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Smoky Salmon with Watercress and Bacon-Corn Couscous

Smoky Salmon with Watercress and Bacon-Corn Couscous


  • 4 salmon fillets, skin removed

  • Salt and pepper

  • 1 teaspoon smoked sweet paprika

  • Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), for drizzling

  • 1 large or 2 small bundles upland cress or watercress

  • Juice of 1 lemon

  • 2 slices smoky bacon, chopped

  • 1 ear corn, kernels scraped from cob

  • 1/2 small red bell pepper, chopped

  • 4 scallions, finely chopped or 1/2 small red onion, finely chopped

  • 1 cup chicken stock

  • A couple of tablespoons fresh dill, chopped

  • A few dashes of hot sauce

  • 1 cup couscous


Season the fish with salt, pepper and smoked sweet paprika. Heat a drizzle of EVOO in a shallow nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. When the pan is hot, cook the fish for a few minutes on each side until just cooked through or a bit pink at the center; you can gauge doneness very simply by looking at the side of the fillets as they cook.

Meanwhile, dress the watercress with the lemon juice and a little EVOO, then season with salt and pepper. Heat a drizzle of EVOO in a saucepot over medium-high heat. Add the bacon and cook until crisp, then add the corn, pepper and scallions or onion and stir for 2-3 minutes until tender-crisp. Add the stock, dill and hot sauce and bring to a boil. Add the couscous and turn off the heat. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes.

Top the fish with the watercress salad. Fluff the couscous with a fork and serve alongside the fish. This is one of many "Yum-o!" recipes – it's good and good for you. To find out more about Yum-o!, Rachael's nonprofit organization, go to