Chile Shrimp with Butter Beans and Lemony Couscous

© Line Klein

Chile Shrimp with Butter Beans and Lemony Couscous


A tangy, caper-studded couscous with butter beans and lemon juice makes a delicious base for quickly sautéed spicy shrimp.

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  1. 2/3 cup couscous

  2. 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  3. 1 pound shelled and deveined medium shrimp

  4. 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper

  5. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  6. One 15-ounce can butter beans, rinsed and drained

  7. 2 tablespoons capers

  8. 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

  9. 1 tablespoon chopped parsley

  1. In a bowl, stir the couscous with 3/4 cup of boiling water. Cover with a lid and steam for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork.
  2. Meanwhile, in a nonstick skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil. Add the shrimp and crushed red pepper and cook over moderately high heat until golden, 2 to 3 minutes; transfer to a plate. Add the butter to the skillet. Add the beans, capers and lemon juice and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes.
  3. Fold the bean mixture, parsley and remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil into the couscous; season with salt and pepper. Serve topped with the shrimp.

Suggested Pairing

Zippy, medium-bodied Rueda.