Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Here's To Trying New Things

I've always been a little hesitant to cook fish.  And I don't know why.  I think because I've never really seen anyone handle or prepare fish, aside from the fishmongers at the Chinese market.  (And I sure as heck will not be buying and cooking a whole fish, eyeballs and all.)  Last night I put my hesitations aside and just went for it.  Since there was already a significant chance that dinner would flop, I decided to give couscous a try as well.  Both dishes were so easy and delicious!  If you've also been leery of preparing fish, this recipe is great for starters.  And the couscous might be one of my new favorite summer dishes. Enjoy!

Summer Couscous           Serves 6-8
2 cups couscous
1 1/2 Tbsp dried parsley
4 tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1 cucumber, seeded and chopped
3/4 cup olive oil
2/3 cup freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice (about 1 large grapefruit)
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 1 1/2 lemons)
1/4 tsp coarse sea salt
1/2 tsp ground cumin
freshly ground black pepper to taste

Put couscous in a large bowl and add one cup boiling water. 
Stir and let couscous rise while you chop the veggies.

Chop up the cucumber and tomatoes, removing the seeds of both.

Place the tomatoes, cucumber, and parsley in a bowl.

Juice the grapefruit and lemons.  Whisk together the juices,
olive oil, and sea salt in a separate small bowl.

When the couscous has cooled a bit, fluff it with a fork
and then sift with hands to separate the individual grains.

Add the veggie mixture and dressing, and toss 
to combine.  Season with the cumin and black pepper
and give it a final stir.  This dish is best left covered in the
fridge a few hours before serving, so flavors can settle.

Lemon Garlic Tilapia 
3 or 4 tilapia fillets
3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp lemon zest
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
dried parsley flakes to taste
salt and pepper to taste
Rinse tilapia fillets under cool water, and pat dry with paper towels.  (I used frozen tilapia.  Just make sure to thaw it before preparing). 

Place fillets in baking dish sprayed with a non-stick cooking spray.  Pour lemon juice over the fillets, then drizzle olive oil on top.  Sprinkle with the garlic and lemon zest.  Sprinkle parsley, salt, and pepper over the fillets.  Bake at 375 degrees until the fish is white and flakes when pulled apart with a fork, about 30 minutes.
the tilapia fillets, before cooking

Source:  tilapia recipe slightly adapted from eat drink pretty.  couscous recipe adapted from Lunch in Paris, by Elizabeth Bard


  1. I've only cooked fish once, and I've never made couscous, so I'm in the same boat as you. Your dinner looks delicious! yay for trying new things :)

  2. Wow that is impressive! It looks so great!

  3. Thank you for sharing the recipe! I love couscous and tilapia. I just love anything yummy and healthy. =)

  4. I've been thinking about making couscous...it's just so wonderfully light and tasty! :) Exactly what I need these days ... I'll have to try your recipe sometime.