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Salmon brochettes with saffron cous cous and cumin spiced salsa

Salmon skewers seasoned with smoked paprika served with saffron cous cous and a coriander and basil salsa.

Recipe rating: (12 votes)

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Ingredients (To serve 6)

  • Salmon steak(s) 150g 6 whole
  • Fine salt 6 pinch(es)
  • Smoked paprika 10 g
  • Olive oil 30 ml

For the vinaigrette

  • Fresh coriander 0.25 bunch
  • Basil 0.25 bunch
  • Red chilli(s) 1 whole
  • Olive oil 100 ml
  • Lemon(s) 1 whole
  • Garlic clove(s) 1 bulb
  • Ground cumin 10 g
  • Fine salt 6 pinch(es)

For the garnish(es)

  • Couscous 150 g
  • Water 250 ml
  • Fine salt 6 pinch(es)
  • Saffron thread(s) 2 pinch(es)
  • Olive oil 30 ml
  • Freshly ground black pepper 6 Turn
  • Spring onion(s) 3 whole

Chef's tip

"The salmon in this dish can easily be replaced with prawns or white fish like cod or monkfish."


Cut the salmon into dice. Mix with the olive oil, salt and smoked paprika. Feed the salmon pieces onto skewers.

Finley dice the red chilli. Finely slice the spring onion and zest the lemon.

Finely dice the garlic and chop the leaves of the basil and the coriander. Mix these ingredients in a bowl with the chilli, ground cumin, olive oil and lemon zest and juice . Season with salt.

For the cous cous: Place the cous cous in a bowl with the salt, pepper, olive oil and saffron threads. Mix with a fork. Bring the water to the boil and pour on top of the cous cous. Cover the bowl with cling film and allow to cook for 10 minutes. When cooked, break the cous cous up with a fork and make sure you have no lumps. Add the spring onion and check the seasoning.

Heat a frying pan until hot and cook the salmon brochettes for a minute on each side. The salmon should be pink in the middle. Cook for longer if necessary.

To serve: Fill a stainless steel ring with cous cous. Place the brochettes on top and finish the plate with a drizzle of the salsa.

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Comment from NIKI

It was great to be in a professional kitchen with a Chef..I found the recipe quite easy..but enjoyable!! Although I didn't manage to ask the Chef one question: How do you get the timing right on the fish without overcook it? Thank you very much!!