I was looking for something slightly different from the norm and fairly easy so I was very excited when I came across this recipe in the Food Network Magazine. I would say it took me about 15 minutes to prep and about 30 minutes later, I was enjoying my food.
A few notes…why have I never had couscous before? Its so delicious! The recipe said to bake in the oven for 25 minutes but my filets were a little thick so I let it cook for about 35 minutes. Also, I forgot to mention that this is a low calorie meal, if you’re into counting that stuff.
- 1 cup couscous (preferably whole wheat)
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 3/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
- Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
- 4 6-ounce skinless catfish fillets
- 2 lemons (1 thinly sliced, 1 juiced)
- 1/3 cup roughly chopped fresh parsley or mint
- 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
- 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Lay a 2 1/2-foot-long sheet of aluminum foil on a baking sheet, letting the ends hang off. Lay another sheet of foil perpendicular on top.
Rinse the couscous in a fine-mesh sieve under cold water. Mix the olive oil, paprika and 3/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper in a small bowl. Pile the couscous in the center of the foil; toss with 1/2 tablespoon of the seasoned oil and spread in an 8-inch-square layer.
Brush the fish fillets on both sides with 1 tablespoon of the seasoned oil and arrange side by side on top of the couscous. Toss the lemon slices, parsley, red onion, tomatoes, garlic and the remaining 1/2 tablespoon seasoned oil in a bowl, then scatter evenly over the fish and couscous. Drizzle with 2/3 cup water, then bring the opposite ends of the foil together, fold over and crimp closed to make a sealed packet. Transfer the foil packet (on the baking sheet) to the oven and bake 25 minutes.
Open the foil packet; divide the fish among plates. Toss the couscous and vegetables; serve with the fish. Sprinkle with the lemon juice.