Lemon-Basil Grilled Shrimp & Couscous Recipe
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Lemon-Basil Grilled Shrimp & Couscous Recipe

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The basil and lemon in this dish complement each other so nicely. Using fresh ingredients really makes a big difference. —Trisha Kruse, Eagle, Idaho
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups uncooked pearl (Israeli) couscous
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh basil, divided
  • 2 pounds uncooked large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel

Nutritional Facts

8 shrimp with 1/2 cup couscous: 363 calories, 12g fat (2g saturated fat), 184mg cholesterol, 497mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 0g fiber), 29g protein Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 3 lean meat, 2 fat.


  1. Cook couscous according to package directions; remove from heat. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk lemon juice, oil, mustard, garlic, salt and pepper until blended; stir in 1/4 cup basil. Stir 1/4 cup dressing into cooked couscous; reserve remaining dressing.
  2. Thread shrimp onto metal or soaked wooden skewers. Moisten a paper towel with cooking oil; using long-handled tongs, rub on grill rack to coat lightly. Grill shrimp, covered, over medium-high heat 2-3 minutes on each side or until shrimp turn pink.
  3. Remove shrimp from skewers; toss with reserved dressing. Serve with couscous. Sprinkle with lemon peel and remaining basil. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Lemon-Basil Grilled Shrimp & Couscous in Taste of Home June/July 2014

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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Briadona 193633
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2014

"Love lemon flavor foods but this dressing has a bitter rather than lemon taste. Made the couscous portion first so didn't do the shrimp. Too expensive for this dressing much better recipes out there."

LindaGA 132076
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2014

"Very easy and tastes great! Will definitely fix again. The fresh Basil and Lemon really brought out the flavor."

Jami4 194876
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2014

"Very good! Quick and easy for busy weeknights. Could easily modify the flavor depending on your mood."

toolbarsco 126665
Reviewed May. 27, 2014

"This recipe is ridiculously delicious and easy to prepare. Everyone raved about it. I alternated the shrimp with cherry tomatoes on some of the skewers. The general consensus was that tomatoes added an extra layer of flavor. Next time I will put cherry tomatoes on all the skewers. Thanks, Trish, for sharing this recipe."

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