Grilled Harissa Shrimp Skewers with Herb-&-Zucchini Couscous

These shrimp skewers feature harissa paste—a Middle Eastern chile pepper paste that's flavored with garlic, caraway, coriander and cumin. It adds rich flavor to the shrimp and complements the smokiness from the grill. Grilled zucchini combined with couscous and a sweet and tangy dressing featuring preserved lemon rounds out the meal.

Grilled Harissa Shrimp Skewers with Herb Couscous
Photo: Brittany Conerly
Active Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
35 mins


  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth

  • ½ cup whole-wheat couscous

  • 1 pound raw shrimp (21-25 count), peeled and deveined

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • teaspoon salt plus 1/4 teaspoon, divided

  • teaspoon ground pepper plus 1/4 teaspoon, divided

  • 1 medium zucchini, cut lengthwise into 1/2-inch thick planks

  • 4 tablespoons harissa paste

  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped preserved lemon

  • 1 small shallot, finely chopped

  • 1 teaspoon whole-grain mustard

  • 1 teaspoon honey

  • 3 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs, such as parsley, dill and/or basil


  1. Preheat grill to medium-high.

  2. Bring broth to a boil in a small saucepan. Stir in couscous and remove from heat. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, thread shrimp onto 4 skewers. Pat dry with paper towels. Brush with 1 1/2 teaspoons oil and sprinkle with 1/8 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Brush zucchini with 1 1/2 teaspoons oil.

  4. Oil the grill rack. Grill the shrimp skewers for 2 minutes. Flip and brush with half the harissa. Flip and brush again with the remaining harissa. Continue grilling until the shrimp are firm and cooked through, about 2 minutes more. Grill the zucchini until lightly browned and tender, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer the zucchini to a clean cutting board and chop.

  5. Whisk lemon zest and juice, preserved lemon, shallot, mustard and honey with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and remaining 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Add the couscous, zucchini, pine nuts and herbs; toss to coat. Serve with the shrimp.


4 skewers

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

319 Calories
13g Fat
23g Carbs
28g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 319
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 5g
Added Sugars 1g 2%
Protein 28g 56%
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 183mg 61%
Vitamin A 259IU 5%
Vitamin C 15mg 17%
Vitamin E 1mg 9%
Folate 22mcg 6%
Vitamin K 37mcg 31%
Sodium 529mg 23%
Calcium 98mg 8%
Iron 2mg 11%
Magnesium 69mg 16%
Potassium 559mg 12%
Zinc 2mg 18%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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