Salmon with Israeli couscous, lemon and wilted basil

    30 min

    This is a fantastically simple recipe that makes a lovely light summer main. Salmon fillets are simply baked and served atop a blend of Israeli couscous, garlic, wilted basil and lemon.


    Greater London, England, UK
    2 people made this

    Serves: 2 

    • 2 wild salmon fillets
    • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
    • 1 lemon, sliced
    • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
    • 200g Israeli couscous
    • 750ml boiling water
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 4 large cloves garlic, sliced
    • 2 (25g) packs fresh basil, leaves only
    • juice and zest of 1 lemon

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:30min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 200 C / Gas 6. Line a baking tray with aluminium foil. Place the fillets skin side down, sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste, then top with lemon slices.
    2. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until salmon flakes easily with a fork.
    3. Meanwhile, prepare the couscous: In a large saucepan, heat the 1/2 tablespoon olive oil over medium high heat. Add the couscous and toast till a light golden brown, about 3 minutes. Stir to prevent burning. Increase heat to high and add a pinch of salt and boiling water to cover. Boil for 8 to 12 minutes, until al dente. Drain and set aside.
    4. In a frying pan, heat the 1 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil together with the sliced garlic over medium high heat. Fry the garlic till lightly browned. Add the basil leaves (don't chop the leaves!) and lemon zest, and reduce the heat to medium low. Let the basil cook until just wilted.
    5. Add the cooked couscous to the garlic and basil in the frying pan. Stir to coat. Add the lemon juice. Taste and add salt and pepper as desired. Cook for a further minute, then remove from heat.
    6. To serve, divide the couscous between two plates and top each with a fillet of salmon.

    Israeli couscous

    Israeli couscous, also known as giant couscous, is larger than its more ubiquitous cousin. It's available in large supermarkets and online; a popular brand is Merchant Gourmet.


    If you're afraid of using too much basil, either reduce the amount or substitute half with spinach leaves instead.

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