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!
Seasonings - dried parsley, onion powder, smoked paprika, red pepper flakes, salt, and black pepper.
1 lb pappardelle or linguine
For the garlic sauce:
Butter and Olive oil
Seasonings: smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes
Freshly grated parmesan
How to make Creamy Salmon Pasta
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).
Season the salmon and drizzle with olive oil. Cook the salmon in the oven for 25 minutes.
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. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Remove from the heat and add lemon juice and parmesan. Stir and set aside.
Whether you're using pappardelle, linguini, or fettuccini, cook in salted water according to package instructions until al dente and drain. Add to cream sauce and toss together.
Once salmon is finish cooking, cut into pieces and combine the salmon with pasta and sauce.
What kind of salmon should i use?
For this salmon with pasta 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!
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.
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.
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 been 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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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!
Prep Time: 10mins
Cook Time: 24mins
9x13 baking sheet
½tspred pepper flakes
salt and pepper, to taste
1lbpappardelle or linguine
Creamy Garlic Sauce
Pinchred pepper flakes
½cupfreshly grated parmesan
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.