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Lemon-Basil Grilled Shrimp & Couscous

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


  • 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 zest


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Remove shrimp from skewers; toss with reserved dressing. Serve with couscous. Sprinkle with lemon zest and remaining basil.
Editor's Note
Nutrition Facts
8 shrimp with 1/2 cup couscous: 363 calories, 12g fat (2g saturated fat), 184mg cholesterol, 497mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 29g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch, 2 fat.


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  • MamaMeese
    Jul 20, 2020

    Quick and tasty. Loved the lemon dressing!

  • Patricia
    Jun 16, 2018

    Quick & tasty!! I had some fresh basil I needed to use, some frozen large shrimp that I bought on sale, & all the other ingredients!! I broiled the shrimp & they truned out fine~

  • Briadona
    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
    Sep 14, 2014

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

  • Jami4
    Aug 3, 2014

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

  • toolbarsco
    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.