This salmon pasta with a creamy garlic sauce is quick and delicious and makes an easy and elegant meal. Ready in 20 minutes!
This is one of those dishes that tastes like some effort was put in, but it’s actually easy enough to make without gnawing your arm off when you’re starving after a long day at work. And the best part is that you can finish off the bottle of wine while you’re cooking this. Just kidding. Sort of.
This creamy garlic salmon pasta dish is a good option for a date night in, or you can easily double (or triple) the recipe if you have guests to feed without adding a lot of extra work. I used fettuccine, but feel free to use your favorite pasta.
Quickly searing the salmon makes it extra tasty. Piping hot pasta, butter, white wine, cream, and parmesan cheese = decadence in a bowl. No fancy ingredients in here… but you’ll get restaurant-quality results for a fraction of the price.
20 minutes to pasta perfection – what could be better?!
Will you try making this lemony salmon pasta with a creamy garlic sauce?
Salmon Pasta with a Creamy Garlic Sauce
An easy to make and elegant salmon pasta dish.
- 4 ounces fettuccine or other pasta, uncooked
- 1/2 pound fresh salmon (skinless)*
- Onion powder, to taste
- Salt & pepper, to taste
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- Juice from 1/2 medium lemon (about 1 tbsp)
- 3/4 cup heavy/whipping cream
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan
- 1 tablespoon flour
- 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
- Boil a large salted pot of water for your pasta. Cook using package directions until it's al dente.
- Grate parmesan and set aside. Season the salmon lightly with onion powder and salt & pepper on both sides.
- Add the olive oil and butter to a skillet on medium high heat. Once it's hot, add the salmon. Cook salmon for a couple of minutes on each side.
- Take the salmon out of the pan and set aside. Add the white wine, lemon juice, cream, garlic, and parmesan, and scrape the bottom of the pan so the brown bits get incorporated into the sauce.
- Slowly add the flour to the sauce, while stirring, to avoid any lumps.
- Add the salmon back in the pan and break it up with your cooking spoon so it's in bite-size chunks. Gently mix it in with the sauce. Cook for an additional five minutes or so until the sauce is thickened and salmon is cooked through.
- Drain pasta and add it to the skillet, along with 1 tablespoon of the water you cooked the pasta in. Gently mix the sauce and pasta. Serve immediately with parsley and extra parmesan cheese if desired.
If you can't buy skinless salmon, you can easily remove the salmon from the skin just before you add the salmon back into the pan (step 6), or use a sharp knife to remove the skin prior to seasoning it. Or keep it on if you don't mind it.
This recipe is easily doubled. I used one piece of fish when making this recipe for two people.
The sauce is fairly lemony, so if you're not into that, halve the amount of lemon, then add more in once you've tasted it if it's not lemony enough for you.
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