Salmon pasta is one of the quickest, tastiest, and even healthy recipes that you can find.
You can do it pretty much with anything that you have in the fridge, assuming that you of course have salmon and pasta (any kind) and a couple of simple ingredients.
Let’s get to it!
Salmon Pasta Ingredients
So what will we need?
- Salmon (does not really matter which section).
- Pasta ( while you can use whichever you like, you might want to choose the one that can retain the biggest amount of sauce – pappardelle, spaghetti, linguine…)
- Medium size onion
- Clove of garlic
- A couple of cherry tomatoes (optional)
- Olive oil
- Salt and Pepper
- Parmesan (finely shredded)
- White wine (anything OK tasting will do, dry, nothing sweet )
- Parsley (optional)
Salmon Pasta Recipe
- Prepare the water for pasta, wait until it is boiling.
- While you are waiting for your water:
- Lay the salmon skin down on the cutting board and remove the skin. Cut the salmon file into smaller strips or pieces, whatever you like.
- Put your pan on medium-high heat.
- A bit (really a bit) of olive oil in, wait for it to warm up, and put the salmon in.
- Let it just lay there for a bit, until you see the browning and then turn (if you see a bit of browning sticking to the pan – even better that is called Fond and it will help us with flavor).
- When your salmon is slightly browned on both sides, remove it from the pan.
- At this point your water might already be boiling, so salt it slightly and put the pasta in, make sure that it is completely submerged in water. You may decrease the heat but the water should still be boiling.
- Finely dice your onion and garlic.
- Put the pan back onto the heat (leave the fond there) add roughly a tablespoon of olive oil and put in the onion and cherry tomatoes (optional), after the onion is got a bit of browsing and has softened up a bit, put in garlic (we can’t put it all there at the same time as garlic would just burn by the time onion will be ready).
- Reduce the heat to medium and let onions and garlic get to know each other.
- At this point, your pasta might be getting done. We want our pasta to be SLIGHTLY chewy in the middle.
- Get your fork, and taste a bit of pasta. Soft on the outside, chewier in the middle – if this is the consistency – remove pasta from the heat and PUT ASIDE around 2-3 cups of pasta water.
- Rinse the pasta, and splash it with cold water so it stops cooking.
- Add the pasta water to the pan where onions, garlic, and tomatoes are getting all cozy.
- After about a minute of gentle steering, add a splash of white wine and add parmesan (the amount depends on your preferences). Continue to steer gently for another minute and add salmon back.
- Wait for the liquid to reduce a bit and the taste of alcohol to disappear.
- Your sauce should be a bit thicker and it is time to put the pasta in.
- On low – medium heat, mix everything together.
- Optionally add parsley.
While at the first glance there are a lot of steps, the whole preparation takes around 25-30 minutes and you have a healthy, quick, and tasty salmon pasta recipe!