from the (okinawan) kitchen: one skillet shrimp and couscous paella

shrimp and couscous paella

One pot meals are staples in my house. It’s quick and easy to throw everything into the same pot and cook it all together. When we’re running behind schedule for the day or just feeling like we don’t want to bother with an elaborate meal, one pot dishes are the perfect answer. The flavors get melded together nicely, and there are less dishes to boot!

For these dinners, my go-to cookware includes the crockpot, my Le Creuset enameled cast iron skillet, or a medium sized aluminum stockpot. They all work wonders for one pot dinners, so I choose based on the type of dish and ingredients in it. My cast iron skillet is amazing for browning and getting that nice crust on the bottom that adds to all the flavor in the dish…perfect for paella!

easy one pot shrimp and couscous paella

Since I don’t have all day to cook a seafood paella while it crusts over in the pan, this is a very quick and easy substitute. It’ll get you some protein, grains, and veg with a lovely savory flavor all with little effort. Just add it all to your skillet and let the stove work its magic.

Shrimp and Couscous Paella.

Adapted from Dinner Mom.


1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

1 medium onion, diced

1 red pepper, diced

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 can vegetable broth

1 cup water

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1/2 teaspoon thyme

1/2 teaspoon turmeric

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1 10 ounce package frozen peas

2 cups small shrimp, peeled, cooked, and deveined with tail off (frozen, thawed shrimp works just fine)

1 box plain couscous

Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add onion, peppers and garlic to pan and saute for about 5 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. Stir in all remaining ingredients except for the couscous. Bring to a boil. Reduce to medium low heat and simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and stir in uncooked couscous. Cover with lid or foil and let stand for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork. Enjoy!

enjoying a bowl of shrimp and couscous paella


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