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Lemon-Pepper Shrimp and Asparagus Saute
with couscous

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This quick-cooking saute is a great way to start off a busy week, getting fresh flavor from garlic, lemon juice, and fresh parsley.
Smarts: Be sure to adjust and add more black pepper if you'd like - it can vary in intensity. 

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Ingredients

Metric
Servings:
4
Couscous:
  • Stock, any type - 3/4 cup (sub water)
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Butter - 2 Tbsp
  • Couscous, uncooked - 3/4 cup
Shrimp and Asparagus Saute:
  • Shrimp, peeled and deveined - 1 lb
  • Asparagus - 1 bunch, trimmed and chopped into 1" / 2.5 cm pieces
  • Garlic - 2 cloves, chopped
  • Lemons - 1, zest and wedges
  • Parsley - 1 Tbsp, chopped
  • Oil, olive - 1 Tbsp + 1 Tbsp
  • Paprika - 1/2 tsp
  • Vinegar, red or white wine - 2 tsp
  • Butter - 2 Tbsp
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Black pepper - 1/2 tsp
  • Red pepper flakes (opt) - 1/4 tsp

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Prep

  1. Shrimp - Defrost, rinse, and pat dry.

  2. Make couscous - Combine stock, salt, and butter (portions for couscous) in a saucepan. Cover and bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Stir in couscous and cover with lid. Let stand for ~5 minutes before fluffing with a fork. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  3. Asparagus / Garlic - Prep as directed. Store separately. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  4. Lemon / Parsley - Zest and then slice lemon into wedges. Chop parsley. Store separately. (Can be done 1 day ahead)

  5. Season shrimp - Toss shrimp with first portion of olive oil, paprika, garlic, and lemon zest. Refrigerate until ready to cook (up to 4 hours).

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Make

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add second portion of olive oil. To heated oil, add asparagus, vinegar, and some salt. Saute until asparagus is bright green and starting to turn tender, 2 to 4 minutes (depending on thickness of stalks).

  2. Add butter (portion for shrimp). When butter melts, pour shrimp, including marinade, over asparagus. Saute until shrimp is opaque and cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes. Squeeze half the lemon wedges over top. Season with salt (portion for shrimp), pepper, and red pepper flakes (if using), adding more to taste if needed.

  3. If couscous was made ahead, reheat in the microwave.

  4. Serve asparagus and shrimp over couscous. Sprinkle parsley on top and add lemon wedges on the side. Enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (47)
Gluten-free (7)
Paleo (4)
Vegetarian (9)

Most Helpful

Good, but it wasn't quite enough food for us. I used pearled cous cous and probably should have tripled the amount.

By: Jenny
Posted: Apr 27, 2022
Diet: Original
2 Helpful

35 reviews

Very good and relatively easy

By: Kimberly
Posted: May 19, 2022
Diet: Gluten-free
0 Helpful

Yum! Will be making again...so flavorful!

By: Jane
Posted: May 10, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Would repeat again and again - or at least as long as the asparagus lasts. We enjoyed this and would have eaten more but dished up two servings and two servings to eat for lunch.

By: Nancy
Posted: May 08, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Amazing. Loved it.

By: Sara
Posted: May 07, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Very quick, not a ton of food, but tasty enough.

By: Caitlin
Posted: May 07, 2022
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

This one just for me cus I'm the only one that likes asparagus. I may have overdone it on the butter/salt, but it was a nice filling lunch without putting me in a food coma.

By: Theresa
Posted: May 05, 2022
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful