This easy weeknight Creamy Smoked Salmon Pasta is a quick, delectable dish. With only a few ingredients, such as smoked salmon, shallots, garlic, heavy cream, lemon, and fettucini, it’s ready in less than 30 minutes. Our elegant dish requires little effort and will impress family and guests.

Creamy salmon pasta in a plate with dill.

Why you will like this recipe

  • Smoked salmon with creamy sauce is a classic combination that guarantees a flavor-packed restaurant-worthy dish.
  • It is a versatile recipe, Swap the smoked salmon with smoked trout or your favorite smoked fish, and make it dairy-free with coconut milk.
  • The whole dish is ready in under 30 minutes, including prep.

Ingredients for smoked salmon pasta

Fettuccini pasta, heavy cream, butter, olive oil, dill, smoked salmon, lemon and salt and pepper.
  • Salmon—Here, we use whole smoked salmon filets with a pepper crust. The black pepper crust is optional. This sauce also works well with cold, sliced smoked salmon lox. A good substitute is smoked trout.
  • Lemon—For the juice and zest.
  • Shallot—The delicate flavor of shallots suits the salmon perfectly. Half a white onion, small diced, or one-quarter of a leek, thinly sliced, can be good substitutes.
  • Garlic— Most dishes benefit from a little zingy garlic flavor!
  • Heavy Cream—We love the richness of heavy cream. To make it lighter, use half and half or coconut milk.
  • Pasta—We use fettucini here, but linguine pasta would also be terrific because it has a long, flat shape that allows the creamy sauce to flow. Having said that, you may substitute with whatever is available in your pantry, this sauce is versatile and will work well with whatever you have, even orzo.
  • Butter and extra virgin olive oil—A teaspoon of olive oil combined with the milk solids in the butter allows you to saute the shallots at a higher temperature without burning them. 
  • Fresh Dill—The lightly grassy dill aroma adds a fresh note and some color contrast. Substitute with a little bit of fresh parsley.

How to make creamy salmon pasta

Mince the shallot and garlic.

Bring a pot with salted water to a boil and cook the fettuccine until al dente.

Shallots and garlic saute in a skillet.

Place a skillet over medium-high heat and add a tablespoon of olive oil and a tablespoon of butter. Sauté the shallot and garlic until fragrant.

Pour the heavy cream, lemon juice, lemon zest, and a generous amount of freshly ground pepper. Stir and simmer over low heat for two minutes.

Creamy salmon sauce in a skillet.

Flake the salmon and add it to the skillet. Stir and simmer for one minute.

Fettuccini on top of creamy sauce in a skillet.

Transfer the fettuccine to the skillet with tongs. It is ok if some pasta water transfers as well. Stir and allow the sauce to cover the pasta.

Creamy salmon pasta in a skillet.

Serve the salmon pasta in bowls with lemon zest and freshly ground pepper.

Creamy salmon pasta in a plate with dill.

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Creamy Salmon Pasta

This easy weeknight Creamy Smoked Salmon Pasta has few ingredients and is ready in less than 30 minutes.
Servings: 4
Author: by Jenny | Miss Cookalot
Creamy salmon pasta in a plate with dill.
Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:20 minutes
Calories: 557kcal

Ingredients

  • ½ shallot minced
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive Oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 lemon juiced and zested
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • 8 oz smoked Salmon Filet
  • 10 oz fetuccini

Instructions

  • Mince the shallot and garlic.
  • Bring a pot with salted water to a boil and cook the fettuccine until al dente.
  • Place a skillet over medium-high heat and add a tablespoon of olive oil and a tablespoon of butter. Sauté the shallot and garlic until fragrant.
  • Pour in the heavy cream, the lemon juice, the lemon zest and a generous amount of freshly ground pepper. Stir and simmer over low heat for two minutes.
  • Flake the salmon and add it to the skillet. Stir and simmer for one minute.
  • Transfer the fettuccine to the skillet with tongs. It is ok if some pasta water transfers as well. Stir and allow the sauce to cover the pasta.
  • Serve the salmon pasta in bowls with lemon zest and freshly ground pepper.

Nutrition

Calories: 557kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 131mg | Sodium: 495mg | Potassium: 366mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 843IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 2mg

Notes

The nutritional analysis is only an estimate based on available ingredients and the recipe’s preparation. 
Creamy Smoked Salmon Pasta

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