Herby salmon & couscous parcels

Herby salmon & couscous parcels

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(135 ratings)

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


  • 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 fillets, 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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Che Guevaraa's picture
Che Guevaraa
30th Jun, 2020
This was lovely... the salmon cooks up absolutely perfect. The couscous is really tasty
Helen Blundell's picture
Helen Blundell
23rd May, 2020
Bored of my usual attempt to make salmon fillets more interesting, I tried this and it has gone down so well with the family! It’s a good looking and really flavourful recipe. Will definitely be serving this regularly from now on.
11th Jan, 2020
One of the only recipes I've given 5 stars to. Absolutely delicious, quick to make and not much washing up. Can't fault it in any way!
amp1043's picture
25th Jul, 2018
Very easy, very tasty and very versatile. Like the idea of trying it with chicken too.
koolk_2009's picture
30th Oct, 2017
This was delicious and so easy. I loved the addition of sun dried tomatoes, I used plain cous cous with added lemon zest and garlic and used parsley and tarragon.
12th Apr, 2017
This was delicious, and surprisingly very filling. I added fried garlic and mushrooms and served with grilled tomatoes. The tomatoes and mushrooms needed to be used up, I think you could add any leftover vegetables such as courgettes or corn. It was so easy and quick to prepare I will definitely make again.
13th Dec, 2016
Really enjoyed this easy-to-make recipe. Ideal for midweek and very little washing up! I used a packet of Sundried Tomato and Garlic couscous and, in addition to the listed ingredients, I used some diced red pepper and a few pine nuts. Will definitely cook again.
28th Apr, 2016
This is a good mid-week recipe that I'II definitely be repeating. The salmon came out really nicely cooked. I used plain cous cous, but with more stock that usual, and lemon juice. Also added black olives. I had basil and chives in - think any herbs would work really.
25th Jan, 2016
I made a few alterations by using plain couscous made with chicken stock & adding cajun seasoning. But cooking method was kept the same & it's a very quick, easy, healthy dinner.
SJMEOW's picture
5th Jan, 2016
Love this delicious recipe! I added finely sliced, lightly fried onions and courgettes to the couscous before baking, and that added some heartiness to a light-ish dinner :)


4th Dec, 2014
I do not see for how many person are those ingredients? 2?
goodfoodteam's picture
5th Dec, 2014
Well spotted kolma46 and yes you're absolutely right, this dish serves 2. 
8th Dec, 2014
Thanks. Please let me know what is lemon garlic couscous? I guess prepared mix? Can I make it with addition lemon and garlic with plain couscous?
goodfoodteam's picture
8th Dec, 2014
Hi kolma46 lemon garlic couscous is a prepared mix but you could try adding the grated zest of 1 lemon and a clove of garlic, crushed to 110g plain couscous for a similar result.
9th Dec, 2014
Thank you very much!
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