Seared Salmon with Israeli Couscous


This light, easy weeknight dinner is worthy of a dinner party, but quick enough to still enjoy the precious few hours after work. If you’re nervous about cooking skin-on salmon, don’t worry. The key to stress-free fish cooking is to follow this recipe’s instructions for pan seared salmon. By properly heating the oil and allowing the salmon skin to crisp up, it’ll not only make a delicious crust, the skin will release easily. Prep tip: If you’ve got extra time before dinner, this salad benefits from an extra hour of marinating.

Seared salmon with Israeli couscous
Photo: Jennifer Causey
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 1 cup whole-wheat Israeli couscous

  • 1 Gala apple, chopped

  • 1 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves and tender stems

  • 1 cup baby arugula

  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced

  • ¼ cup toasted pine nuts

  • 3 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons olive oil, divided

  • 1 tablespoon whole-grain mustard

  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest plus 2 Tbsp. fresh juice (from 2 lemons), plus wedges for serving

  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt, divided, plus more for cooking couscous

  • ¾ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided

  • 4 6-oz. skin-on salmon fillets


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add couscous and cook until al dente, about 10 minutes. Drain; toss with apple, parsley, arugula, onion, pine nuts, and 2 teaspoons oil in a large bowl.

  2. Whisk mustard, lemon zest and juice, 2 tablespoons oil, and teaspoon each salt and pepper. Drizzle over couscous; toss to combine. Set aside.

  3. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high. Season salmon with remaining teaspoon each salt and pepper. Cook salmon, skin side down, until crispy, about 4 minutes. Flip and cook to desired doneness, 2 to 3 minutes for medium-rare. Serve with couscous salad and lemon wedges.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

588 Calories
29g Fat
38g Carbs
44g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 588
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 29g 37%
Cholesterol 90mg 30%
Sodium 529mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 38g 14%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 44g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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