This lemon dill salmon pasta recipe makes an easy and elegant weeknight dinner. It's perfect for date night!
This salmon pasta with dill sauce is ready in only 20 minutes!
If you've got some fresh dill in your garden, this is the perfect recipe to try. This year I'm just growing basil and tomatoes (we have limited space), but herbs are plentiful in the summer, so they're easy enough to find at the grocery store. You can use fresh dill for plenty of things. I like to add it to salads, salad dressings, or even things like tuna salad.
I haven't tested this recipe with dried dill, but I would suggest starting with one teaspoon of dried dill and building your way up from there if you need more.
I used fettuccine for this recipe, but any shape pasta you have on-hand will work just fine.
Creamy dill sauce for salmon
This sauce is pretty simple. It has dill, garlic, heavy cream, butter, and lemon juice. Prior to cooking the salmon, I coat it in a bit of flour, which allows the sauce to thicken up. It's all cooked in one skillet, which makes it easy.
Salmon tip: I used a piece of fresh sockeye salmon that weighed around half a pound (anything around that size is fine). You can buy either skin-on or skin-off salmon. The skin is fine to eat, but some people prefer not to. If you buy a piece with the skin on but don’t want to eat it, you can peel the skin off on the step where you’ve taken the salmon out of the pan (it should peel off quite easily).
Do you ever make salmon pasta at home?
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Lemon Dill Salmon Pasta
- 1/2 pound fresh salmon
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Flour for dredging
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1/4 cup chicken broth
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1/2 cup heavy/whipping cream
- 1 tablespoon fresh dill chopped
- Optional garnish: fresh parsley, parmesan cheese
- 4 ounces uncooked pasta
- Boil a salted pot of water for your pasta. Cook it al dente according to package directions. I suggest starting the sauce once the water's boiling.
- Season the salmon with salt & pepper and coat it in the flour.
- Add the oil and butter to a skillet over medium-high heat. Once the pan is hot, add the salmon and cook it for 2 minutes/side, then take the fish out of the pan and set it aside.
- Add the chicken broth, lemon juice, and garlic to the pan. Let it bubble for about 30 seconds. Reduce the heat to medium.
- Add the cream, dill, and salmon back into the pan. Break the fish up with your spoon into bite-size pieces. Cook it for a few more minutes until it's cooked through and the sauce has reduced and thickened a bit.
- Drain the pasta and add it to the skillet. Toss it & serve immediately with parsley and parmesan cheese if desired.
- You can use skinless or skin-on salmon. I prefer buying the kind with the skin already removed, but it's fine to eat it or peel it off.
- Can't get fresh dill? Try 1 teaspoon dried dill instead (build your way up from there).
- I don't recommend substituting the cream for milk or half-and-half because the lemon juice will likely curdle the sauce.