Salmon with olives & runner beans in foil parcels

If you’d suggested to my younger self that I’d grow up to be someone who would wax lyrical about a bean slicer, I’d never have believed you. And yet here I am, totally in thrall to this genius bit of kitchen kit.

I’m not typically a fan of single-action gadgets – it’s often easier to use a knife/spoon/other general utensil than dig out the avocado peeler or the garlic mincer. But the bean slicer is different. It may look like a pocket torture device designed to efficiently separate you from your fingertips, but it is actually an elegant tool that quickly and easily de-strings runner beans while simultaneously slicing them lengthwise into delicious vegetable noodles. Not only is it quicker than using a knife, the end results are far superior too.

sliced runner beans

So, what to do with our freshly sliced runner beans? We also had some salmon, and a few kalamata olives. Not feeling in the mood for a lot of washing up, I decided to cook the whole lot together, and prepared some neat foil parcels containing a layer of sliced beans, salmon, fennel seeds, and pitted olives on the top. Baked in the oven and Bob’s your uncle!

This is a lovely dinner as is, but you can serve some buttered new potatoes alongside if you want some extra carbs. We did. Yum. You can also make the foil parcels earlier in the day, and then pop them into the oven when you’re ready to eat. A wonderfully effortless mealtime.

Treat yourself to a bean slicer though. They’re brilliant.

A delicious salmon dinner! Salmon fillets are baked in individual foil parcels with black olives & sliced runner beans for a flavour-packed, healthy meal. Quick, tasty & nutritious!

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Salmon with olives & runner beans in foil parcels
Serves 3
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
12 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
12 min
Total Time
25 min
598 calories
1 g
195 g
29 g
79 g
4 g
328 g
481 g
0 g
0 g
15 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 598
Calories from Fat 256
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 29g
Saturated Fat 4g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Cholesterol 195mg
Sodium 481mg
Total Carbohydrates 1g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 0g
Protein 79g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 200-250g runner beans
  2. 1-2 tbsp olive oil
  3. 3 skinless salmon fillets
  4. 1-2 tsp fennel seeds
  5. 6 pitted kalamata olives
  1. Using a bean slicer or a sharp knife, top and tail the beans and de-string them. Cut lengthwise into 5-6mm strips.
  2. Cut a square of aluminium foil and brush a little olive oil over the centre. Place one third of the beans on the foil.
  3. Top the beans with a salmon fillet, and sprinkle over a third of the fennel seeds.
  4. Halve the olives and place four halves on top of the salmon.
  5. Bring up the sides of the foil and fold together to seal. Fold over the ends to form a parcel. Place on a baking sheet.
  6. Repeat with the remaining ingredients to make two more foil parcels.
  7. Preheat the oven to 185C. Bake the parcels for 12-15 minutes.
  8. Remove from the oven, open the foil parcels and serve!
This dish would make a wonderful Pesach dinner! There are plenty more terrific Pesach recipes in my book – Helen’s Delicious Pesach. Buy it on or, or get the ebook for iPad, or pdf, from 

A delicious salmon dinner! Salmon fillets are baked in individual foil parcels with black olives & sliced runner beans for a flavour-packed, healthy meal. Quick, tasty & nutritious!

I’m linking this up with CookBlogShare, hosted this week by SneakyVeg.



  1. This dish sounds like a perfect meal for us! The kids love olives so would really enjoy them with the salmon. Thank you for sharing with #CookBlogShare x

  2. I’ve never tried a bean slicer but I love that with this recipe you can prepare it all earlier in the day then just put it in the oven later.

  3. My mum had one of those bean slicers when I was growing up, must get myself one. This is a great recipe, and I love how it’s all cooked together so minimal washing up to be done. #CookBlogShare

  4. We are huge fans of Scottish Salmon and this is a perfect recipe, love the addition of olives. I never even knew such a thing as a bean slicer existed! Must investigate.

  5. One of the things I love about salmon is how simple it is to cook. I like the sound of the olives with it.

    • We love olives with everything! They’re lovely with salmon because the slightly acidic saltiness cuts through the oiliness of the fish. Delicious!

  6. I have a feeling I’d injure myself with a bean slicer, but it sounds like it makes slicing runner beans much quicker! Lovely simple recipe 🙂

    • It’s actually surprisingly hard to injure yourself – I’ve only managed it once, and that’s because I was an idiot and poked my finger into it!

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