In terms of cooking seasonal cuisine, late September and early October can be a confusing time. The farmers markets are still overflowing with heirloom tomatoes, while butternut squash and apples begin to appear, too. I can't help but wonder, am I supposed to make Caprese salad or butternut squash soup?
Instead of obsessing over what to make, I like to select dishes that are virtually season-less, like this skewered fish with couscous. The fish chunks are coated with a store-bought tapenade before being cooked under the broiler. Served with a quick-cooking couscous, it makes for a healthy, balanced meal that comes together in minutes. To offer it to your family, check out the recipe and
- 1 cup plain couscous (about 6 ounces)
- 1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt, divided
- 1/3 cup purchased tapenade
- 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 pound mahi-mahi fillets, cut into 1-inch cubes
- 1 cup purchased pico de gallo, drained
- Special equipment: Metal skewers
- Preheat broiler.
- Bring 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons water to boil in heavy medium saucepan. Stir in couscous and 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt. Remove from heat. Cover and let stand until water is absorbed and couscous is tender, about 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, stir tapenade, lemon juice, 1 teaspoon pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt in small bowl to blend.
- Transfer 31/2 tablespoons tapenade mixture to another small bowl and reserve for couscous.
- Thread fish pieces onto 4 metal skewers; arrange on broiler tray. Brush fish on both sides with remaining tapenade mixture. Broil fish until just opaque in center, about 4 minutes per side.
- Fluff couscous with fork. Gently stir in reserved tapenade mixture. Stir in pico de gallo or serve it alongside. Mound couscous on plates. Top with fish skewers.
- Main Dishes, Fish