Thin cuts of beef, such as skirt steak or sirloin steak, cook very quickly when seared in a hot skillet--just right for a busy weeknight. We love how the spicy Moroccan flavors on the steak complement the sweet, roasted pepper-studded couscous. Serve with: Arugula salad and a glass of Pinot Noir.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2009

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Recipe Summary

total:
35 mins
Servings:
4
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Position rack in upper third of oven; preheat broiler.

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  • Place bell peppers on a baking sheet and roast under the broiler, turning every 5 minutes, until charred and softened, 10 to 15 minutes. Transfer to a clean cutting board; when cool enough to handle, chop the peppers into bite-size pieces.

  • Meanwhile, combine cumin, coriander, salt, turmeric, cinnamon and pepper in a small bowl. Grate 1/2 teaspoon zest from the lemon. Juice the lemon into a 1-cup measure and add enough water to make 1 cup. Pour into a small saucepan and add the lemon zest, 1 teaspoon of the spice mixture and 1 teaspoon olive oil. Bring to a boil. Stir in couscous, cover, remove from heat and let stand.

  • Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet (preferably cast-iron) over medium heat until shimmering (but not smoking). Rub the remaining spice mixture on both sides of steak. Cook the steak 2 to 3 minutes per side for medium-rare. Let rest on the cutting board for 5 minutes. Stir olives and the peppers into the couscous. Thinly slice the steak and serve with the couscous and lemon wedges, if desired.

Tips

Ingredient Note: Skirt steak is a thin, flavorful and relatively inexpensive cut of beef. It is sometimes referred to as fajita steak. Look for it in well-stocked supermarkets or ask your butcher to order it for you.

Cut Down on Dishes: A rimmed baking sheet is great for everything from roasting to catching accidental drips and spills. For effortless cleanup and to keep your baking sheets in tip-top shape, line them with a layer of foil before each use.

Nutrition Facts

454 calories; protein 36.4g 73% DV; carbohydrates 36g 12% DV; exchange other carbs 2.5; dietary fiber 6.5g 26% DV; sugars 2.7g; fat 18.4g 28% DV; saturated fat 5.1g 25% DV; cholesterol 96.4mg 32% DV; vitamin a iu 1868.2IU 37% DV; vitamin c 80.7mg 134% DV; folate 37.8mcg 10% DV; calcium 28.5mg 3% DV; iron 3.8mg 21% DV; magnesium 36.3mg 13% DV; potassium 483.5mg 14% DV; sodium 663.3mg 27% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 14% DV.

Reviews (12)

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13 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 3 stars
02/20/2013
Great starting point! I like this one a lot but I would recommend the version of it on funnytummycafe.com. I've not been really adventurous with new flavors but this I will repeat! Pros: Wonderful flavors in the rub Cons: The couscous was TOO lemony Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Wow! This steak was fabulous. Full of flavor even my kids liked it. The spices for the steak rub get added to the cous cous. Along with the sweet roasted peppers it was so delicious. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Due to a hungry husband I had to do some substitutions. Blade steaks instead of skirt steak (he ate the skirt steak for lunch) - omitted the olives (he snacked on those the day before) - used israeli cous cous instead of whole wheat (he made our chickens a warm meal) Other than having my cupboards raided nor most of the ingredients it was very easy to put together and very tasty. I expected it to be hotter than it was I'm not sure why but it was very good. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Excellent. I prefer steak grilled instead of fried but this was awesome. The couscous is excellent as well. Definitely make this again very easy and delicious on a weeknight. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This was really good. It was definitely a change from what we're used to but in a good way. I had to use skillet steak because I couldn't find any skirt steak but it worked just fine. I also used the grill for the peppers and steak because my broiler is a bit questionable. Other than that I made it as stated and my husband and I really enjoyed it. A great out of the ordinary quick meal. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Quick & easy to prepare with mild spiced flavor. The rub produces a great crust on the steak. I felt the lemon flavor dominated the cous cous though to be fair I did seem to have a particularly juicy lemon so that may be why. My husband and I both thought that the leftover steak would be superb sliced thinly in a sandwich with a mint/yogurt dressing. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I made this with chicken instead of steak and it was great! My husband has not liked couscous in the past but he really liked this version. Will definitely make again! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Five out of five family members would eat this again (including 1 picky eater). Quick flavorful inexpensive different and healthy--what more could a busy family ask for? Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
WOW! Blew me away this was a great meal! Tons of flavor really quick and very filling! I served brown rice instead of couscous because that's what I had on hand. The husband never knew the difference! I can always tell when something is a real winner with him because he goes back for seconds (we're both on diets). I used one red and one green bell pepper and served a spring mix salad with tomato and feta on the side. Big bravo to the EatingWell kitchen! This will definitely be made again in my house! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
I love this recipe so much that I schedule it my meal planning as often as possible. The flavors with this cut of meat are just wonderful. I can't eat grains so I pair it with fennel. Perfect! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
tasty and easy weeknight meal Initially I was a little leery of using cinnamon to season the meat but it actually turned out very good. The seasoning had a tasty and light flavor. I used sirloin because the skirt steak at the store looked very fatty. The couscous (although I didn't add the olives because I'm not a huge fan) was also very good and I enjoyed the sweetness of the bell pepper. I used the lemon garnish to squeeze over the couscous and meat and think it made it. I would definitely make this again! Pros: Tasty and easy weeknight meal Read More
Rating: 3 stars
10/29/2011
Not as well received as I had hoped The leftovers were good as a steak salad with honey-mustard seasoning although Kaja did not like the seasoned meat that way. I ate some couscous on my salad too. Leftover steak is unheard of at our house yet there it was. Offerred the kids a choice of unspiced steak (three takers) and Rice-a-Roni (four takers) Austin & I liked the steak Pros: Easy I liked it Cons: Nobody liked the couscous except me Read More