Harissa salmon with zesty couscous

Harissa salmon with zesty couscous

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(18 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 2
This no-fuss fish supper is quick enough for midweek, and it's heart-healthy and low calorie too

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal467
  • fat23g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs30g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre2g
  • protein34g
  • salt0.2g


  • 2 skinless salmon fillets
  • zest and juice 1 orange



    One of the best-known citrus fruits, oranges aren't necessarily orange - some varieties are…

  • 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…

  • 1-2 tsp rose harissa (depending on how spicy you like it)



    This hot, aromatic paste made from chilli and assorted spices and herbs is spicy and…

  • 100g couscous



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

  • ¼ cucumber, finely diced
  • 1 small red onion, finely diced
  • small pack parsley, chopped, or ½ handful mint



    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…

  • 1 tbsp flaked almond, toasted (optional)


  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6 and arrange the salmon in a shallow ovenproof dish. Mix the orange juice with the oil and harissa, then pour over the salmon and bake for 10-12 mins until the fish flakes easily, but is still moist.

  2. Meanwhile, put the couscous in a pan with the orange zest, 200ml water and a sprinkling of salt. Heat until the water bubbles round the edges of the pan, then cover and turn off the heat. After 5 mins, tip the couscous into a bowl, add the cucumber, onion, parsley and almonds (if using) and toss together ready to serve with the salmon and spicy juices.

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30th Jun, 2020
Recipe I have been using for some months. We love this dish. Quick, easy and tasty. Printing a copy to pass to a friend.
16th Apr, 2020
This was a hit with everyone. My three year old enjoyed helping to make it and liked the flavours. I cooked the onion before adding it to the couscous and added a chopped red pepper for a bit of sweetness.
5th Sep, 2018
Made this last night the salmon itself was tasty but the couscous was bitter and inedible so I'd leave the zest out if you are going to give it a try. I had to throw it away and serve with quinoa instead. Also the salmon was uncooked at 12 mins which meant I served it up then had to put it back in the oven - so make sure to check and add extra time if needed. Mine needed 5-6 mins more.
25th Jan, 2018
The orange zest made the couscous so bitter it was inedible.
24th Feb, 2017
Really tasty. All the family enjoyed it. Used bulgar wheat instead of couscous.
3rd Oct, 2015
This dish is fabulous! Sooooo tasty and so quick and easy to make! I cooked the salmon for slightly longer than 12 mins and it was just right. From other people's comments it certainly seems versatile so I will be making this again and again!
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1st Jul, 2015
We added chickpeas to the couscous & plenty of harissa. Yummy!
Frantic Flapjack
30th Jun, 2015
Sorry. Didn't like this at all. Lovely ingredients but the end result was virtually tasteless and the salmon was uncooked after 12 minutes.
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20th May, 2015
Never mind supper. Served on a bed of couscous with a salad and made a delicious lunch. As there are only two of us I scaled the contents down a bit for the two of us and used a ready spiced couscous, delicious. Will be making this again especially as it took no time at all to prepare.
19th May, 2015
So delicious! The orange was so nice on the salmon and also made the couscous flavoursome and fresh. I changed a few bits because of what I had in the fridge- used spring onions instead and added tomatoes and some chopped up fried bacon which added a nice contrast to the salmon. Also used giant cous cous which was delicious and I think a bit more filling. Had leftovers for next day lunch and I think the flavour got even better. Will definitely make again!
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