Perfect Fish with Couscous and Sauteed Zucchini

29 Aug

Today I’m featuring three different dishes which are all extremely easy, fast, and really hard to mess up.  I spent a bit less than 30 minutes preparing this feast.  The technique I show here for preparing the fish can be used with any kind of fish you want to cook this way, like tilapia or salmon.  The advantages with this method are that the aluminum foil makes cleanup very easy, and your fish will not dry out.  Fish will take 10 minutes to cook per inch of thickness, so if you cook salmon this way, sometimes the fillets are thicker than 1 inch and will require additional time.

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Serves 2

1/2-1 pound tilapia

dried or fresh dill

1 small lime or 1 lemon wedge per fillet of fish

olive oil or butter for the fish and for sauteing the zucchini

1 medium zucchini

2/3 cup whole wheat couscous + 1 cup water (ratio of water to couscous is 1.5 to 1)

About 1 cup fresh spinach or arugula

1/2-1 cup frozen peas or edamame (I probably would have used peas here, but I happened to have frozen edamame)

sun dried tomatoes

salt and pepper to taste


First, preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Use a cookie sheet or a glass baking pan and cover with enough aluminum foil to wrap the fish fillets.  Rinse the fish, and place on the foil.  Salt and pepper the fish, pour on some olive oil, and cover with the dill.  Turn over a few times, using your hands to cover the fish with the oil, salt, pepper evenly. Then, cover the fish with the aluminum foil, as pictured below.

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Couscous and Zucchini

It takes a while for the oven the heat to 400, so while you wait, prepare the couscous and chop the zucchini.  Bring the water to a boil with about a 1/2 teaspoon of salt.  When the water boils, stir in the couscous and the peas or edamame, and immediately take off the heat.  Cover, and let sit for 5 minutes.

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If the oven is done heating, pop the fish in the oven and set a timer for 10 minutes.  As the fish cooks, heat about 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.  Chop the zucchini.  Once the skillet is hot, put the zucchini on, and sprinkle with some salt and pepper.  You’ll want to stir the zucchini a few times as it cooks.  It will take 5-10 minutes.

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By this point, your couscous will be done.  Uncover, and stir in the spinach or arugula, along with the chopped sun dried tomatoes.

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Check your zucchini.  You don’t want it to get too done.  Mine looked like this when I took it off the heat (this picture’s not the best, but hopefully it gets the idea across):

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Whenever your timer goes off, take the fish out of the oven and check to make sure it’s done.  You may not be finished with the zucchini and couscous when the fish is done, but if not just let the fish sit wrapped in the foil until everything else is ready.

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To finish, I added a bit of parmesan cheese to the zucchini, and I squeezed some lime juice onto my fish.


2 Responses to “Perfect Fish with Couscous and Sauteed Zucchini”

  1. Denise B August 29, 2009 at 10:41 pm #

    I am so impressed with your clear instructions and photos. I love everything in this fish and couscous dish (except the sun dried tomatoes) and will definitely try it. This is very helpful for people like me who need every step of cooking a meal spelled out.

    Just to be clear, the spinach doesn’t really get cooked, right?

    • artripp August 29, 2009 at 11:37 pm #

      Yes, that’s right. The spinach or arugula will wilt because of the heat from the couscous, but for the most part it will remain raw. Thanks for reading Denise! I’m glad you find my instructions helpful!

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