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Published on June 15, 2020

Halibut with Olive and Bell Pepper Couscous

Healthy Meals Made Easy

Serves 4 (serving size: 1 fillet and about ½ cup couscous)


  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • ½ cup diced red or green bell pepper
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ cup uncooked Israeli couscous
  • ¾ cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 4 tablespoons kalamata olives, pitted and quartered
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 4 (6 ounce) skinless halibut fillets
  • 4 teaspoons torn fresh oregano or 2 teaspoons dried
  • 2 lemons, cut into 1/8 inch-thick slices


  1. Preheat broiler to high.
  2. Heat a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add 1 teaspoon oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add bell pepper and garlic; cook 1 minute, stirring occasionally. Add couscous; cook 1 minute or until lightly browned. Add broth; bring to a boil. Cover and simmer 7 minutes or until liquid evaporates. Stir in olives, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper.
  3. Sprinkle halibut evenly with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and remaining 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Heat a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add remaining 1 teaspoon oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add fillets to pan; cook 3 minutes. Remove pan from heat; turn fillets over. Arrange torn oregano and lemon slices evenly over fillets. Place pan in oven. Broil 5 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork. Serve fish with couscous.

This recipe has been modified from its original source: Mary Drennen, Cooking Light, March 2013

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