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Fish Couscous Recipe

Looking for an easy Fish Couscous recipe? Learn how to make Fish Couscous using healthy ingredients.


Submitted by sailingchef

Makes 8 servings



This spicy fish stew served over couscous is easy to make ? don?t let the long list of ingredients deter you ? and great for a dinner party. You can use a sturdy white-fleshed fish like monkfish or grouper, or a flakier fish like snapper or tilapia. From NYT Recipes for Health.

Recipe Ingredients for Fish Couscous

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 large onion, halved and sliced
2 leeks, white and light green parts only, sliced (optional)
6 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons cumin seeds, ground
1 Salt, preferably kosher salt, and freshly ground pepper to taste
28 ounce chopped tomatoes, with liquid
2 tablespoons tomato paste, dissolved in 1/2 cup water
1/4 teaspoon cayenne, to taste
2 tablespoons harissa, plus additional for serving
3 quarts fish stock, chicken stock, or water
3/4 pound carrots, cut in thick slices (fat ends first cut in half lengthwise)
1/2 pound turnips, peeled and cut in large dice
15 1/2 oz. can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley or cilantro, or 1/2 cup of each
2 2/3 cups couscous, preferably whole wheat couscous
2 pounds halibut fillets, cut into 2-inch pieces (or snapper, tilapia, grouper, cod or monkfish)

Recipe Directions for Fish Couscous

  1. Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large, heavy casserole or Dutch oven and add the onion and leeks. Cook, stirring, until tender, about 5 minutes, and stir in the garlic, ground cumin seeds, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cook together, stirring, until fragrant, about a minute, and add the tomatoes. Cook, stirring often, until the tomatoes have cooked down and the mixture smells very fragrant, about 10 minutes. Stir in the dissolved tomato paste, the cayenne, harissa, the broth or water, carrots, turnips, chick peas, and salt to taste, and bring to a simmer. Cover and simmer 30 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings. Strain off 1 cup of the stock.

  2. Reconstitute and steam the couscous.

  3. Season the fish with salt and pepper and add along with the parsley and/or cilantro to the simmering stew. Simmer very gently for 5 to 10 minutes, until the fish is opaque and flakes when poked with a fork. Taste and adjust seasonings.

  4. Transfer the couscous to a wide serving bowl, such as a pasta bowl, or directly to wide soup plates. Top the couscous with fish, vegetables, and plenty of broth, and serve, passing harissa at the table.

Categories

Fish, Pasta, Tomatoes, Vegetables, Main Dish, Middle Eastern

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 808.3g
Amount Per Serving
Calories
557
Calories from Fat
81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
9.0g
14%
Saturated Fat
1.2g
6%
Trans Fat
0.0g
Cholesterol
48mg
16%
Sodium
375mg
16%
Potassium
1410mg
40%
Total Carbohydrates
74.6g
25%
Dietary Fiber
9.2g
37%
Sugars
8.5g
Protein
43.3g
Vitamin A 181% Vitamin C 50%
Calcium 18% Iron 23%
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional details are an estimate and should only be used as a guide for approximation.
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Health Information

Nutrition Grade
96% confidence
A
  Good points
  • Low in saturated fat
  • High in niacin
  • High in selenium
  • Very high in vitamin A
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