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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31st Jul, 2012
Very filling and tasty!I had to make the couscous from scratch so i simply added lemon zest and freshly squeezed lemon juice as well as a crushed clove of garlic!I also grilled a tomato and a yellow pepper for colour.As I didn't have any other fresh herb other than parsley,I added dried thyme and mild chilli powder as well as some fresh chillies which added a nice spice to both my salmon and my couscous.After reading the other comments i also added a few drops of white wine.very easy to cook and delicious taste!!
13th Jul, 2012
Hi my family loved this. I made a harrisa version for my husband and I, and the lemon version for our children. Rather than prepare individual parcels, I lined roasting trays with paper, making large parcels and then served onto plates without the paper. I added a tray of roast veg in the oven and served with these and new pots . I will scale this up for our family meal for 15 this month!
27th Jun, 2012
Lovely. I seasoned my plain cous cous with lemon zest, juice and garlic and served with a salad. I think I would bulk up the veg next time (roasted peppers etc) instead of serving with a salad.
28th Apr, 2012
Lovely! Easy to make and loved the smokey salmon taste. Recommended!
20th Apr, 2012
Have made this twice and it is really easy and tasty. Didn't bother with flavoured couscous, too expensive and fresh lemon and garlic has more flavour.Used salmon steaks and cooked fish for 5 minutes longer.
13th Apr, 2012
Made parcels of salmon and of chicken, both fab! The chicken has no colour so not as attractive, will probably flash brown top of chicken next time to make it look more appetising. So quick, easy and hadly any washing up and everyone loved it!!!
8th Apr, 2012
Tried it and loved it!!! Thank you very much! P.S. I also added baby tomatoes which made the dish juicier!
2nd Apr, 2012
Amazing mid week meal, looks fabulous too.
17th Feb, 2012
I made this last night and thought it was just ok. I don't see the point of cooking the couscous and then putting it in the oven. I would have saved time if I'd have put the salmon in the oven at the same time as I was preparing the couscous. Also I thought the salmon was lacking something, it's just plain salmon with a few herbs on top. I served it with the chunky guacamole from this site and that really lifted the meal for me.
14th Feb, 2012
made this several time now - a very easy and quick weekday dinner, and also one that goes down very well at an informal dinner party. I've always followed this recipe exactly as I think it great - however I make the lemon and garlic couscous myself by adding zest and couple of teaspoons of juice and crushed garlic clove to the couscous.


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