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This lemon dill salmon pasta recipe makes an easy and elegant weeknight dinner. It’s perfect for date night!

Need more date night inspiration? Try this White Wine Cream Sauce for Ravioli!

lemon dill salmon over fettuccine in a bowl

This salmon pasta with dill sauce is ready in only 20 minutes! 

If you want more easy salmon pasta recipes, try my Cajun Salmon Pasta, this Garlic Butter Salmon Pasta, my Creamy Garlic Salmon Pasta, or my Fresh Tomato Salmon Pasta.

If you’ve got some fresh dill in your garden, this is the perfect recipe to try. If not, herbs are plentiful in the summer, so they’re easy enough to find at the grocery store. You may have some left over after making this recipe, but not to worry – you can use fresh dill for plenty of things. I like to add it to salads, sauces, salad dressings, or even sandwich fillings like tuna salad. 

Closeup of salmon and pasta with lemon dill sauce

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.

Recipe notes & tips:

  • 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).
  • 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. 

More amazing easy salmon recipes to try:

Salmon with creamy lemon dill sauce and pasta in a bowl

Do you ever make salmon pasta at home? Questions about this creamy lemon dill salmon pasta? Ask me in the comments below. 

lemon dill salmon over fettuccine in a bowl
4.85 from 13 votes

Lemon Dill Salmon Pasta

This lemon dill salmon pasta recipe makes an easy and elegant weeknight dinner. It's perfect for date night!
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 2

Ingredients 

  • 1/2 pound fresh salmon
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Flour for dredging
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth or dry white wine
  • 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

Instructions 

  • 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.

Notes

  • 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.
  • 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.

Nutrition

Calories: 709kcal, Carbohydrates: 48g, Protein: 32g, Fat: 43g, Saturated Fat: 20g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 159mg, Sodium: 234mg, Potassium: 772mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 1111IU, Vitamin C: 4mg, Calcium: 74mg, Iron: 2mg

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

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39 Comments

  1. Samantha says:

    4 stars
    Easy to follow and adapt, and delicious recipe ๐Ÿ™‚ will make again!

    1. Natasha says:

      Great!

  2. Jeff says:

    To keep half and half from breaking, don’t use lemon juice — zest the skin into the butter/oil after the salmon comes out of the pan.

  3. Tracey says:

    5 stars
    I used what was in my pantry. I used canned salmon, granulated garlic and small pasta shells.
    This was FABULOUS! Thank you for such an easy recipe. Foodgasm level!

    1. Natasha says:

      That’s awesome!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. John Biggs says:

    4 stars
    I made this for my girlfriend, it looked very similar to the pics and tasted lovely, we both enjoyed it with a simple salad. My comment – get the salmon cooked and the sauce on the go before putting the pasta in the water!

    1. Natasha says:

      I’m glad you two enjoyed it, John!

  5. Reggi Williams says:

    Correction to previous inquiry …

    Can I use salmon fillets for this recipe?

    1. Natasha says:

      Hi Reggi! Yes, that is fine. That’s what I used.

  6. Yvonne says:

    5 stars
    Very yummy and simple to make we added a side of braised asparagus to up the veg content and next time plan to add grated courgette (zucchini) instead.

    1. Natasha says:

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it!! Love those additions.

  7. Lewis Elliott says:

    5 stars
    Fantastic dish, I extrapolated out to make if for 3 and it was delicious. We too traded the cream for Crรจme Fraiche and it was lovely and light. I do have a photo but no section to load these up ๐Ÿ˜€

    Would greatly recommend.

    1. Natasha says:

      That’s great! I’m glad it worked out! Yup, there’s no way to load photos in the comments here unfortunately… but if you’re on Instagram, tag me and I’ll be able to see it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Tisam says:

    Can you use frozen salmon fillets?

    1. Natasha says:

      You’d have to thaw them first.

  9. Mazz says:

    5 stars
    Great recipe! The whole family liked this one ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Natasha says:

      That’s what I like to hear!

  10. Jeffery Wood says:

    5 stars
    I love to cook and i love good food. That was amazing. I could eat that every night for the rest of my life,
    Thanks.

    1. Natasha says:

      Aww that’s awesome!! Thanks for commenting!