Herby salmon & couscous parcels

Herby salmon & couscous parcels

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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)

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

Amazing mid week meal, looks fabulous too.

devaodoherty's picture

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

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

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

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

rosewhelan's picture

I made this for dinner tonight it was delicious! I didnt have lemon couscous so squeezed in some lemon juice and added some crushed garlic as recommended by @Hannah, added some chillis too. I put the finished dish on a bed of wilted spinach and served with broccoli. Fab!!

lmillington's picture

Just made the chicken version of this. Wanted very quick tea and the full thing was done and eaten in less than 20 mins! Just used a bag of Ainsley Harriot Lemon, Parlsey & Mint Cous Cous, added a bit of fresh mint and parsley and a tiny bit of rosemary. Only had asparagus and cherry toms so halved these and chucked in. Piled the raw sliced chicken on top, 5 mins in the microwave and it was ready. Was very skeptical of using micro to cook chicken as have never done this before but turned out very soft and tender and the whole thing was quite tasty.

dorothyd's picture

Excellent, very tasty and healthy. Used Ainsley Harriots mediterrean couscous, added bonus.

adgethebadge's picture

Lovely recipe! The salmon was so moist! Rather than buying flavoured couscous, i added the zest of 1 lemon and 1 crushed garlic clove to standard couscous with a knob of butter onstead of oil which i always thinks adds a subtle richness. Only reason i gave it four was becauce i found the spring onion a bit overpowering, but that may well just be personal taste. Overall, it was fantastic and will definitely now be part of my repertoire!

sandwij's picture

Delicious. I added lemon and garlic to plain couscous. I used flat parsley as my herbs. I like the idea of pine nuts and peppers. Cant wait to have this again.

irritable's picture

Very good, quick and easy, but agree with comments that it can be salty with stock and pre-flavoured couscous. Next time I'll use water and not stock (per couscous packet instructions.) I served with spinach and crusty bread and a chilled chardonnay and thoroughly enjoyed.

jayeloves's picture

I didn't have any tomatoes so added half a diced red pepper instead. I also just used dried mixed herbs and plain couscous I already had in the cupboard. This turned out great and you can make it your own dish by adding pretty much anything you want :)

alfie01's picture

Very easy for a mid week meal and very tasty

fairystoryteller's picture

Smashing recipe, loved by my two teenage daughters and fish phobic husband. I couldn't get sunblush tomatoes so used the sundried ones in oil. I used 2 packets of lemon and coriander couscous from Sainsburys (obviously I doubled the recipe to feed the four of us) and chose fresh parsley and tarragon which worked really well. Will definitely make this again and it will make a regular appearance on our dinner table. Quick, easy, tasty and healthy. Just right for a weekday supper.

reenyn's picture

My husband and I thought this dish was delicious and very easy. We changed it somewhat and had it with white fish, rather than salmon, black olives, and used fresh vine ripened tomatoes instead of sun blushed. One thing about the cooking paper: it flaked in the roasting and fell into the food when we tried to open it. I used tinfoil second time around - much easier.


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