Couscous

Couscous is a blank canvas.

Alone, it is tasteless and boring but with a tiny amount of creativity it transforms into fulfilling side dish.

Last night I made Shrimp and Thai-ish Couscous.

Couscous

I added the -ish because it was a long way from something authentic. But boy-oh-boy it was delicious!

It’s a cinch to make — just use equal parts of liquid as couscous.

Couscous

I like to use this Thai Coconut Curry broth but you can use any broth or even just water if you want to.

Once the broth comes to a boil, pour in the couscous, stir, cover, remove it from the heat, and leave it alone for about 5 minutes.

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That is it.

I just leave it covered while I prep everything else.

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Chop the shallot:

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The scallions:

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A clove of garlic:

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And the cilantro.

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I sautéed the shallots in olive oil:

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Added the garlic after a couple of minutes:

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Then the chopped scallions after another minute:

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And then a big spoonful of Roasted Red Chili Paste:

Couscous

It is a concentrated blend of roasted red chilies and Thai spices.

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Keep the jar out because we are going to need several more spoonfuls.

Uncover the couscous and fluff it with a fork.

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The pan I used wasn’t big enough for me to work in so I transferred it to a bigger bowl.

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I am a messy cook an energetic stirrer.

Add the shallot/scallion mixture to the couscous and gently combine.

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You can take a quick taste but we aren’t finished yet.

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I tossed in some ground cumin, curry powder, salt, pepper, another spoonful of chili paste, and drizzled in some olive oil.

After a taste it needed 2 more spoonfuls of chili paste and another dash of salt.

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I am sorry that I don’t have exact measurements… I just taste and add as needed.

It is all up to you and your family. You might only want a tiny amount of chili paste or maybe you want to omit the cumin. It is your canvas.

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I added the cilantro, snuck another bite, and set it aside while I cooked the shrimp.

Shrimp

Put a good amount of couscous on each plate:

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And then the shrimp.

Shrimp & Couscous

It was so good that I ate more for dessert.

Couscous

And then again for lunch the next day.

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4 Responses to Couscous

  1. Char says:

    Oh yum. I think we would really like this one Kristi.

  2. Brenna says:

    Putting this on my list for next week. Yum!!

  3. Bethany says:

    I made this last night. Delish!!!

  4. That looks so good. I had no idea couscous was that easy to cook. To date, all I’ve done is used those pre-seasoned boxes of it. Not anymore. Thanks for sharing.

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