Leeky salmon in a parcel

Leeky salmon in a parcel

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(47 ratings)

Ready in 15-20 minutes


Serves 2

Assemble the parcels a few hours ahead, zap in the microwave, and that's supper ready

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal535
  • fat41g
  • saturates19g
  • carbs8g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre3g
  • protein34g
  • salt0.41g
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  • 2 salmon fillets, 140g/5oz each



    With its delicate, sweet flesh and wide availability, salmon is one of the most popular fish.…

  • 1 medium or 2 small leeks, about 200g/8oz in total



    Like garlic and onion, leeks are a member of the allium family, but have their own distinct…

  • 50g frozen petits pois
  • 4 heaped tbsp crème fraîche, plus 2 tbsp to serve
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh tarragon



    A popular and versatile herb, tarragon has an intense flavour that's a unique mix of sweet…


  1. Season the salmon fillets all over. Slice the leeks really thinly. Cut two 40cm square sheets of greaseproof paper and put a fillet in the middle of each sheet.

  2. Top each fillet with leeks and peas, and 2 tbsp of crème fraîche. Sprinkle with tarragon and salt and pepper.

  3. Make up parcels with the paper and stand them on a microwave-proof plate or tray. Microwave on full power for 5 minutes. Put the contents of the parcels on two plates and top each serving with a spoonful of crème fraîche. Serve with new potatoes.

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HilaryPorritt's picture
2nd Jul, 2019
I cooked this in the microwave as the instructions said, fish and veg were cooked beautifully, flavor was great but the creme fraiche didn’t melt and make sauce- next time I’ll try adding wine or lemon, as others have suggested
14th Jun, 2019
Lovely and will definitely do it again. Similar to other comments I sauteed leeks with some butter and wine. I added carrot too. Cooked in oven, but for double the time - might be my oven? I also used half fat creme fraiche. I will add more wine or stock next time to make it more saucy.
5th Oct, 2017
Made this again this evening and used leeks, peas and courgettes. My 7 year old has declared this to be his favourite dinner. It is so easy that he can make his own which he loves doing, especially as he could make it for his friend too
4th May, 2017
We really enjoyed this. I cooked it in the oven not the microwave. Only thing was, the creme fraiche sat in a lump on top and didn't look very nice,but tasted fine.
20th Sep, 2016
I use half fat crème fraiche and fresh spinach too. I often cook fish in the microwave with perfect results. I cook 2 parcels for 4 minutes. Also cooked leeks before. Sometimes use wine instead of crème fraiche
Nicky Gumery 111
16th Apr, 2015
I used the microwave for this as instructed. I thought the dish was beautiful, full of flavour, the leeks were soft, the only thing I added was lemon. Great easy lunch for work, will definately do again, at work (on its own was enough) and home with new potatoes.
18th Feb, 2015
Perfect recipe for our motor homing weekends - by the time hubby had finished setting up, dinner was dished up, wine poured and Radio 4 on!
9th Oct, 2014
Based on previous comments I cooked the leeks in a little butter & white wine first & as suggested by a previous reviewer I added to the crème fraiche the juice & zest of a lemon & black pepper. As my daughter is not keen on peas, I only added a few, & to be honest, I don't think it needed them. But all in all the meal went down very well & I will certainly be making it again.
melcotterill@me.com's picture
10th Jan, 2013
Very easy and very tasty will make again
15th Aug, 2012
this is a great little recipe - light, creamy and tasty. I didn't have any leeks so used spring onions instead, and it worked well. I stirred in the juice and zest of a lemon, and lots of black pepper, into the creme fraiche before topping the salmon and I felt this really made the dish - without lemon I think it would be a bit bland. Cooked it in the oven for about 18 mins, wrapped in tin foil. Served with minted new pots and green veggies. Yum!


JennySweet's picture
22nd Aug, 2017
could you use frozen salmon for this?
goodfoodteam's picture
28th Aug, 2017
Thanks for your question. Yes, you can. We'd suggest defrosting the fillets first.
Nicky Gumery 111
15th Apr, 2015
Could you make this up in the morning for a lunch at work in the microwave? Even the frozen peas?
goodfoodteam's picture
24th Apr, 2015
Hi there, provided the parcel is kept in a cool bag on the way to work and stored in the fridge during the morning it should be absolutely fine to microwave at work. If your colleagues don’t mind the smell of cooked fish! 
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