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This salmon and asparagus pasta is simple to make, and you will love the lemony garlic cream sauce. Ready in about 30 minutes!

close-up in a copper skillet of creamy salmon and asparagus pasta

This is a creamy pasta, but it’s not too heavy. The sauce isn’t too thick, and the lemon and asparagus really brighten it up. This is the perfect meal for warmer weather. Enjoy it with a glass of chardonnay! 

This recipe is pretty straightforward to make. You cook the salmon for a few minutes on either side until it’s got a nice sear (more flavor), and then take it out of the pan, cook the asparagus, and make the sauce. Add the salmon back in, break it up with your spoon, and let it finish cooking through. Toss it with your favorite pasta (I used spaghetti but whatever you’ve got on hand will work just fine) and voila! 

If you love salmon and pasta, try my Salmon Pesto Pasta or this Creamy Lemon and Fresh Tomato Salmon Pasta.

salmon being seared in a skillet for asparagus and salmon pasta

Recipe notes & tips:

  • If the salmon is sticking to the pan while you’re searing it when you go to flip it or take it out of the pan, cook it for a little longer until it naturally releases. 
  • You can buy salmon with the skin on or already taken off. If you bought salmon with the skin on and don’t want to eat it, you can simply peel it off after you’ve done the searing step… it’ll slide right off.  
  • I use my handy Microplane zester/grater to easily zest the lemon.
  • I always keep a wedge of parmesan cheese in my fridge. It’s easy to grate it as needed (it also melts better when you grate your own) and just tastes so much better and fresher than the pre-grated stuff.
  • Asparagus cooking time can vary depending on its thickness, so keep that in mind and adjust accordingly.
  • I don’t recommend subbing the cream for milk or half-and-half – there’s a good chance the citrus will curdle the sauce.

Other asparagus recipes to try:

close-up of the sauce for creamy salmon asparagus pasta

Questions about this lemon garlic salmon asparagus pasta? Ask me in the comments below. As always, tag me #saltandlavender on Instagram if you’ve made one of my recipes so I can see it! 🙂

close-up in a copper skillet of creamy salmon and asparagus pasta
4.95 from 19 votes

Creamy Salmon and Asparagus Pasta

This salmon and asparagus pasta is simple to make, and you will love the lemony garlic cream sauce. Ready in about 30 minutes!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 8 ounces uncooked pasta
  • 1 bunch asparagus ends trimmed
  • 1 pound fresh salmon
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice + zest from 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 cup heavy/whipping cream


  • Boil a salted pot of water for your pasta. Cook it al dente according to package directions.
  • Meanwhile, trim your asparagus (I cut about 1.5" of the ends off while the asparagus is still tied up in a bunch to make it easy). Cut it into smaller pieces. Prep your other ingredients and sprinkle the salmon with salt & pepper and the Italian seasoning.
  • Add the butter and oil to a skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the salmon for 3 minutes/side and then take it out of the pan and set it aside.
  • Add the asparagus to the skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes (3 minutes if it's on the thicker side or you like it softer).
  • Stir in the garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
  • Add the lemon juice + zest, cream, and parmesan to the pan. Give it a good stir then add the salmon back. Break it up into smaller pieces with your spoon. Cook the sauce for another few minutes until the salmon is fully cooked through, the asparagus is tender, and the sauce has reduced a bit. The sauce is not meant to be very thick in this recipe. Toss the sauce with the drained pasta and serve immediately.


  • I used a small to average bunch of asparagus (around 1 pound) that had standard thickness asparagus (not the super thin or super thick ones you sometimes see). If you asparagus is thinner or thicker, you may want to adjust cooking time.
  • Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Salt & Lavender makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.


Calories: 657kcal, Carbohydrates: 48g, Protein: 38g, Fat: 35g, Saturated Fat: 16g, Cholesterol: 142mg, Sodium: 289mg, Potassium: 912mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 1540IU, Vitamin C: 7mg, Calcium: 218mg, Iron: 4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Elizabeth says:

    5 stars
    I made this tonight for dinner. It was a delightful combination of flavors. Thank you for a delicious meal that was simple & quick to make mid-week.

    1. Natasha says:

      You’re welcome!! I’m so pleased you enjoyed it, Elizabeth. Thanks for your review!

  2. Ki says:

    5 stars
    Just tried this. Was wonderful with a glass of red wine (maybe I should have done white, but I am happy). Thank you!

    1. Natasha says:

      I’m so happy you enjoyed it!! It’s all good. 😀

  3. Nabeela Malik says:

    Thank you, I did end up thawing it!

    1. Natasha says:

      You’re welcome!

  4. Nebz says:

    I’m looking forward to trying this! I have frozen salmon so when I put that in the pan do I put any seasoning on it or just cook the salmon and all the seasoning will come later when putting the other ingredients in?

    1. Natasha says:

      Hi! I would thaw the salmon first.

  5. Norman Scott Trimble says:

    what about substituting sour cream in for whipping cream?

    1. Natasha says:

      You can try. There’s a chance it’ll curdle, so just make sure the pan isn’t super hot.

  6. Diana - Cue.Ecuador says:

    Delicious! I did the pasta process because I had already devised the baked salmon with sesame seeds before, but the cream, lemon and garlic, excellent combination! thanks.

    1. Natasha says:

      So glad you liked it!

  7. Kyle Alexander says:

    OMG I just made this,& it is divine, very simple but fantastic I also went over board with seasoning because I love an abundance of flavors .

    1. Natasha says:

      I am so happy you enjoyed it!! Lol I tend to go overboard on salt myself… it’s all good! 😉

  8. Tracy says:

    I made grilled salmon and asparagus last night. This is perfect dinner for the left overs! Can’t wait to enjoy with a glass of wine 🙂

    1. Natasha says:

      Ooh yes!! That sounds good to me! 🙂

  9. Barbara says:

    5 stars
    I made this last night and it was so good and perfect for a very warm summer night. We were getting tired of the bbq and it was just perfect.

    1. Natasha says:

      I am so happy to hear that, Barbara!! Thanks for leaving me a comment. 🙂

  10. Julia Barker says:

    I am lactose intolerant. Could I use a lactose free half & half instead of the heavy whipping cream, and skip the parmesan cheese? Or do you think that would defeat the point? Thanks!

    1. Natasha says:

      Hi! Hmmm.. this isn’t a super thick sauce, so you could give it a try if you’ve used lactose free half-and-half before. I wouldn’t suggest it for most of my recipes, but with this one it may work. I also heard that Silk makes a dairy-free whipping cream… I wonder if that would work?