Herby salmon & couscous parcels

Herby salmon & couscous parcels

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Cooking time

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 15 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Easily doubled

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

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Easily doubled
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
504
protein
36g
carbs
39g
fat
24g
saturates
5g
fibre
1g
sugar
5g
salt
2.71g

Ingredients

  • 110g pack lemon and garlic couscous
  • 200ml hot vegetable stock
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • handful chopped fresh herbs (parsley, plus thyme, tarragon or rosemary is good)
  • 4 spring onions, thinly sliced
  • 4 Sun-blush or sundried tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 salmon fillets, approx 140g/5oz each

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Method

  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.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, February 2006

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lizreayner85's picture
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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
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A very tasty, quick dinner.

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

stavria's picture
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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!

badactress66's picture
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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
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Lovely! Easy to make and loved the smokey salmon taste. Recommended!

jarrestr's picture
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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.

kipperm's picture

Made parcels of salmon and of chicken, both fab! The chicken has no colour so not as attractive, will probably flash brown top of chicken next time to make it look more appetising. So quick, easy and hadly any washing up and everyone loved it!!!

juliadiu's picture

Tried it and loved it!!! Thank you very much!
P.S. I also added baby tomatoes which made the dish juicier!

nicky_10's picture
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Amazing mid week meal, looks fabulous too.

devaodoherty's picture
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I made this last night and thought it was just ok. I don't see the point of cooking the couscous and then putting it in the oven. I would have saved time if I'd have put the salmon in the oven at the same time as I was preparing the couscous. Also I thought the salmon was lacking something, it's just plain salmon with a few herbs on top. I served it with the chunky guacamole from this site and that really lifted the meal for me.

jharrold's picture
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made this several time now - a very easy and quick weekday dinner, and also one that goes down very well at an informal dinner party. I've always followed this recipe exactly as I think it great - however I make the lemon and garlic couscous myself by adding zest and couple of teaspoons of juice and crushed garlic clove to the couscous.

katieodea's picture

This was delicious - I only had plain couscous so added garlic oil instead of olive, with a squeeze of lemon. Used parsley and that worked reaaly well.

dijoxc's picture
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Yum, this is delicious and SO EASY!!!

I didn't have a packet of lemon and garlic couscous, so I used plain couscous and added quarter of a lemon (juice and zest) and a crushed clove of garlic. I also chopped 1 mushroom very small. It's stunning, you have to try it!

brendal_1953's picture
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Excellent! Added chillies to the herbs. Loved it!!!

mcbaboon's picture

This was lovely! I used alot of fresh coriander with the recipe.

21stcenturyhousewife's picture

My boy friend, who hates fish, loves this meal and asks for it all the time. I like to pair it with roasted asparagus

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