Spice & honey salmon with couscous

Spice & honey salmon with couscous

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Cooking time

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 15 mins Plus 10 mins marinating

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 2

The fish doesn't need to marinate for long to take on all the Moroccan flavours in this dish

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Dairy-free
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
506
protein
34g
carbs
47g
fat
22g
saturates
4g
fibre
1g
sugar
8g
salt
0.21g

Ingredients

  • 2 lemons
  • 2 tsp ras-el-hanout spice (we used Bart - or see Know-how, below)
  • 1 large or 2 small garlic cloves, crushed
  • bunch spring onions, thinly sliced
  • 3 tsp olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
  • 2 boneless, skinless salmon fillets
  • 140g couscous
  • 2 tsp clear honey
  • handful mint, leaves finely sliced

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Method

  1. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Zest and juice 1 lemon, then mix the zest and ½ the juice with the spice, garlic, ½ the spring onions and 2 tsp oil. Season well. Put the salmon into a shallow dish, spoon over the marinade, then leave for 10 mins to let the flavours mingle.
  2. Meanwhile, put the couscous in a large bowl. Tip in the remaining lemon juice and oil, spring onions and 150ml boiling water, then cover and leave to stand.
  3. Lift the salmon onto a foil-lined baking tray, spoon over any leftover marinade, then roast for 15 mins. With 5 mins to go, pull out the baking tray and spoon 1 tsp clear honey over each fillet.
  4. Add the mint to the couscous and fluff it up with a fork. Serve the salmon with the couscous, spoon over the juices from the baking tray and add lemon wedges.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, April 2009

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Michele@sceniclighting.com's picture

I cooked this last night for the first time but made a couple of changes. To the salmon sauce, I added some tomato purée, a small amount of ketchup, 2 small drops of golden syrup and half a fresh chilli plus salt and pepper. I then left the salmon to marinade in the sauce for about 4 hours. I used a veg stock cube with the couscous and lemon and just steamed that without the onion etc, when it was ready I added some thinly sliced red pepper along with the onion and mint, I melted some butter in a saucepan and then added the couscous and veg just to cook for a couple of minutes. It turned out delicious, my husband said he would quite happily pay £20 to get the same in a restaurant - high praise indeed

kateclayton's picture

I thought this might be bland or too dry, but it wasn't at all - I added some lemon rind, a chicken oxo cube and sone chick peas to the couscous to give it a bit more 'oomph'. Will definitely make again.

emmawemma's picture
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I really like this dish. As previous reviews have said, this is lovely and warming, but does need more honey to make a nice amount of sauce. When I cook this again I will also slice the spring onions as I didn't like them all stringy. I made this with basmati rice rather than couscous, but will try it with the latter next time.

hollywoozle's picture
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I can't even begin to explain how much I love this recipe! The salmon is just so delicious! It's definitely one of my absolute favourites.

pasta_queen's picture

My 3rd time cooking this dish, its absolutely stunning and so simple to make!

pasta_queen's picture

My 3rd time cooking this dish, its absolutely stunning and so simple to make!

cara_caz's picture
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I thought this was delicious. Used a tandoori spice mix rather than the one suggested as it was all I had but it worked perfectly.
Easy, healthy and great for a mid-week meal or casual entertaining.

belsey's picture
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I really did not like this recipe at all. Maybe it was the mix of the spices, I found it all a bit too busy, although I normally enjoy food with a middle eastern flavour. I think there are other far tastier salmon recipes on the website.

laurabostock's picture
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This is my husband's favorite, I have made this dish about 20 times and I have even made it wrapped it in tin foil and put it on the BBQ in the summer months. Everyone I have ever had round for a meal have all adored the dish!! Highly recommend it.

annettej's picture
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Lovely midweek meal but served with wild rice and mint

philinbrighton's picture
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This was nice enough. really quick and very low fat if you leave the oil out. I think it could have used a little more honey but maybe that's because i didn't use the oil and the lemon needed diluting a bit. I think a bit of ginger in the marinade would have been nice too.

ashpool's picture
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I used the salmon only from this dish. definately left the marinate on for a lot longer for a fuller flavour.I added some extra cumin and cinnamon to the ras-el-hanout. adding a tablespoon of honey near the end of the cooking whilst under the grill (or on a bbq!) gives it a fantastic glaze. one to try.

melhizz's picture
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Very simple to make and very quick, I found it an ideal mid-week supper. I substituted the garlic and lemon for morrocan spices and sunflower seeds, and it was absolutely delicious

budgetmummy's picture
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I love this recipe. Great one for entertaining as you don't spend long in the kitchen! Zesty and light. I even made an extra one and broke up the Salmon for a cous cous and salmon salad for lunch the next day. A firm fav!

mimi204's picture
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I enjoyed this but then again I love warm, spicy, middle eastern food and i'm not a big fan of sauces. I thought this was terrfic as i find salmon a little rich and oily on it's own.

bunzle's picture
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maybe i should say i made it tonight, for the third time.. lol

bunzle's picture
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i made this for the third time tonight and have to say it's become a firm favorite. i'm quite generous with the honey infact i use like 3 or 4 tablespoons over the salmon and it almost gives it a lovely sweet and spicy sauce. excellent!

Lovely72's picture
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Easy to make and pleasant enough but nothing fantastic. Would prob do again for a change but not regularly. Maybe nicer with rice instead and a bit more sauce??

If you like this sort of thing then a really nice recipe on here is Herby Salmon & Couscous Parcels - yum!

helenkeenan's picture
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The hint of heat from the spices complemented the salmon well. I prepared the couscous as I normally do and added stock and lemon juice rather than plain water.

hamishmum's picture
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This was ok, easy to do but wouldn't do it again as i prefer other salmon recipes

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