Pan-Fried Salmon with Asparagus & Couscous Salad

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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!

Pan Fried Salmon with Asparagus & Warm Couscous Salad

Pan Fried Salmon with Asparagus & Warm Couscous Salad

Yields: 4 servings | Calories: 308 | Total Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 439mg | Carbohydrates: 27g | Fiber: 3g | Sugars: 3g | Protein: 20g | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 9 |

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


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


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Sprinkle salmon with salt and pepper. Place oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
  4. Add fillets, skin-side up. Cook for about 3 - 4 minutes until golden on one side.
  5. Flip and cook for 3 to 4 more minutes, until skin is crisp and fish is firm.
  6. Toss chopped raw peppers and parsley into couscous along with pepper, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1 tablespoon lemon juice.
  7. Place asparagus on top of couscous. Sprinkle the asparagus with remaining lemon juice. Top with salmon.
  8. Serve and enjoy!

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2 Comments on "Pan-Fried Salmon with Asparagus & Couscous Salad"

  1. Kathleen  January 12, 2017

    This says it’s 6 servings but only calls for 4 pieces of fish?

    • Gale Compton  January 16, 2017

      Kathleen, Sorry that was a typo, it’s 4 salmon filets. 🙂


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