy delicious.  But as much as we would love to spend every day gorging on cupcakes, pouring vodka cream sauce all over pasta, and filling up hamburgers with truffle butter, we know that it’s important to have a good set of quick and healthy recipes to make for every day dinners.  And just because something isn’t dripping with cheese sauce doesn’t mean it can’t be tasty and exciting to eat.  This shrimp dish takes less than half an hour to prepare, and it’s so good that it’s easy to forget that it’s pretty good for you, too.

Grilled Shrimp with Asparagus and Couscous

  • 1 cup dried couscous
  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 12-18 large, raw shrimp (peeled)
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2-3 cloves minced garlic
  • cooking spray
  • 3/4 pound asparagus (trimmed)
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/4 cup chives (chopped)
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper
  • Salt and pepper

Bring two cups of water to boil in a saucepan.  While you’re waiting for the water to boil, toss your shrimp together with 1 tablespoon of the lemon juice, the lime juice, half the olive oil, half the red pepper, and a dash of salt.  Let this marinate for around five minutes.  When the water has begun to boil, stir in the couscous and remove from heat; cover and set aside.  After five minutes, salt and pepper the couscous to taste and stir in a tablespoon of the lemon juice. Keep covered and warm until ready to serve.

Spray a grill pan with your cooking spray and grill your shrimp, turning once.  You can, of course, use any alternative method of grilling your shrimp, but I’m a big fan of my grill pan.  While the shrimp are cooking, wrap your asparagus in 2-3 layers of damp paper towel and microwave for 4 minutes or so.  Whisk the remaining lemon juice, olive oil, and red pepper with the honey and chives to make a dressing (adding a bit of salt if desired).  Plate the couscous, topping with the asparagus and shrimp.  Pour on the dressing and serve.

This meal is very low in fat and calories but very flavorful.  It’s a versatile recipe that can be changed to fit your tastes, so don’t be afraid to tweak the seasonings a bit – and Enjoy!

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6 thoughts on “Grilled Shrimp with Asparagus and Couscous

    • Use regular green onions, or saute some diced shallots or sweet onions. If there are other assertive herbs you like, you should experiment – shrimp is a wonderful canvas for bold flavors.

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