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Panko Shrimp Skewers with Orange Couscous

Crispy, citrusy shrimp is served over orange couscous in this guest-worthy meal that feels like something special.
Servings: 4
Author: Jess Smith via Inquiring Chef


Ginger Orange Sauce:

  • 1 cup low-pulp orange juice
  • 1 tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tbsp. mayonnaise
  • 1 ½ tbsp. fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tsp. grated peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp. fresh lime juice
  • ½ tsp. ground cumin

Shrimp and Couscous:

  • 1 cup low-pulp orange juice
  • ½ tsp. grated fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 20 jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 ½ cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup uncooked couscous
  • ¼ cup chopped green onions
  • ¼ cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • 1 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp. cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil


  • For the sauce, heat orange juice in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until reduced to about ½ cup. Remove from heat and stir in remaining ingredients until evenly combined. Store in the refrigerator up to 3 days.
  • To prepare and marinate the shrimp, add 5 shrimp to each skewer, feeding skewer through the shrimp in two places to secure. In glass baking dish, combine 1 cup orange juice, ginger, cumin and salt. Place shrimp in marinade and turn to coat well. Cover dish and refrigerate for at least 3 hours (these can be marinated overnight if preferred).
  • About 15 minutes before serving, pour couscous into a small, dry saucepan on medium heat. Stir couscous constantly just until it begins to toast and turn a light golden brown, about 2 minutes. Add broth and remaining ½ cup orange juice and bring to a boil. Remove from heat, and let stand, covered, for 5 minutes. Add green onions, almonds and butter and stir to combine. Keep covered until ready to serve.
  • To prepare the shrimp, heat olive oil at medium-high heat in a pan large enough to accommodate all 4 shrimp skewers without any overlapping. Combine the panko breadcrumbs and cilantro and pour on a dinner plate or flat-bottomed dish. Dip each skewer of shrimp in the panko, turning to fully coat before placing in hot pan. Cook shrimp until pink, about 2-3 minutes on each side.
  • Serve shrimp on skewers over couscous and drizzle with Ginger Orange Sauce.