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Chile-spiced red snapper and couscous stew

Points® value
Total Time
42 min
30 min
12 min
Frozen dinner has never tasted so good! Turn to this cook ahead, freezer-friendly meal to help you put a homemade “fast food” meal on the table in minutes during stressful or busy times when cooking from scratch just isn’t feasible. Red snapper lends excellent flavor to this hearty stew though you could use cod to save a few dollars if you don’t mind a softer texture. To jump-start the thawing process, place the stew in refrigerator the night before you plan to reheat it. Pair this cozy dish with some bagged salad greens and your favorite dressing for super simple meal.


Cooking spray

1 spray(s)


1 small, chopped

Red bell pepper

¼ cup(s), chopped

Jalapeño pepper

1 small, red, or other hot chile, cored, seeded and minced (do not touch seeds with bare hands)

Uncooked snapper

1 pound(s), or cod fillet, skinned, cut into bite-size pieces


2 medium, cored and chopped

Dried thyme

¼ tsp, crushed

Table salt

½ tsp

Black pepper

¼ tsp

Fat free chicken broth

1 cup(s)

Cooked couscous

½ cup(s), pearl-variety


1 Tbsp, fresh, minced

Fresh lemon juice

1 tsp


  1. Coat a medium nonstick pot with cooking spray. Add onion, red pepper and chile; sauté, stirring frequently, for 3 minutes. Add fish and cook 1 minute.
  2. Add tomatoes, thyme, salt, pepper and broth. Simmer until fish is cooked through, about 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in couscous, chives and lemon juice; heat through. Yields about 1 1/4 cup per serving.
  4. Freezing and thawing instructions: Prepare stew recipe and place cooled product in a freezer-safe container, cover tightly and freeze. When ready to eat, thaw in the refrigerator and then reheat in covered saucepan over medium heat, about 5 minutes, or in microwave on medium power until hot. Or, remove frozen stew from container and place in a saucepan. Cover and heat over medium heat, breaking up stew with a spoon as it softens, about 15 minutes.