Jamie Oliver's 15 Minute Meals: Crackin' Crab Briks with Couscous Salad & Salsa

These crunchy pastry parcels make an amazing lunch or a summery supper for four.

These crunchy pastry parcels make an amazing lunch or a summery supper for four

(Credit: David Loftus)

"This dish is inspired by a street food snack from Tunisia, known as briks. These crunchy pastry parcels are the business. I’m using a filling of tasty crab, mixed with fabulous North African flavours; spicy, lemony and unbelievably good. Served with a super simple tomato salsa and a fragrant couscous salad, topped with grated fennel and pops of pomegranate." - Jamie oliver

Crackin' Crab Briks with Couscous Salad & Salsa

By Jamie Oliver



  • 1–2 preserved lemons
  • 2 spring onions
  • ½ a bunch of fresh coriander
  • 400 g crabmeat (a mixture of brown and white meat)
  • 2 tsp harissa, plus extra to serve
  • 4 large sheets of filo pastry (from a 270 g pack)
  • Olive oil


  • ½ tsp caraway seeds
  • ½ a mug (150 g) of couscous
  • 2 tsp sun-dried tomato purée
  • ½ a bulb of fennel
  • ½ a bunch of fresh mint
  • 1 lemon
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pomegranate


  • 1 large ripe tomato
  • 1 thumb-sized piece of ginger
  • ½ a lemon

To serve:

  • Fat-free natural yogurt


Ingredients out • Kettle boiled • Large frying pan, medium heat • Food processor (coarse grater)

Start cooking:

Finely chop the preserved lemons, trimmed spring onions and coriander (stalks and all).

Mix in a bowl with the crabmeat and harissa.

Lay out a sheet of filo pastry, add ¼ of the mixture and shape into the size of a packet of playing cards at the centre of the bottom of the sheet, then push your thumb into the centre of the filling to make a space for it to expand as it cooks.

Fold in the sides, then fold them up.

Repeat until you have 4 briks.

Put 1 tablespoon of olive oil into the pan, then add the briks and cook until golden and crisp on both sides.

Add the caraway seeds to the side of the pan and toast for a minute, then scrape into a salad bowl.

Put ½ a mug of couscous, 1 mug of boiling water, the tomato purée and a pinch of salt into a bowl and cover.

Pick and reserve the fennel tops, then roughly chop and grate the bulb in the processor.

Tip into the salad bowl, then chop and add the top leafy half of the mint.

Squeeze in the lemon juice and drizzle with 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil.

Season to taste and toss everything together.

Finely grate the tomato and ginger into a little bowl.

Add a pinch of salt and pepper, a good squeeze of lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil and mix together.

Fluff up the couscous, then tip on to a platter.

Pile the salad in the middle, then bash the halved pomegranate over the top so the seeds tumble out.

Scatter over the reserved fennel tops, pop the crab briks on a board and serve with dollops of yogurt and the salsa.

Yield: Makes 4 servings

This recipe originally appeared on Jamie's 15 Minute Meals - Series 1: © 2012 Jamie Oliver. Visit or follow him at @jamieoliverPhotography by David Loftus Copyright © 2012.


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