Pan-Fried Salmon with Asparagus & Couscous Salad

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The balance of heart-healthy protein, greens, and superfood grains will fill you up with essential nutrients.

Our Pan-Fried Salmon with Asparagus & Couscous Salad is savory and ultra-nutritious. The balance of heart-healthy protein, nutritious greens, and superfood grains will fill you up with essential nutrients. Half a fillet of salmon contains 40 grams of protein and hardly any calories. Asparagus is chock-full of a long list of vitamins and minerals. The veggie is particularly full of Vitamin K, folate, and copper. Couscous is a filling, high-fiber, low-fat starch. As a complex carbohydrate, couscous is just what your body needs to stay full and energized throughout the day.

Our recipe is a simple one that requires minimal prep and effort. Just cook couscous, blanch asparagus, and fry salmon for a few minutes. Voila! You have a scrumptious, well-balanced meal that looks stunning and tastes heavenly. Serve and savor!

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Pan-Fried Salmon with Asparagus & Couscous Salad

Delicious and healthy, this meal is perfect for a special family dinner.
Yield 4 people
Serving Size 1 serving
Course Dinner, Salad
Cuisine Universal
Author SkinnyMs.


  • 16 ounces salmon fillets wild caught (4 fillets)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 bunch asparagus woody bottom stems removed
  • 1 cup whole-wheat couscous dry
  • 1 red bell pepper stemmed, seeded, and chopped
  • 1 yellow bell pepper or orange, stemmed, seeded, and chopped
  • 1/4 cup parsley chopped
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice freshly squeezed, divided
  • 1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  • In a pot, bring 2/3 cup water with 1/4 teaspoon salt to a boil. Add couscous. Cover and remove from heat. Let sit for 5 minutes or until other ingredients are complete. Remove lid and fluff with a fork.
  • Bring a small pot of water (about 4- 6 cups water) with 1/4 teaspoon salt to a boil. Blanch asparagus for 3 to 4 minutes in boiling water until bright green and crisp-tender. Remove.
  • Sprinkle salmon with salt and pepper. Place oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add fillets, skin-side up. Cook for about 3 - 4 minutes until golden on one side.
  • Flip and cook for 3 to 4 more minutes, until skin is crisp and fish is firm.
  • Toss chopped raw peppers and parsley into couscous along with pepper, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1 tablespoon lemon juice.
  • Place asparagus on top of couscous. Sprinkle the asparagus with remaining lemon juice. Top with salmon.
  • Serve and enjoy!


One serving = 1-3/4 cups couscous salad, 3-4 spears asparagus and 1 salmon fillet

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 308kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 439mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 9
Keywords Seafood

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