Shrimp and Couscous Foil Packets with Avocado-Mango Salsa

June 23, 2016

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.

Shrimp and Couscous Foil Packets with Avocado-Mango Salsa | Cooking Classy

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!

Shrimp and Couscous Foil Packets with Avocado-Mango Salsa | Cooking Classy

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Shrimp and Couscous Foil Packets with Avocado-Mango Salsa

5 from 2 votes

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

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 357mg119%
Sodium 289mg13%
Potassium 856mg24%
Carbohydrates 60g20%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 35g70%
Vitamin A 4865IU97%
Vitamin C 45.4mg55%
Calcium 283mg28%
Iron 5.6mg31%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Caribbean
Keyword: Shrimp Recipe
Author: Jaclyn