Herby salmon & couscous parcels

Herby salmon & couscous parcels

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(126 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
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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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26th Feb, 2013
Really lovely, Salmon turned out perfectly. I added asparagus to the parcels 5 mins before the end, which worked well.
25th Feb, 2013
So quick and easy! I definitely feel like i'm doing my body good after a few days of heavy or rich meals. Absolutely gorgeous :) As soon as I have enough time to flavour my own couscouses- would make it even better
22nd Jan, 2013
I didn't think this was that great, the cous cous went all mushy!
17th Jan, 2013
The herbs I had available were parsley, oregano and chives. I had no sundried (or other) tomatoes, but did have some leftover artichokes from a jar of antipasto and some kalamata olives, so I sliced these into the couscous. I thought they worked well with the herbs I had. I'm a big citrus fan so I squeezed plenty of lemon over the finished dish, which I thought was tasty and filling.
14th Jan, 2013
Quick, tasty and healthy. Thank you very much!
7th Jan, 2013
Really easy to make and the fish was really well cooked and so tender. I made to the recipe but scooped out onto plates to serve as hubby didn't fancy eating his dinner out of the paper!! Very tasty and will def make again.
24th Dec, 2012
A very tasty, quick dinner.
22nd Nov, 2012
Excellent - really enjoyed this recipe. I made it for one, and used lemon juice, lemon zest and some sliced garlic to flavour the couscous. I opted for parsley and ground coriander for both the couscous and the salmon, and I put some slices of courgette on top of the cous cous which added veg and kept the cous cous nice and moist. Thoroughly recommend. (Did need 20 minutes, as people have written above). Also, I only had tinfoil, which worked just as well.
13th Nov, 2012
Made this last night, the salmon was delicious! Didn't have any lemon couscous so used a mediterranean flavour instead and served with roasted peppers, courgettes & red onion. Added to the favourites list, definitely one for making again.
30th Oct, 2012
Fantastic tasty meal. We used peppers in oil instead of the sun blushed tomatoes , great !


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