Shrimp and Couscous Foil Packets with Avocado-Mango Salsa


Shrimp Foil Packs with Couscous and Avocado Mango Salsa is an easy, flavorful dinner in one! These summery packs are layered with hearty couscous, tender, protein rich shrimp, and a sweet and citrusy mango avocado salsa. It’s a dinner that’s sure to please!

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Shrimp Packs are a Summertime Staple!

These simple shrimp foil packs are so incredibly delicious! They’re perfectly flavorful and the simple, fresh salsa just takes them over the top!

It’s such a wonderful flavor combination here with the avocado-mango salsa and the cilantro-lime shrimp!

And the couscous and spinach rounds it out – while the couscous makes it more hearty and filling and the spinach adds a veggie to the mix (to pair with all that fruit – yes it’s weird that avocados and tomatoes are consider fruit), so you’ve got a meal all in one simple foil packet dinner.

Mango Avocado Salsa in a white serving bowl, set over a wooden table surface.

How Can I Make Them Spicy?

If you’d like to add some heat to this recipe you can definitely toss in 1 or 2 seeded diced jalapeño into the salsa but I figured the last shrimp packet recipe I shared was on the spicy side so I decided to keep this one mild. If we went according to my taste buds everything would be spicy :).

Can I Use Rice?

I recommend sticking with couscous for this recipe as it has such a short cook time. Rice takes 4 times as long to cook, and even instant rice takes more cooking than couscous.

One thing that you might be able to substitute with is cauliflower rice, then you won’t need as much broth. Maybe just 1/4 cup so things don’t dry out.

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Can I Bake them in the Oven?

These can also be baked in the oven. I’d go with 425 and it should take about 10 – 12 minutes.

I love how quick these salmon packs cook. I mean 10 – 15 minutes for a full meal in one can you beat that?

It works perfectly to preheat the grill while you prepare everything then by the time you’ve assembled them the grill should be up to heat and dinner can be ready in 30 minutes or less!

Then soon enough you’ll be savoring each and ever bite! Winnah winnah shrimp fa dinnah!

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Shrimp and Couscous Foil Packets with Avocado-Mango Salsa

5 from 1 vote

Easy, flavorful dinner in one! These summery packs are layered with hearty couscous, tender protein rich shrimp, and a sweet and citrusy mango avocado salsa. It's a dinner that's sure to impress!

Servings: 4
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes


  • Olive or vegetable oil cooking spray
  • 6 oz spinach (about 8 cups), roughly chopped
  • 1 1/3 cups couscous (not pearl couscous)
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/4 lbs large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp fresh lime juice, divided
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro, divided
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 large mango, peeled and diced
  • 1 large avocado, peeled and diced
  • 1 medium vine ripe tomato or two small Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1/3 cup chopped red onion, rinsed under water and drained


  1. Preheat a gas grill over medium-high heat to about 450 degrees. 
  2. Cut 8 sheets of 14 by 12-inch heavy duty aluminum foil. Layer two sheets of foil per packet, with each sheet of foil going opposite directions for each (so you should have 4 packets total). 
  3. Spray center of top 4 pieces of foil with vegetable oil spray. Layer spinach over each packet. 
  4. In a bowl toss together couscous and broth and season lightly with salt, divide couscous among each packet placing it over spinach. 
  5. Toss shrimp with 1 1/2 Tbsp lime juice, 1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil, 1/4 cup cilantro, garlic, cumin and season with salt and pepper to taste. Divide shrimp among packets layering over couscous. 
  6. Wrap foil and crimp edges to seal then grill sealed side up until shrimp and couscous have cooked through, about 12 - 14 minutes. 
  7. Meanwhile prepare salsa - in a medium mixing bowl toss together mango, avocado, tomato, red onion, remaining 1/4 cup cilantro, 1 Tbsp lime juice, 1 Tbsp olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Remove packets from grill, carefully open and toss contents if desired. Serve warm with Avocado-Mango Salsa.
  9. Recipe source: loosely adapted from Self Magazine
Nutrition Facts
Shrimp and Couscous Foil Packets with Avocado-Mango Salsa
Amount Per Serving
Calories 554 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 26%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 357mg 119%
Sodium 289mg 12%
Potassium 856mg 24%
Total Carbohydrates 60g 20%
Dietary Fiber 7g 28%
Sugars 7g
Protein 35g 70%
Vitamin A 97.3%
Vitamin C 55%
Calcium 28.3%
Iron 31.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Caribbean
Keyword: Shrimp Recipe
Calories: 554 kcal
Author: Jaclyn


  • Thaendra Christenson: Is it possible to substitute quinoa for the couscous to make it without gluten/wheat? June 28, 2019 at 8:57pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: If you were to use cooked quinoa it should work out well, and then you should only need a little broth to keep it from drying. June 29, 2019 at 12:57am Reply

  • Carol: do you cook the couscous before June 24, 2019 at 9:08am Reply

    • Jaclyn: No. This type of couscous cooks quickly no pre-cooking necessary. June 24, 2019 at 9:28am Reply

  • Lynn Wilson: We made this spur of the moment for dinner last night. LOVED IT!! Turned out, we had everything on hand and it needed to be eaten! For next time, I’ll use larger shrimp (frozen, jumbo, deveined, remove tails) and a little more vegetable oil to prep the foil packets to keep spinach from burning on the edges. The salsa is amazing – added the jalapeno! Can’t wait to make this again! July 29, 2018 at 7:31am Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad to hear it! Thanks for the review! July 30, 2018 at 2:31pm Reply

  • Kayla: This was delicious and got rave reviews from the family. Thanks for sharing! July 5, 2017 at 10:21pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad your family enjoyed these shrimp packets Kayla! Thanks for your comment! July 7, 2017 at 9:46pm Reply

  • Maria: This sounds delicious and I like that it can be prepared ahead of time. I don’t care for the taste of cilantro. Could I substitute parsley or omit all together? June 28, 2017 at 8:44am Reply

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