Herby salmon & couscous parcels

Herby salmon & couscous parcels

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(102 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 15 mins


Easily doubled
Whip up a weekday meal in less than 30 minutes - this recipe is easily doubled too

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily doubled

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal504
  • fat24g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs39g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre1g
  • protein36g
  • salt2.71g
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  • 110g pack lemon and garlic couscous



    Consisting of many tiny granules made from steamed and dried durum wheat, couscous has become a…

  • 200ml hot vegetable stock
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • handful chopped fresh herbs (parsley, plus thyme, tarragon or rosemary is good)
  • 4 spring onions, thinly sliced
    Spring onions

    Spring onion

    sp-ring un-yun

    Also known as scallions or green onions, spring onions are in fact very young onions, harvested…

  • 4 Sun-blush or sundried tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 salmon fillet, approx 140g/5oz each


  1. Put the couscous into a bowl and stir in the stock and oil. Cover with cling film and leave to stand 10 mins, then uncover and fluff up with a fork. Keeping back some herbs, add the rest of the ingredients, except the salmon. Season to taste.

  2. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Cut two large sheets of non-stick baking paper, then divide the couscous between them. Sit each fillet on the couscous, top with the remaining herbs and season. Fold the paper over, then twist the edges to seal – like a Cornish pasty. Pop the parcels onto a baking sheet and bake for 15 mins or until the fish feels firm through the paper. Serve in the bag.

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Comments (106)

culinary_novice's picture

Bang on. Worked out much better than I thought, even with the high ratings.

I used a stapler for the parcels. Origami isn't my forte.

Couscous packets all the way - mix and match!

jcrawley's picture

Love these. Made several times now, always excellent and so easy to put together.

porridge93's picture

Ainsley Harriot's packets of couscous work well with this as they come in so may different flavours. The thai one is particularly good.

creamtjunkie's picture

Absolutely LOVE this! We cook in the microwave for speed - super quick, healthy & tasty! Highly recommend ...love it in the paper wrapping = less mess. Great with different flavours of couscous too for variety.

littletink1986's picture

So quick and easy to make, yet so yummy!

4spoons's picture

Really lovely, Salmon turned out perfectly.

I added asparagus to the parcels 5 mins before the end, which worked well.

misscyip's picture

So quick and easy! I definitely feel like i'm doing my body good after a few days of heavy or rich meals. Absolutely gorgeous :) As soon as I have enough time to flavour my own couscouses- would make it even better

eleanormayo's picture

I didn't think this was that great, the cous cous went all mushy!

magsf23's picture

The herbs I had available were parsley, oregano and chives. I had no sundried (or other) tomatoes, but did have some leftover artichokes from a jar of antipasto and some kalamata olives, so I sliced these into the couscous. I thought they worked well with the herbs I had. I'm a big citrus fan so I squeezed plenty of lemon over the finished dish, which I thought was tasty and filling.

atg123's picture

Quick, tasty and healthy. Thank you very much!

lizreayner85's picture

Really easy to make and the fish was really well cooked and so tender. I made to the recipe but scooped out onto plates to serve as hubby didn't fancy eating his dinner out of the paper!! Very tasty and will def make again.

aaylett's picture

A very tasty, quick dinner.

victoria_mason's picture

Excellent - really enjoyed this recipe. I made it for one, and used lemon juice, lemon zest and some sliced garlic to flavour the couscous. I opted for parsley and ground coriander for both the couscous and the salmon, and I put some slices of courgette on top of the cous cous which added veg and kept the cous cous nice and moist. Thoroughly recommend. (Did need 20 minutes, as people have written above). Also, I only had tinfoil, which worked just as well.

yvonnelove's picture

Made this last night, the salmon was delicious! Didn't have any lemon couscous so used a mediterranean flavour instead and served with roasted peppers, courgettes & red onion. Added to the favourites list, definitely one for making again.

kirank's picture

Fantastic tasty meal. We used peppers in oil instead of the sun blushed tomatoes , great !

stavria's picture

Very filling and tasty!I had to make the couscous from scratch so i simply added lemon zest and freshly squeezed lemon juice as well as a crushed clove of garlic!I also grilled a tomato and a yellow pepper for colour.As I didn't have any other fresh herb other than parsley,I added dried thyme and mild chilli powder as well as some fresh chillies which added a nice spice to both my salmon and my couscous.After reading the other comments i also added a few drops of white wine.very easy to cook and delicious taste!!

paulaogymru's picture

Hi my family loved this. I made a harrisa version for my husband and I, and the lemon version for our children. Rather than prepare individual parcels, I lined roasting trays with paper, making large parcels and then served onto plates without the paper. I added a tray of roast veg in the oven and served with these and new pots . I will scale this up for our family meal for 15 this month!

GVB's picture

Lovely. I seasoned my plain cous cous with lemon zest, juice and garlic and served with a salad. I think I would bulk up the veg next time (roasted peppers etc) instead of serving with a salad.

deeman13's picture

Lovely! Easy to make and loved the smokey salmon taste. Recommended!

jarrestr's picture

Have made this twice and it is really easy and tasty. Didn't bother with flavoured couscous, too expensive and fresh lemon and garlic has more flavour.Used salmon steaks and cooked fish for 5 minutes longer.


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