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The Best Creamy Salmon Pasta Recipe

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 24 mins
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This Creamy Salmon Pasta Recipe is loaded with flavor. With perfectly roasted salmon and a creamy garlic sauce, this simple recipe will make you feel like a 5-star chef! 

This pasta dish is perfect for a date night meal but is quick enough to make any day of the week! Enjoy with pappardelle or linguini and you've got a delicious meal on the table in 30 minutes!

salmon pasta on a plate with bread and sliced lemons

When I need to cook an easy and quick dinner, I always think of one thing - pasta! Specifically salmon and pasta recipes. Pasta is so versatile and works well with any kind of add-ins. For this salmon pasta recipe, it's creamy, easy to make, and absolutely delicious.

The salmon is cooked with lemon, seasonings, and red pepper flakes for a nice hint of spice and the garlic cream sauce is truly heavenly. It combines garlic, parmesan, fresh herbs, and heavy for a delightful experience for your tastebuds!

salmon pasta on a plate with lemon and a spoon next to the plate with fresh thyme

what kind of salmon should i use?

For this recipe, I prefer fresh, wild-caught, skinless salmon. I do recommend wild-caught as the flavor is better for this salmon pasta. You’re always welcome to use frozen salmon; just make sure to thaw it before cooking. For more information on how to choose the perfect salmon, check out this guide!

In addition, if you are having difficulty finding salmon at your local grocery store, you can try steelhead trout. It very closely resembles salmon and can be cooked the exact same way!

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how do i store creamy salmon pasta?

You can store this easy salmon pasta in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

how do i reheat creamy salmon pasta?

To reheat the salmon pasta, place leftovers in a pan on the stove and saute on medium heat until warm. I recommend adding a splash of cream, broth, or water to help thin the cold sauce.

can i freeze creamy salmon pasta?

I do not recommend freezing this salmon pasta recipe due to the cream-based sauce. The cream and the water will separate and will not reheat very well.

pasta dish with bread and lemons

how do you make creamy salmon pasta?

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Then prep the salmon by making slits across the fish and squeezing lemon juice and honey on top (this will cut the fish taste).
  2. Season the salmon and drizzle with olive oil. Bake for 25 minutes.
  3. While the salmon is baking, make the cream sauce by combining garlic and thyme in a large pot and sautéing in olive oil and butter. Then add heavy cream and seasonings and allow it to simmer for 5-8 minutes, until it becomes slightly thickened. Remove from the heat and add lemon juice and parmesan. Stir and set aside.
  4. Whether you're using pappardelle, linguini, or fettuccini, cook according to package instructions and drain. Add to cream sauce and toss together.
  5. Once salmon is finish cooking, cut into pieces and add to the pasta and sauce.

can i swap out salmon for another protein?

Of course! You can swap the salmon out for shrimp, chicken, or even Italian sausage! You could also leave out the protein and add vegetables or eat the pasta with a side salad - yum!

how do i know when salmon is done cooking?

It is critical to make sure that your salmon is cooked thoroughly. I recommend using a meat thermometer. The FDA recommends cooking salmon to the internal temperature of 145° F.

If you don't have a meat thermometer, you can tell that the salmon is done when it begins to become flaky and is no longer translucent when you cut into it.

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tips for making salmon pasta

  • If your salmon has pin bones, be sure to remove it prior to cooking! This will prevent accidentally poking yourself while chewing!
  • Be sure to not overcook the salmon. You will know when it's done when it begins to become flaky and the middle is no longer translucent.
  • Salt your pasta water by adding 2 tablespoons per pound of pasta. This simple step adds so much flavor to the pasta!
  • Try to avoid farm raised salmon if you can! Wild caught salmon that's never ben frozen is best and gives the freshest taste for this recipe!
  • I recommend using thicker, long noodles so that it holds the sauce well. Fettuccine, pappardelle (as pictured above), or linguine are all excellent options! However, you can use spaghetti too if that's what you have!
  • If you love a crispier salmon, broil the salmon for 2-4 minutes after it's fully cooked for a nice crispy top!
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The Best Creamy Salmon Pasta Recipe

This Creamy Salmon Pasta Recipe is loaded with flavor. With perfectly roasted salmon and a creamy garlic sauce, this simple recipe will make you feel like a 5-star chef! 
Serving: 8 servings
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 24 mins
Calories: 493kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ lbs salmon
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 lb pappardelle or linguine

Creamy Garlic Sauce

  • 2 tbsps 2 tbsp butter
  • Olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, diced
  • ½ onion , diced
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • ½ cup freshly grated parmesan
  • 1 tsp lemon zest

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place salmon on a baking sheet or 9x13 baking dish and make small slits in the salmon. Squeeze ½ lemon juice on top and then add a drizzle of honey. Combine parsley, onion powder, smoked paprika, red pepper flakes in a small bowl. Spoon together and pour on top of salmon. Season with salt and pepper. Drizzle olive oil on top and bake for 25 minutes.
  • While salmon is baking, add olive oil and butter to a skillet over medium heat. Add diced onion and saute for 3 minutes and then add garlic and thyme and continue to cook for 2-3 minutes, until fragrant.
  • Reduce heat to low and add heavy cream, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper and red pepper flakes. Cook until slightly thickened and remove from heat, about 5 minutes. Squeeze the other half of the lemon into the sauce and then add grated parmesan and lemon zest and stir. Set aside.
  • Cook noodles as per package instructions. Drain noodles add them to the garlic sauce. Toss around so that all noodles are coated. Add salmon to the pasta. Garnish with additional red pepper flakes and grated parmesan on top.

Nutrition

Calories: 493kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 138mg | Sodium: 133mg | Potassium: 624mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 765IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 97mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American

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  1. 5 stars
    The salmon was perfect, seasoned and had just enough kick to it but the pasta garlic sauce recipe needed more seasoning and cheese in my opinion! It was still really good though, we did enjoy it!

  2. 5 stars
    This salmon was a hit, I made it for a dinner party and made your bourbon smash with it too. You have such amazing recipes!

  3. 5 stars
    I'm so happy that I found this recipe. I was scrambling for something to make for dinner and found this online. I saw the beautiful pictures and wanted to eat my screen. I made it and it tasted even better than I expected. Creamy, garlicky, perfectly cooked salmon, and the red pepper gave it a nice kick. This recipe was the best!

  4. This recipe was so easy to make and really delicious. The salmon came out so flaky and tender and didn't taste fishy at all. Also, I loved the cream sauce with the noodles. I added a tiny bit more cheese and it was heavenly.

  5. 5 stars
    I don't usually comment on recipes but I just had to say that this recipe was delicious! I thought I couldn't cook but decided to make this for my girlfriend and we both loved it!! I can't wait to try more of your recipes. Thanks!

  6. 5 stars
    Best dinner ever! And so easy! I’m shocked because the salmon didn’t taste fishy and it wasn’t too sweet from the honey. The taste was so flavorful and the sauce was soooo gooood. Seriously the best pasta recipe!

  7. I am constantly preparing amazing meals for my family so I'm a tough critic and let me tell you all that this pasta is on the top of my list! It was creamy and that salmon was crispy and flaky. Amazing! 2 thumbs way up

  8. 5 stars
    Tried this for dinner tonight! Can’t wait until hubby gets home to taste it! It was fun to make!

  9. 5 stars
    This salmon pasta was so easy to make and sooooooo delicious! Loved the addition of honey onto the baked salmon. It's the perfect weeknight meal!

    • Thank you SO much Crystal! I'm so happy that you enjoyed this recipe!! Loved the social media commentary too, you're the best 🙂