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Arctic char with cranberry couscous

Points® value
Total Time
21 min
6 min
15 min
Here's a delicious entrée and side that comes together in just about 20 minutes. The simple but satisfying couscous is flavored with dried cranberries, olive oil, salt, pepper, scallions, and parsley. Simply season the fish, then let it pan-sear for a few minutes in a skillet, and your dinner is all ready to go. We love the tender, sweet taste of arctic char, but you can use trout or salmon instead. And feel free to round out the meal with a fresh green vegetable, such as steamed green beans. For the freshest beans, purchase them at a farmers’ market during the summer and early fall.



1¼ cup(s)

Uncooked whole wheat couscous

1 cup(s)

Dried cranberries

cup(s), or cherries

Olive oil

1 tsp(s)

Table salt

1 tsp(s)

Black pepper

¼ tsp(s)


2 medium, chopped

Fresh parsley

cup(s), fresh, chopped

Uncooked artic char

1 pound(s), four 4 oz pieces


  1. Bring the water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Stir in the couscous, cranberries, oil, 1⁄2 teaspoon of the salt, and the pepper. Remove the saucepan from the heat. Cover and let stand 5 minutes, then fluff the couscous mixture with a fork.
  2. Spoon the couscous mixture into a serving bowl and stir in the scallions and parsley.
  3. Sprinkle the arctic char with the remaining 1⁄2 teaspoon salt. Spray a large nonstick skillet with nonstick spray and set over medium-high heat. Add the fish and cook until just opaque in the center, about 3 minutes on each side. Serve with the couscous. Yields 1 arctic char fillet and scant 1 cup couscous mixture per serving.