Herby salmon & couscous parcels

Herby salmon & couscous parcels

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(134 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 15 mins


Easily doubled
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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 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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7th Dec, 2015
Delicious - have cooked this twice now and both times it has been cleared by myself, my husband, my 3 year old and my 7 month old. I use the Ainsley Harriott packets and just make then up with water as instructed on the packet. I have never had spring onions or sundried tomatoes at home, but I have fried up onion, pepper and mushroom first and added that to the couscous. First time, we just used one packet of couscous and had broccoli on the side as it didn't make much of a meal for my hungry husband, the second time I used two packets which was plenty for the four of us with veg added to the mix. Will definitely be adding to the midweek repertoire!
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8th Aug, 2015
I cook this in foil for 20 mins and dish up onto plates in the kitchen. Seriously easy but special! I like the suggestion from dal101 to try this with chicken - I can see that becoming a firm favourite.
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3rd Aug, 2015
Really yummy. It took a little longer as I made the couscous myself with chopped garlic, juice of a lemon and some sunflower seeds. I'll add olives next time along with the sundried tomatoes. The children are the lot. I served it with a carrot / beetroot salad in Apple cider vinegar with toasted seeds and sultanas. Delicious.
18th Feb, 2015
So far have only made this with chicken but it's become a favourite already. I buy the sundries tomatoes from the pick and mix at the supermarket and add olives any of the marinading oil to the couscous for extra flavour - YUMMY!!!
2nd Feb, 2015
Lovely recipe - I used Ainsley Harriot's Moroccon couscous which worked really well. I struggled to get the paper to stay in a parcel shape so might use tin foil next time. Will definitely make again!
30th Jan, 2015
Very fast and handy after work. Tasty
28th Dec, 2014
Truly awesome recipe. Could'nt find lemon and garlic couscous (in the Netherlands) so added some shortly baked garlic and lemon juice to the couscous instead. Combined it with some steamed spinach with a honey dressing (extremely simplified version of the honeyed winter salad ;)
22nd Nov, 2014
Easy. Used plain couscous and added lemon zest and garlic.
12th Oct, 2014
Yummy!! This is delicious, our new favourite for a healthy quick dinner.
5th Jun, 2014
Delicious and so easy to make


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