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A quick and flavorful weeknight dinner! This easy Salmon Pasta recipe is ready for the table in just 20 minutes. You’ll love the tender fish that’s tossed with penne, mushrooms and peas in a simple cream sauce. It’s a restaurant-quality meal that’s fancy enough for entertaining, but fast enough for busy evenings.

Penne pasta tossed in salmon cream sauce with a side of French baguette

Pasta with Salmon and Peas

You can’t beat an easy salmon pasta that comes together in less than 30 minutes. Add a creamy sauce and plenty of veggies and you’ve got a meal that makes Mom and the kids happy! Best of all, this dish is very flexible and can be adjusted to accommodate the ingredients in your kitchen. Instead of penne pasta, try angel hair or rotini. Prefer asparagus instead of peas or mushrooms? That will work, too! Just don’t forget the crusty baguette or garlic bread on the side. It’s a must!

Fresh Salmon Pasta Recipe

This recipe calls for fresh salmon, which I typically purchase in a 1-lb. fillet. You’ll need to remove the skin from the fish before dicing the salmon into bite-sized cubes. You can purchase frozen salmon and just thaw it in the refrigerator overnight, or even use leftover salmon from a previous meal. Grilled salmon would be delicious in this recipe, too!

Overhead image of an easy salmon pasta recipe on a wooden table

How to Make Salmon Pasta with Cream Sauce

The rich, garlicky white wine cream sauce comes together in one skillet in about the same amount of time as it takes to boil your noodles. Toss everything together at the end and dinner is served!

Ingredients for Creamy Salmon Pasta

  • Pasta (I used penne, but just about any shape will work)
  • Salmon
  • All-purpose flour
  • Butter
  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Mushrooms
  • White wine
  • Heavy cream
  • Frozen peas
  • Salt, pepper and fresh parsley

Step 1: Cook Pasta

Cook the pasta according to package instructions. Drain.

Cooked penne pasta in a colander

Step 2: Make Salmon Pasta Cream Sauce

While the penne boils, toss the salmon with flour and then sear it in a hot skillet with butter.

Fresh salmon tossed with flour

Add the garlic, onion, mushrooms, salt and pepper to the skillet. Saute until the mushrooms are tender, then deglaze the pan with the white wine. Stir in the cream and reduce the sauce over medium-low heat. Finally, stir in the frozen peas and cook until warmed through.

Salmon pasta cream sauce in a cast iron skillet with a wooden spoon

Step 3: Toss with Pasta

Add the pasta to the skillet and gently combine with the cream sauce. Garnish with fresh parsley and serve!

Close up image of salmon pasta in a cast iron skillet

What goes with Salmon Pasta?

Here are a few nice sides that are really good with this dish:

Don’t forget a nice loaf of artisan No-Knead Bread, a crusty French baguette, or homemade Garlic Bread!

French baguette served with a big bowl of easy salmon pasta

Storage

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 1-2 days. Reheat gently in a skillet over low heat or in the microwave for about 1 minute. Just be careful that you don’t overcook the fish or pasta.

Do not freeze the creamy salmon pasta. The cream-based sauce will “break” when thawed, resulting in an undesirable texture and appearance.

Recipe Variations — Salmon and Pasta

  • Use just about any pasta that you prefer. Angel hair, spaghetti, rigatoni, fusilli and rotini all go well with salmon. You can even make whole wheat salmon pasta for a healthy twist — just cook the pasta according to the package instructions for the variety that you choose.
  • Salmon Pesto Pasta: add a dollop of pesto to the cream sauce. It will give the dish a wonderful basil and Parmesan flavor.
  • Salmon and Shrimp Pasta: use a combination of salmon and shrimp in this dish. Shrimp cook very quickly, so sear them in the skillet first, remove them from the pan as soon as they turn pink, and then proceed with the recipe. Stir the cooked shrimp back into the dish at the very end so that you don’t wind up with over-cooked shrimp that are tough or chewy.
  • Mix up the flavors in the dish by adding your favorite fresh herbs. Good options include chives, basil, thyme or more parsley. My all-purpose seasoning blend is delicious with salmon, so add a dash to the sauce if you like!
  • Use different vegetables. If you don’t care for mushrooms or peas, try adding diced tomato or chopped fresh asparagus to the pasta instead. Broccoli or cauliflower would also be great.
  • If you don’t want to cook with wine, you can substitute with an equal amount of chicken broth or seafood stock.
Close up side shot of a bowl of creamy salmon pasta with fresh parsley on top

Tips for the Best Salmon Pasta Recipe

  • Toss the salmon with flour before cooking. This serves two purposes: it helps to get a nice crust and sear on the outside of the fish, and it also helps to thicken the cream sauce.
  • Wait to start cooking the sauce once the pasta water is boiling, because it comes together very quickly in the skillet.
  • Use a good quality white wine that you would actually like to drink. A crisp, dry white wine is ideal, so look for Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinto Gris or even Chardonnay.
  • Let the cream come to room temperature before adding it to the hot skillet.
  • For a spicy kick, add crushed red pepper flakes to the sauce.
  • Garnish the pasta with plenty of freshly-grated Parmesan and as many fresh herbs as you like!
Overhead image of a bowl of fresh salmon pasta recipe

More Salmon Recipes that You’ll Love

Penne pasta tossed in salmon cream sauce with a side of French baguette

Salmon Pasta with Garlic Cream Sauce

Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
0 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 643 kcal
A quick and flavorful weeknight dinner! This easy Salmon Pasta recipe is ready for the table in just 20 minutes.

Ingredients
  

  • 8 oz. dry penne pasta
  • 16 ounces salmon, skin removed and diced to about ½ inch
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic
  • 2 tablespoons finely diced onion
  • ½ cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • ¾ cup heavy cream, at room temperature
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ cup frozen peas
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

Instructions

  • Cook the pasta in a large pot of salted boiling water according to package instructions. Drain.
  • While the pasta boils, prepare the sauce. Toss the salmon in flour.
  • Melt butter in a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add salmon and saute for 1 minute. Add garlic, onion, mushrooms, salt and pepper. Cook until garlic is golden and mushrooms are tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in white wine, scraping the browned bits from the bottom of the skillet as you stir.
  • Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until the sauce is reduced by half. Add cream and reduce to a medium consistency. Stir in frozen peas and cook for 1-2 more minutes, or until heated through. Remove from heat.
  • Add cooked pasta to the skillet and toss to coat. Taste and season with additional salt and pepper, if necessary. Garnish with fresh parsley and serve.

Notes

  • Toss the salmon with flour before cooking. This serves two purposes: it helps to get a nice crust and sear on the outside of the fish, and it also helps to thicken the cream sauce.
  • Start cooking the sauce once the pasta water is boiling, because it comes together very quickly in the skillet.
  • Use a good quality white wine that you would actually like to drink. A crisp, dry white wine is ideal, so look for Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinto Gris or even Chardonnay.
  • Let the cream come to room temperature before adding it to the hot skillet.
  • For a spicy kick, add crushed red pepper flakes to the sauce.
  • Garnish the pasta with plenty of freshly-grated Parmesan and as many fresh herbs as you like!

Nutrition

Serving: 1/4 of the recipeCalories: 643kcalCarbohydrates: 50gProtein: 33gFat: 33gSaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 146mgSodium: 294mgPotassium: 809mgFiber: 3gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 1187IUVitamin C: 10mgCalcium: 65mgIron: 2mg
Keyword: creamy salmon pasta, salmon pasta, salmon pasta cream sauce
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Author: Blair Lonergan
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  1. Thank you Blair, this looks great and I can’t wait to try it. It’s so useful that you suggest alternatives in your recipes so they are easy to adjust to suit my family’s likes and dislikes.
    I love the new look for the blog!