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Citrus Alaska Salmon & Saffron Couscous Grain Bowl

citrus Alaska Salmon and saffron couscous grain bowl recipe

This recipe is packed with veggies, fresh greens, hearty couscous, and topped with Popsie's wild caught sockeye salmon fillet. Choose your favorite asian style dressing — we like a spicy sesame ginger — and add a garnish like pumpkin seeds for crunch. Easy and delicious and so good for you!

Citrus Alaska Salmon & Saffron Couscous Grain Bowl

Servings: 4           Prep Time: 30 minutes        Cook Time: 10 minutes

citrus Alaska Salmon and saffron couscous grain bowl recipe


For the couscous:

    • 1/4 tsp saffron threads (or turmeric)
    • 1 qt water
    • 1 cup pearl couscous
    • Salt and pepper, to taste
    • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
    • 4 lemon wedges

For the salad:

    • 2 cups seedless cucumber, halved lengthwise, then thin-sliced
    • 2 cups cherry/pear tomatoes, halved
    • ½ cup red onion, slivered

For the fish:

You'll also need:

  • 8 to 12 cups mixed greens
  • 1 bottle of sesame ginger dressing



    Step 1: The couscous

    • Place water, saffron, salt, pepper in medium pot; bring to a low simmer. Add the couscous and simmer for 7-9 minutes until tender. Drain couscous well; toss in a bowl with olive oil, then cool.

    Step 2: The Salmon

    • Quickly marinate salmon with 1 Tbsp each dressing and olive oil. In a nonstick sauté pan, season the salmon with salt and pepper, then sear the fish for 2-3 minutes on one side until it is a light golden-brown, flip the fish, and cook for a few minutes before removing it from the pan.

    Step 3: Assemble

    • For each serving: Spread 2-3 cups mixed greens on the bottom of a large single-serving bowl; drizzle 1 Tbsp of dressing over the greens. In a mixing bowl, combine the couscous, 1 Tbsp of the dressing, and squeeze the juice of one lemon wedge into the mixture. Toss, then place couscous and cucumber tomato salad on top. Add salmon; spoon dressing over salmon.

    Recipe Note

    ✶Optional garnish: Dill sprigs, lemon wedges, pumpkin seeds, and/or crispy fried garlic.

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