19.3.08

Herb Couscous with Salmon



Salmon is a regular in my kitchen. It's healthy, versatile and tasty. The fish quality is crucial to the outcome - this (wonderful and pricey) fresh salmon was so much better than any other that I ever had that I immediately forgot how expensive it had been. My often trips to the market are usually completed by my mum in law's supplies from a brilliant fisherman across the street from her place. I never choose exactly what I want and he always knows what to send. When the fish arrived, I've planned to make the salmon fillets for lunch, simply sautee in a little olive oil with couscous. So I went fishing for a different couscous recipe to go along my fish. Jamie's Dinners (that didn't have my attention for a long time) had this salmon with couscous that looked delicious. But then I didn't have most of the ingredients: no courgette or asparagus... Oh well, I've done it my way with what was available. It was served with a rocket salad with a hint of balsamic vinegar.

Herb Couscous with Salmon

Serves 2

2 fresh salmon fillets, boneless (about 200 grs each)
2 Tbsp olive oil
100 grs couscous
3 riped tomatoes, cubed
1/2 lemon juice
1 tsp oregano
1 garlic glove, finely chopped
1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves, roughly chopped
salt and pepper to taste

In a bowl, put the couscous and add enough boiling water to cover. Set aside. Allow to hydrate for 5 minutes. In a thick-bottom saucepan, heat oil. Sautee salmon fillets for 2-3 minutes, each side. Add salt and pepper to taste. Remove from the pan to a heated plate. Add the tomatoes, the chopped garlic and the oregano, and let it sautee for a minute. Mix in the couscous (previously removed from the bowl with a fork), stirring to combine whilst adding the lemon juice. If necessary, add a pinch of salt. Remove from the heat, add chopped cilantro. Return salmon fillets to the saucepan, on top of the couscous. Cover for 2 minutes to allow flavours to seat together.



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8 comments:

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

I love couscous and I love salmon - so naturally I LOVE this meal! :)

Pixie said...

It's so important to buy salmon fresh and sometimes you do have to pay the price but it is worth it. Love cous cous too- great photos.

David said...

This is so reminiscent of a dish I love to make but the difference is as follows.
I make up the couscous (adding herbs and, my personal foible, chopped peppadew peppers).
I then put a pile of the couscous mixture on a piece of baking parchment, place the salmon fillet on top, season and drizzle with olive oil. Then I fold the parchment over and seal the edges and cook at 190C for 15 to 20 minutes.
En papillote is the term I believe!

Gretchen Noelle said...

I do love my occasional salmon. This looks delicious!!

Aran said...

Hi Suzana! It's lunch time here and I was thinking about what to make. This would be perfect right now! Too bad you live an ocean away or I'd be at your door step!

Sylvie said...

I like to have salmon with couscous. Looks like yours is a great version.

Cakelaw said...

This looks lovely, especially the cous cous. I'll have to revisit Jamies Dinners myself!

Maryann said...

Your couscous looks amazing,Suzana :)