Seared Lamb With Golden Israeli Couscous
Serves 4| Hands-On Time: | Total Time:
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 lamb shoulder steaks (1 inch thick; about 2 pounds total)
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- kosher salt and black pepper
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 1/4 cups Israeli couscous (also labeled pearl couscous)
- 1/2 cup dried apricots, quartered
- 1 large pinch saffron (optional)
- 4 cups baby spinach (about 4 ounces)
- Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season the lamb with paprika, cinnamon, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper.
- Cook the lamb, 4 to 6 minutes per side for medium-rare. Let rest at least 5 minutes before slicing.
- Meanwhile, heat the remaining tablespoon of oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat.
- Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 3 to 4 minutes.
- Stir in the couscous, apricots, saffron (if desired), 1 teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon pepper, and 2 cups water. Bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat and gently simmer, covered, until couscous is tender and water is absorbed, 8 to 10 minutes. Fold in spinach and serve with lamb.
- Per Serving
- Calories 650
- Fat 32g
- Sat Fat 11g
- Cholesterol 131mg
- Sodium 868mg
- Protein 40g
- Carbohydrate 50g
- Sugar 11g
- Fiber 5g
- Iron 6mg
- Calcium 62mg
What does this mean? See Nutrition 101 .
Quick-cooking Israeli couscous looks like a grain but is really a pearl-shaped toasted pasta that goes well with roast chicken, fish, and meat.