Looking for quick dinner ideas? Try a delicious Salmon and Pearl Couscous Bowl, with chives, lemon and peas, and on the table in 30 minutes!
Looking for quick dinner ideas? Try a delicious Salmon and Pearl Couscous Bowl, with chives, lemon and peas, and on the table in 30 minutes!

We happen to love salmon in our home. Years ago I didn’t like it… in fact we almost never had it. Then a switch was flipped with my taste buds, and I began to enjoy it. Now for the past 10-15 years we try to eat salmon about once a week, and I LOVE it! Who knew that your taste buds can really change, after all? I even have lots of salmon recipes on my blog now, to prove it!

Today I want to share a really yummy all-in-one meal that features salmon fillets and pearl couscous, topped with a drizzling oil with lemon and chives. Throw in some peas, garlic and shallots for more flavor, and this is a great meal that’s ready to serve in 30 minutes. I found the recipe in one of my beloved cookbooks, and knew I had to share the recipe on my blog. Here’s how to make this delicious 30-minute meal:

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TIP: Before beginning- preheat your oven to 200°F. Place an empty, oven-proof baking dish (large enough for 4 salmon fillets) in the oven (on a middle rack) while it preheats.

NOTE: The recipe (as written in recipe card below) makes 4 servings. My photos reflect only the amounts used for 2 servings, just so you know. 

Cook The Salmon Fillets

Okay… while the oven preheats, prepare the salmon fillets. Pat each one dry using paper towels, and then lightly season the top with salt and pepper. NOTE: The reason to pat the salmon dry is because excess moisture tends to “steam” the salmon. You want them dry so the salmon can be pan-seared and crispy brown.

Heat 1 Tablespoon of the oil in a large non-stick skillet on medium-high heat. When the skillet is really hot, but not smoking, carefully place salmon, seasoned side down into the hot skillet. Cook the salmon (without moving them) in the skillet for about 5 minutes, until the bottom side is nicely browned.

Once the bottom has browned well, transfer the fish into the baking dish that has been heating in the oven, with the browned side of the salmon facing up. Bake the salmon (uncovered) at 200°F. for approx. 15 minutes. When done, the salmon will turn a bit opaque, and will flake easily.

Salmon fillets are patted dry, then seasoned with salt and pepper before cooking.The salmon fillets are pan-seared, seasoned side down in hot oil in a skillet.Browned salmon fillets are baked in the oven after pan-searing.

Cook The Pearl Couscous While Salmon Bakes

While the salmon bakes, prepare the couscous. Wipe the skillet (you used for the salmon) clean with paper towels. Put another 1 Tablespoon of oil in the skillet, and heat it on medium-high. Measure the pearl couscous into the hot oil in the skillet. Lightly cook, stirring often, until the couscous turns a light golden brown color. This usually takes only a couple minutes.

Add the lemon zest, minced shallot and garlic to the couscous. Stir and cook for about 30 seconds (don’t burn that garlic!).

Pearl couscous is lightly "toasted" in a hot skillet until golden.Shallots, garlic and lemon zest are added to the skillet with toasted pearl couscous.

Immediately add 3 cups of water to the couscous, and stir to combine. Continue to cook on medium-high heat, stirring often, until the couscous becomes soft, tender to the bite, and the liquid has been absorbed (approx. 11-12 minutes).

Water is added to the pearl couscous and it begins cooking in skillet.Water has been absorbed into the pearl couscous in the skillet.

Make The Lemon Chive Drizzling Oil While The Couscous Cooks

While the couscous is cooking, make the quick and easy drizzling oil for the finished salmon. Place the remaining 2 Tablespoons of oil in a small bowl, then add 1 Tablespoon of lemon juice and 2 Tablespoons of chopped chives. Whisk well, to fully combine these simple ingredients. Set aside.

A small bowl, holding the lemon chive drizzling oil to top the salmon fillets.

Final Steps To Finish This Dish

Now we’re ready for the final steps! As soon as the couscous is tender and the liquid is absorbed, remove the skillet from the heat source. Add frozen peas to the couscous, put a lid on the skillet, and allow to remain undisturbed for 2 minutes. The heat from the couscous will heat the frozen peas through!

After 2 minutes, take off the skillet lid. Stir in the rest of the chopped chives (2 Tablespoons) and lemon juice (1 Tablespoon). Toss gently, to combine these ingredients with the hot couscous. Season to taste with additional salt and pepper, if desired.

Frozen peas are added to the skillet of hot pearl couscous.Chopped chives and lemon juice are added to the peas and pearl couscous for seasoning.

Serving The Salmon and Pearl Couscous Bowl

To serve, spoon about one fourth of the couscous into each serving bowl. Carefully place a salmon fillet on top of the couscous, re-stir and then drizzle one fourth of the lemon chive oil over the top of the salmon. Repeat for each serving.

Serve the salmon and pearl couscous bowl while all ingredients are hot, and enjoy this delicious, all-in-one meal! The salmon is nicely browned and should be flaky all the way through. The pearl couscous has a nice light flavor, and the lemon/chive drizzling oil brings it all together in every bite! Hope you enjoy it!

A Salmon and Pearl Couscous Bowl is served with lemon chive drizzling oil on top.The salmon fillet in the Salmon and Pearl Couscous Bowl is fully cooked and flaky.

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Original recipe source: “The Best 30-Minute Recipe” cookbook, page 129, published in 2006, by the Editors of Cooks Illustrated

Salmon and Pearl Couscous Bowl
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

Looking for quick dinner ideas? Try a delicious Salmon and Pearl Couscous Bowl, with chives, lemon and peas, and on the table in 30 minutes!

Category: Main Dish, Seafood
Cuisine: American
Keyword: salmon pearl couscous bowl
Servings: 4
Calories Per Serving: 551 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 4 salmon fillets (approx. 4 ounces per fillet) , 1¼" thick, skinless
  • salt and pepper , to lightly season salmon
  • 4 Tablespoons olive oil , DIVIDED USE
  • cups Israeli pearl couscous , uncooked
  • 1 shallot , peeled/finely minced
  • 3 garlic cloves , peeled/finely minced
  • ½ teaspoon grated lemon zest , = finely grated lemon peel
  • 3 cups water
  • ¼ cup chopped chives , DIVIDED USE
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice , DIVIDED USE
  • ½ cup frozen peas , frozen, NOT thawed
Instructions
  1. TIP: **Before beginning recipe... preheat oven to 200°F. Place an empty, oven-proof baking dish (large enough for salmon fillets) in the oven on the middle rack while the oven preheats.

  2. COOK SALMON- Pat salmon dry with paper towels; season top lightly with salt/pepper. Heat 1 Tablespoon oil on medium-high heat in a large, non-stick skillet. When oil is really hot, but not smoking, carefully place salmon, seasoned side down into skillet. Cook (without moving fillets) about 5 minutes, until bottom side is well browned. Transfer salmon into heated baking dish with browned side facing up. Bake salmon (uncovered) at 200°F. for 15 minutes.

  3. PREPARE COUSCOUS- While salmon bakes, make the couscous. Wipe salmon skillet clean with paper towels. Add 1 Tablespoon of oil to skillet; heat on medium-high. Measure couscous into skillet. Cook, stirring often, until couscous turns golden brown (2-3 minutes). Add lemon zest, minced shallot and garlic. Stir/cook only about 30 seconds (don't burn garlic!). Immediately add 3 cups of water; stir to combine. Cook on medium-high heat, stirring often, until couscous is tender to the bite, and liquid has been absorbed (approx. 11-12 minutes).

  4. MAKE DRIZZLING OIL- While couscous cooks, make drizzling oil. Put remaining 2 Tablespoons oil in small bowl. Add 1 T. of lemon juice and 2 Tablespoons of chopped chives. Whisk well, to fully combine Set aside.

  5. TO FINISH- When couscous is tender and liquid absorbed, remove skillet from heat. Add frozen peas; put a lid on skillet; let sit undisturbed for 2 minutes (heat from couscous will heat frozen peas through). After 2 minutes, remove skillet lid. Stir in remaining chives (2 T.) and lemon juice (1 Tablespoon). Toss gently, to combine with couscous. Season to taste with salt and pepper, if desired.

  6. TO SERVE- Spoon ¼ of the couscous into each bowl. Carefully place a salmon fillet on top of the couscous. Re-stir lemon/chive/oil mixture; drizzle ¼ of it over top of salmon. Repeat for each serving. Serve hot, and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Salmon and Pearl Couscous Bowl
Amount Per Serving (1 (1/4 of total))
Calories 551 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 13g
Cholesterol 62mg21%
Sodium 68mg3%
Potassium 752mg21%
Carbohydrates 55g18%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 32g64%
Vitamin A 294IU6%
Vitamin C 13mg16%
Calcium 48mg5%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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