Poached Salmon with Chimichurri and Pearl Couscous: #BeyondInspiralized

Poached Salmon with Chimichurri and Pearl Couscous

Poached Salmon with Chimichurri and Pearl Couscous

I pretty much say this every time a month ends, but I REALLY can’t believe July is over!

It’s the last Sunday post of the month, which means it’s another installment of #BeyondInspiralized, where I share a non-spiralized recipe, just something I’m making at home and want to share!

I’m a huge fan of couscous and I love the pearl variety (also known as Israeli couscous) that I’m using in today’s recipe.

When I’m not in the ‘mood’ to cook or I just am lacking inspiration, I usually go with a sheet pan salmon supper – I throw down some salmon, veggies, and a starch and I roast it altogether. OR, instead of putting my starch on the pan, I make it while the veggies and salmon roast.

Poached Salmon with Chimichurri and Pearl Couscous

This is a great example of the kind of easy, go-to meal I make during the weeknights (that isn’t spiralized.) The chimichurri sauce can be replaced for a canned pesto, if you’re really crunched for time – but it coats the couscous so well, as would a pesto.

Being in my third trimester, I’ve tried to eat wild salmon at least once a week! Apparently, it’s great for the baby’s development at this stage. I’ve tried not to get too crazy about the exact things I eat each day (I don’t make lists of all the foods, for example), but I’m definitely more conscious of making sure I sneak in certain foods each week.

Poached Salmon with Chimichurri and Pearl Couscous

If you’re not a fan of salmon, try this with grilled chicken or if you’re a vegetarian, swap in some roasted tofu! And yes, you can use traditional couscous, but the pearled couscous here works so much better!


Nutritional Information & Recipe

Weight Watchers SmartPoints*: 12 points

*These points were calculated using the official Weight Watchers SmartPoints calculator. We are in no way affiliated with Weight Watchers, we are providing this information based on popular demand.

Poached Salmon with Chimichurri and Pearl Couscous

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins


  • 1.25 pound asparagus ends trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 cup pearl couscous
  • 1.5 cups water
  • 4 4oz portions of wild salmon
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 springs of parsley or dill
  • a few thin slices of white onion
  • For the chimichurri:
  • 1 cup packed fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 cup packed fresh cilantro
  • 3 large garlic cloves
  • 1 seeded and chopped serrano chile or jalapeño
  • 1/4 cup chopped white onion
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil


  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Lay out the asparagus on a baking sheet and drizzle with the olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and roast for 20-25 minutes or until fork-tender and browned.
  • Bring water and a pinch of salt to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add the couscous, reduce heat to a simmer and cook, covered, until the water is absorbed, about 10 minutes. Remove the pan from heat and let stand, covered, for 2-3 minutes. Uncover and fluff gently with a fork.
  • Season the salmon with salt. Place the water, parsley, and onions in a deep skillet and bring to a simmer on medium heat. Once simmering, add the salmon, skin-side down and cover. Cook for 5 to 10 minutes (depending on the thickness of the salmon) or until to your desired doneness (flake the fish and if it’s still very pink, keep cooking for another 2 minutes.) Uncover and remove the salmon pieces with tongs.
  • While everything cooks, place all of the ingredients for the chimichurri into a food processor and pulse until smooth. Taste and adjust, if necessary. Set aside.
  • Divide the couscous and salmon into bowls or plates and top with pieces of salmon. Drizzle with chimichurri and serve immediately.


Per serving (1 out of 4) - Calories: 433, Fat: 24g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Carbs: 22g, Fiber: 5g, Sugars: 4g, Protein: 28g, Sodium: 237mg

Poached Salmon with Chimichurri and Pearl Couscous

New to spiralizing? Grab your FREE eBook with our 20 Most Popular Blog Recipes!

Have a spiralizer and not sure where to start?How about making our fool-proof, most popularly made recipes from the blog? In this printable PDF eCookbook you’ll find photos and full recipes of our readers’ favorites to get you started!

Share on facebook
Share on google
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin

Leave a Comment

Want to share a photo of what you’ve made? Be sure to click the 'Choose file' button below to add your photos!

Recipe Rating

The maximum upload file size: 300 MB. You can upload: image.

1 comment

David says:
IMHO as a West Coast Canadian where wild salmon is plentiful, salmon is best when it is less cooked, ie. pink inside. Unfortunately, most restaurants overcook salmon and leave it dry and tasteless. Love your blog and our spiralizer.

Latest on Inspiralized

Subscribe to Inspiralized

Subscribe to one or all of our newsletters for amazing
recipes, inspirational content + our free starter guide

  • Weekly Recap
  • Kidsletter
  • Products + Sales

VEGETARIAN ZUCCHINI & QUINOA LASAGNA, a fan favorite 👏🏼😍 the zucchini cooks to just al dente for a real lasagna-like texture and the quinoa gives this vegetarian dish a burst of protein and texture. I love making this during the summertime with fresh zucchinis and basil, but it’s amazing year round ☀️ grab the recipe up on the blog! ⁣

#spiralized #spiralizer #meatlessmonday #vegetarianrecipes #vegetarianmeals #vegetariandinner

the crib to bed and the nap to quiet time transitions all happened within a month or so of each other for us and today on the blog, I’m sharing all about how we got through them smoothly-ish 🤪 also, as just a general thought, all of these baby and toddler transitions tend to be “easier” than we hype them up to be. I think the anxiety of the unknown makes them scarier than they are! anyway, you can check the post out on the blog today for all the details! it’s a quick but to-the-point post ✌🏼 ⁣

and not to contradict myself 🙈, but I need all the tips for putting toddlers together in the same room, which I’m going to have to do soon, so we can start preparing the twins’ nursery (we’re planning on moving Luca into Roma’s room and using Luca’s room for the twins, because it’s larger.) moms/dads who have done it - what’s the secret?! 🤔⁣

#toddlerbed #toddlerbedroom #toddlermomlife