Monday, March 17, 2014

Chile Shrimp with Butter Beans and Lemony Couscous

     I'm always a bit leery about picking a recipe based solely on reviews. I've worked in retail long enough to know that people generally only come forward with complaints. That's because most people are fucking morons. This particular recipe came out of a Food & Wine magazine. I checked online and it had a 2-1/2 star review by the public. If Roger Ebert has taught me anything, it is that 2-1/2 stars does not mean it is bad, or even below-average. It means it did what it set out to do, but some people (fucking morons) will not like it. Those are likely the same people who ate paste as children. The Wife and I loved this dish. It had a great combo of flavors. It had heat from the chile, and a salty, lemony bite that appealed to The Wife. As a bonus, this dish comes together in a hurry, so it's great for a weeknight dinner. As always, notes and changes are in blue.

Chile Shrimp with Butter Beans
and Lemony Couscous

via Food & Wine
  • 2/3 cup couscous
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound shelled and deveined medium shrimp (as I never have fresh shrimp in the house, I went with a pound of frozen. I kept the tails to make shrimp stock for later use)
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (that's the same thing as margarine, right? Because that's what I used)
  • One 15-ounce can butter beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (fresh from the bottle!)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley (we hadn't started growing our own yet, so I used 1 teaspoon of dried)
  1. In a bowl, stir the couscous with 3/4 cup of boiling water (if you want a little more depth, boil the shrimp tails in this water for 10 minutes before you add the couscous. Make sure to remove the tails before adding the couscous, because leaving them in would be dumb) 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.
Good times, baby!


  1. Frank, what a wonderful recipe! I love shrimp and know that this recipe would be a favorite in my home. Thanks for sharing this at the In and Out of the Kitchen Link party! It was one of the favorites and will be featured at tonights party! See you tonight!

    1. Thanks! I'm glad everybody liked it!