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)

nicdee1980's picture

This is a firm favourite in our house, love it with a lemon wedge!

skag181's picture

Nice and very easy

miss_justine's picture

yummy, made an extra portion and had it cold for lunch the next day

ahteem's picture

So simple and tasty I'll definitely be making this again. I did prepare twice as much couscous as suggested though as I felt that one pack between two people wouldn't have been enough, but then again I didn't prepare any veg or salad to go on the side. Just a warning that this can get quite salty depending on the kind of stock and pre-flavoured couscous used so you might like to go easy on the salt when it comes to seasoning the meat.

bayleaf1963's picture

Try this for tea tonight absolutely lovely, will make again and again.

oonaghe's picture

Yum, really quick and easy.

mariabernadette's picture

This is a good recipe. I used mint parsley and lemon flavoured couscous, with extra mint from the garden. I also splashed a bit of wine on the salmon before folding up the bags, and was glad I did, because the couscous was slightly dry.

The fish was cooked to perfection. Followed recommendation above to serve with yoghurt mixed with garlic, fresh mint and cucumber. Really really good.

lucyirish's picture

I cooked this for my friend and she thought it was one of the nicest salmon dishes ever! So easy and very impressive when you serve!

deborahadawson's picture

Very quick and easy to make. Used plain couscous and added my own lemon and garlic. Very tasty way to cook salmon.

mta02saa's picture

great taste, really quick to put together and even easier to clean up after - a perfect weekday evening meal

alines's picture

This dish needs to be cooked for longer to ensure the salmon is cooked through more like 25 minutes.

lucfrancois's picture

A firm favourite in our house - loved by all

s4mth3m4n2k9's picture

Stunning my fav salmon dish by far.
Will make again but with peppers instead of tomatoes.

partyprincess's picture

This recipe is so easy to prepare. Healthy and delicious too!

janerollinson's picture

Really nice mid-week meal. I used plain wholemeal couscous and used veg stock and added a squeeze of lemon and a crushed clove of garlic. Herb-wise I had thyme, oregano & parsley in the garden and it worked well. The salmon took a little longer than stated but our fillets were quite thick. My 5 year old son loved the novelty of having "dinner in a bag"!

wendie2040's picture

This was probably the easiest and tastiest dinner ive ever made !!didnt have any tomatoes but will definately be making again so will add some next time and think i might put some asparagus in the parcels for some extra vedge! yum

eamward's picture

I liked the sound of this but had none of the ingredients! Instead I used bulghur wheat soaked in stock and the juice of an orange, and mixed in some sauteed sliced leeks and halved cherry tomatoes. I put fresh trout fillets on top and baked as directed. A couple of minutes less in the oven would have been perfect. Served with green beans and it was delicious.

peejay13's picture

Really delicious, and so easy. I didn't like the look of the paper bad though so took it out to serve. Will definately make again!

squeak191's picture

If you're cooking for one, as I was, make the cous-cous recipe as is, then use half with the salmon parcel and keep the other half to have the next night (perhaps with chicken this time) - or have it for lunch the next day with some roasted veg. I used lemon zest & juice, plus a chopped garlic clove to flavour my cous-cous and that was lovely. Super easy and lovely meal for mid-week dinner. Highly recommended!


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