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!
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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!
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