Leeky salmon in a parcel

Leeky salmon in a parcel

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(39 ratings)

Ready in 15-20 minutes


Serves 2
Assemble the parcels a few hours ahead, zap in the microwave, and that's supper ready

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal535
  • fat41g
  • saturates19g
  • carbs8g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre3g
  • protein34g
  • salt0.41g
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  • 2 salmon fillets, 140g/5oz each



    With its delicate, sweet flesh and wide availability, salmon is one of the most popular fish.…

  • 1 medium or 2 small leeks, about 200g/8oz in total



    Like garlic and onion, leeks are a member of the allium family, but have their own distinct…

  • 50g frozen petits pois
  • 4 heaped tbsp crème fraîche, plus 2 tbsp to serve
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh tarragon



    A popular and versatile herb, tarragon has an intense flavour that's a unique mix of sweet…


  1. Season the salmon fillets all over. Slice the leeks really thinly. Cut two 40cm square sheets of greaseproof paper and put a fillet in the middle of each sheet.

  2. Top each fillet with leeks and peas, and 2 tbsp of crème fraîche. Sprinkle with tarragon and salt and pepper.

  3. Make up parcels with the paper and stand them on a microwave-proof plate or tray. Microwave on full power for 5 minutes. Put the contents of the parcels on two plates and top each serving with a spoonful of crème fraîche. Serve with new potatoes.

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Comments (41)

catie74's picture

I use half fat crème fraiche and fresh spinach too. I often cook fish in the microwave with perfect results. I cook 2 parcels for 4 minutes. Also cooked leeks before.

Sometimes use wine instead of crème fraiche

Nicky Gumery 111's picture

I used the microwave for this as instructed. I thought the dish was beautiful, full of flavour, the leeks were soft, the only thing I added was lemon. Great easy lunch for work, will definately do again, at work (on its own was enough) and home with new potatoes.

dal101's picture

Perfect recipe for our motor homing weekends - by the time hubby had finished setting up, dinner was dished up, wine poured and Radio 4 on!

babs60's picture

Based on previous comments I cooked the leeks in a little butter & white wine first & as suggested by a previous reviewer I added to the crème fraiche the juice & zest of a lemon & black pepper. As my daughter is not keen on peas, I only added a few, & to be honest, I don't think it needed them. But all in all the meal went down very well & I will certainly be making it again.

cotterz's picture

Very easy and very tasty will make again

bogbrush14's picture

this is a great little recipe - light, creamy and tasty. I didn't have any leeks so used spring onions instead, and it worked well. I stirred in the juice and zest of a lemon, and lots of black pepper, into the creme fraiche before topping the salmon and I felt this really made the dish - without lemon I think it would be a bit bland. Cooked it in the oven for about 18 mins, wrapped in tin foil. Served with minted new pots and green veggies. Yum!

susanholden's picture

really easy to make and is good enough to serve at a dinner party.

57406112's picture

Delicious. Have used parsley or chives instead of tarragon. Added lemon juice and capers. I don't have a microwave so used oven method. I lightly fried leeks, added crème fraîche, herbs, lemon juice
and capers. Put into casserole and left too cool. Topped with salmon just before cooking for about 25 minutes.

wibblewobble30's picture

Easy to cook, don't use microwave so cooked in oven xx

annatatham's picture

Delicious! And so easy! I also used fresh basil and served with cous cous (with garlic, chilli and tomatoes), and it was really tasty.

barrybubbles's picture

That will teach me not to read the second page of feedback! I did it in the oven and it took nearly 30mins to cook the fish :( the leeks were a little crunchy still and the creme fraiche sat on the top in a lump! I will try again as the flavours were all there but maybe lay the leeks under the fish so they cook in the fish juices, or add a splash of wine to the parcels for some steam.

mlhaddad's picture

I microwaved this with a little cooked basmati rice under the salmon. Absolutely delicious - for a tv supper or a dinner party.

jollypops's picture

I did mine in the oven and like others before me, found it took a good 10 mins longer than it was supposed to. But once it was cooked it tasted great. Perhaps a higher heat might have done the trick?

ruthy31's picture

A super simple and speedy dish that tastes fab! Enjoyed by the whole family (even my 2 year old!). I didn't have tarragon so used fresh basil instead. Will be making this agin soon.

tc1980's picture

I'm not sure where I went wrong, but this was awful...mainly because the leeks were not cooked, even after I cooked it for 25 mins!

nat_davies12's picture

This is lovely but takes double the 15 mins in the oven it states!! I took mine out after 15 mins and the salmon was still roar in the middle :(

dianaruby's picture

Delicious and so easy!

kneelbeforezod's picture

Tasty and quick. Used Greek yoghurt and it tasted good, accompanied by mashed potato... Managed to use the greaseproof paper inside out and it stuck to the fish!!!

lhmg09's picture

Simple, easy and tasty! Just what we like!

belhunt100's picture

Did the same as fiz and added lemon juice.
One thing I did wrong was put everything in the greaseproof parcel with the paper insideout.... not good. But this was such a simple tasty recipe! will definately do again!


Questions (2)

Nicky Gumery 111's picture

Could you make this up in the morning for a lunch at work in the microwave? Even the frozen peas?

goodfoodteam's picture

Hi there, provided the parcel is kept in a cool bag on the way to work and stored in the fridge during the morning it should be absolutely fine to microwave at work. If your colleagues don’t mind the smell of cooked fish! 

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