Sicilian fish and couscous, also known as Couscous alla Trapanese, is a recipe with ancient origins, but this dish continues to amaze and delight the palates of the Sicilians even today. Sicilian cuisine is very diverse, as it has been influenced by the many cultures that visited its wonderful land in ancient times. If you want to know how to make couscous and experiment with different recipes, this is a good place to start!
So does couscous go with fish?
Couscous is typically a traditional Mediterranean dish, but while in the African coast it is prepared with meat and vegetables, in Sicily – and more precisely in Trapani – it is seasoned with fresh fish caught in the Mediterranean Sea.
In this delicious recipe the small balls of Martino’s 100% durum wheat semolina couscous are cooked together with fresh fish. All of the colors and scents of the sea blend together in this dish, which offers an inimitable taste and fragrance.
Secret Chef Tip: To cook a special meal, boil the couscous in fish broth!
How to make Couscous alla Trapanese
Here is how to make couscous and prepare the broth: Wash and gut the fish, and remove its central bone and head. With the fish scraps (excluding the bowel), prepare a fish broth by putting them in a pan together with the peeled onion, celery and laurel. Cover with cold water and cook on low heat for approximately 1 hour. After, filter the resulting broth very well.
Cut the fish into small slices and remove the bones. In a large saucepan, fry the chopped garlic and parsley in a dash of extra virgin olive oil. Add the tomato and cook with salt and pepper for 10 minutes. Add the fish, saffron, paprika and chopped almonds.
Cook the sauce for about 20 minutes in order to cook the fish. Meanwhile, prepare the couscous by putting it in a pan and cover with boiling fish broth. Cover and let sit for 10 minutes. Shell the couscous with a fork, and then season it with the fish sauce and serve.
Martino Couscous is perfect with fish dishes!
Martino has created its premium line for those who want the best: steaming, first quality grain, unique organoleptic and nutritional qualities for this 100% Italian taste product. Ideal to be combined with fresh fish from the Mediterranean Sea or fresh Salmon.
We invite you to try out the delicious couscous with fish recipe people have been enjoying for centuries. To add more flavour to your dish, try one of Martino’s organic products that keep the taste authentic and rich.