Shrimp Couscous Packets with Avocado Mango Salsa

This shrimp couscous packets with avocado mango salsa is the perfect throw it together dinner. All you need to do it wrap it all up in foil and bake or grill. So easy and totally delicious! Ready in under 30 minutes! 

This shrimp couscous packets with avocado mango salsa is the perfect throw it together dinner. All you need to do it wrap it all up in foil and bake or grill. So easy and totally delicious! Ready in under 30 minutes!

Today is my last day of vacation.  I’m going to be sad to leave. This place is so amazing. Yesterday we went to Ocracoke Island and went shelling on the beach.  I got a couple nice shells. I also got this amazing shot of these seagulls while I was on the ferry. What do you think? Do you love it as much as I do? I swear they almost look fake.This shrimp couscous packets with avocado mango salsa is the perfect throw it together dinner. All you need to do it wrap it all up in foil and bake or grill. So easy and totally delicious! Ready in under 30 minutes!

Now, onto the food. You know, the real reason all of you visit my site. I made these shrimp packets a few weeks ago and have been in love since.  This meal is simple and packed full of flavor. I make a chicken dish where I cook everything in foil but never tried shrimp.  The original recipe calls to grill the packet but we do not have a grill at our house.  So instead of grilling, I opted I to bake the packets. It worked out fine. Perfectly steamed and a complete success.

There is a lot of chopping involved in the salsa so I would recommend doing it earlier in the day and letting the flavors set. That way the whole dinner prep time is not spent chopping. You could probably do it a day before if you wanted too but I would probably leave the avocado out until closer to serving. You don’t want it getting too mushy.  Also, the original recipe called for using only one mango but I bumped that up to two. I think the extra mango balanced out the rest of the salsa ingredients. I also just really really really love mango. (I have to apologize for the pictures. The meal is a hot mess to photograph but it tastes delicious!)

This shrimp couscous packets with avocado mango salsa is the perfect throw it together dinner. All you need to do it wrap it all up in foil and bake or grill. So easy and totally delicious! Ready in under 30 minutes!

{Looking for more shrimp recipes? Try my Asian Shrimp Po Boy SandwichCajun Shrimp Fettuccine AlfredoShrimp Tacos with Apple Pomegranate SalsaTequila Lime Shrimp Phyllo CupsCajun Shrimp Hummus CrostiniSkillet Sherry Shrimp and Tomatoes or my Low Country Boil Foil Packets.}

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Shrimp with Avocado-Mango Salsa

This shrimp couscous packets with avocado mango salsa is the perfect throw it together dinner. All you need to do it wrap it all up in foil and bake or grill. So easy and totally delicious! Ready in under 30 minutes!

Yield: 4 packets

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 mintues

Ingredients:

  • Vegetable oil cooking spray
  • 8 cups baby spinach
  • 1 cup couscous
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 pound medium shrimp, shelled and de-veined
  • 1 teaspoon Badia Tropical Sazon*
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro, divided
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 2 large mangos, peeled and diced
  • 1 medium avocado, diced
  • 1 medium tomato, diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/2 jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

Source: Loosely adapted from Self Magazine

Directions:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Using cooking spray coat inside of four 18-inch long pieces of foil. Place 2 cups spinach in center of each piece of foil. Combine couscous with 1/2 cup water; divide evenly among packets, placing on top of spinach.

Combine shrimp, Badia tropical sazon, 1/4 cup cilantro, oil and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a bowl. Divide shrimp evenly among packets, placing next to couscous.

Fold foil to close and crimp edges to seal; put onto cookie sheet and add to oven. I cooked two packets at at time because my oven is small. Cook until packets are fully puffed, 10 - 12 minutes.

Combine remaining 1/4 cup cilantro with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, mango, avocado, tomato, onion, jalapeño and lime juice in a bowl. Carefully open foil; stir contents; garnish with salsa before serving.

* You could use any spice you have in your pantry if you do not have Badia Tropical Sazon. Garlic, coriander, jerk season, etc. They would all be delicious. You could also leave out the seasoning and the packet would still be full of flavor from the fresh salsa.

 

13 Responses to “Shrimp Couscous Packets with Avocado Mango Salsa”

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    Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray — June 10, 2011 at 11:42 am

    You’re apologizing for these photos? Please, girl! They look great! And that is a beautiful picture of seagulls. I’m not a shrimp fan, so I’d probably stick with chicken, but this looks awesome! And healthy!

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    Sue — June 10, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Yur salsa sounds amazing:) Love the shot of the seagulls! Too bad vacations have to end:(

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    Sue — June 10, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    YOUR salsa:)

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    Maris (In Good Taste) — June 10, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    what a delicious combination of shrimp and and mango salsa! Light and refreshing!

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    Jen @ BeantownBaker.com — June 10, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    Yes, that photo does look fake. The closest one seriously looks fake. Great pic though! Oh and great looking food too 🙂

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    Heather @girlichef — June 11, 2011 at 9:20 am

    No need for apologies…it looks like an amazing meal..so colorful and inviting, too. Hope you had a fantastic trip 😀

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    Erica — June 11, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    I love doing foil packs in the oven or on the grill- so tasty! And the colors in this one are just awesome!! Glad you had a nice vacation- the end is always toughhhh

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    Reeni — June 11, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    The shrimp packets look amazing with that salsa! And the shot IS really cool! Hope you’re enjoying your last day of vacation!

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    shelly (cookies and cups) — June 20, 2011 at 9:29 am

    I have never done a foil packet!! This sounds amazing!!

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    Shelby — June 22, 2011 at 9:33 am

    I would love this!

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    Aggie — July 11, 2011 at 11:25 am

    Oh wow, this looks so delicious!!

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