Couscous Paella with Shrimp for #WeekdaySupper

Couscous Paella with Shrimp has lots of flavor, just like the traditional dish that originated in Spain. But, unlike the classic version, this one cooks up in less than 15 minutes because it calls for couscous instead of rice. It doesn’t use the hallmark “paella pan” either. But, it does use just one pan. Yep, just one pan. So, clean-up is a breeze!

One Dish Couscous Paella with Shrimp


Onions, garlic, red peppers, yellow peppers and peas give Couscous Paella and Shrimp a colorful presentation and a lot of flavor. It gets a yellow tint (and a bit of a kick) from turmeric. Turmeric is often used in Indian curries and is known for health benefits. However, you don’t have to use this spice to make this tasty dish. I’ve made it without this spice and it’s absolutely delicious!

Couscous Paella with Shrimp
This one dish wonder is quick enough for a busy weeknight meal, and fancy enough to serve to guests. And, if you happen to have some leftovers, be sure to freeze them!

Couscous Paella with Shrimp
Couscous Paella with Shrimp
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
Couscous Paella with Shrimp is a quick and easy one dish meal that's perfect for a busy weeknight and is fancy enough to serve to guests.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 486 kcal
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 cup Onion diced (about 1 medium onion)
  • 1 Sweet Red Pepper diced
  • 1 Sweet Yellow Pepper diced
  • 3 Garlic Cloves minced
  • 1 cup Chicken Broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dried Thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes if you want some extra heat!
  • 10 ounces peas frozen
  • 1 1/2 pounds Shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 7 ounces couscous uncooked
  1. Heat oil over medium-high heat.
  2. Add onion, peppers and garlic to pan and saute for about 5-8 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.
  3. Stir in remaining ingredients, except for couscous.
  4. Raise heat and bring mixture to a very low boil.
  5. Reduce to medium-low heat and simmer for 8-10 minutes until shrimp turn pink, stirring occasionally.
  6. Remove from heat and stir in uncooked couscous.
  7. Cover with lid or aluminum foil and let stand for 5 minutes.
  8. Fluff with fork.
Recipe Notes

Adapted from Family Circle

Nutrition Facts
Couscous Paella with Shrimp
Amount Per Serving
Calories 486 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 428mg 143%
Sodium 1847mg 77%
Potassium 631mg 18%
Total Carbohydrates 57g 19%
Dietary Fiber 7g 28%
Sugars 7g
Protein 46g 92%
Vitamin A 32.1%
Vitamin C 164.5%
Calcium 29.6%
Iron 32.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Couscous Paella with Shrimp is so quick, easy and healthy, I thought it would be perfect for a #WeekdaySupper.  This movement is about sharing quick and easy meals that make enjoying a family dinner together easy.  It starts off with one meal together. Before you know it, eating dinner together becomes a family event that you just don’t want to miss.

A different blogger from the #SundaySupper group shares a recipe each weekday. Be sure to check out this week’s other easy #WeekdaySupper ideas below!

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  1. Paella is seriously one of my favorite foods ever, but I also looooove cous cous! This sounds so good!

  2. This looks delicious. I love the switch to couscous….brilliant!!


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