Panko Crusted Salmon
and pearl couscous with butternut squash
Crunchy, slightly sweet panko-crusted salmon has long been one of our community's favorites. This time we're serving it with a warm pearl couscous salad packed with colorful roasted butternut squash and dried cranberries. This combination was previously featured in 2019.
- Parsley (opt) - 2 tsp , chopped
- Salmon - 1 lb
- Butter - 3 Tbsp
- Mustard, Dijon - 2 1/2 Tbsp
- Maple syrup - 1 1/2 Tbsp
- Soy sauce, low-sodium - 1 tsp
- Panko breadcrumbs - 1/2 cup
- Foil - for lining pan
- Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
- Butternut squash - 1 1/2 lbs , cubed
- Brown sugar - 1 tsp
- Vinegar, balsamic - 1 tsp
- Oil, olive - 1 Tbsp
- Pasta, pearl couscous - 1 cup (sub any small pasta shape)
- Parsley (opt) - 1 Tbsp , chopped
- Cranberries, dried - 1/4 cup
- Pistachios, shelled - 1/4 cup (sub walnuts or pecans)
Squash - (If making Wednesday's meal, prep squash for that night at the same time.) Peel and cube squash. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
Roast squash - (If making Wednesday's meal, roast squash for that night at the same time.) Heat oven to 425F / 218C degrees. Toss butternut squash with brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and some salt and pepper. Spread butternut squash out onto a sheet pan. Roast for 20 to 30 minutes, shaking the pan halfway through cooking, until golden and caramelized. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
Cook couscous - Cook pearl couscous according to package directions. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
Parsley (for salmon and couscous; if using) - Chop parsley. Store separately. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
Salmon - Divide fish up into number of servings you're making. Rinse and dry fish. Lightly salt and pepper.
Make crust - Melt butter in the microwave (~1 minute should do). Mix butter with mustard, maple syrup, soy sauce, panko, and parsley (portion for the salmon).
Heat oven to 425F / 218C degrees.
Line sheet pan with foil and brush with cooking oil. Add salmon and then divide and spoon crust onto fish. Bake for 12 to 16 minutes.
If couscous and / or squash were made ahead, reheat in the microwave. (Reserve half the squash if doubled.)
Toss together pearl couscous, squash, parsley (portion for couscous), cranberries, and pistachios. Taste and season with some salt and pepper. You can add a splash of balsamic vinegar if you’d like a little more tart flavor.
Serve salmon over couscous. Enjoy!