Salmon Pasta in a Creamy Dill Sauce

This Salmon Pasta couldn’t easier to make! Served with a Creamy Dill Sauce, quick date night dinners have never been so delicious! – Hungry now?  Jump to Recipe 

When I say the flavours in this dish are a marriage made in heaven, I truly mean it. That gorgeous creamy sauce with chunks of buttery salmon is just to die for. Better still, like I said it couldn’t be easier to make!

Salmon Pasta in a Creamy Dill Sauce with salt and lemon in the background

The hero ingredient in this dish is the salmon, so naturally you want to bring out the best in it. Many similar recipes to this actually poach the salmon in the sauce, or dice it before frying.

Personally I feel the best way to cook salmon, not only in the context of this creamy pasta but in general, is to pan fry it.

For this salmon pasta, I opt for using salmon without skin.

Top tips for how to pan fry salmon without skin

  • Prep – Ensure you bring the salmon up to room temp before you fry. This will help the salmon cook evenly and prevent it from drying out.
  • Season – Like any meat or fish, generously season with salt and pepper before it hits the pan.
  • Pan – Using a non-stick pan will prevent the salmon from falling apart when you flip it.
  • Heat – Keep the heat medium/heat to get a nice golden crust.
  • Butter – Once you flip, baste in butter to add a gorgeous rich flavour.
  • Rest – Allowing the salmon to rest will ensure it fully cooks through without sacrificing juiciness.

From there, I simply shred with two forks. However you can just dice it into bite sized chunks if you fancy!

How to pan fry salmon - step by step guidance photos

So, you’ve got some yummy buttery salmon ready and waiting for you. Let’s talk creamy dill sauce.

Creamy Dill Sauce Ingredients

  • Leftover Browned Butter
  • Shallots
  • Garlic
  • Dill
  • Parsley
  • White Wine
  • Heavy Cream
  • Lemon Juice
  • Chilli Flakes (optional)

After you’ve basted the salmon with butter, it will start to turn brown. Once it’s foamed and begins to settle, it turns a deeper shade of brown and releases a gorgeous scent. This sweet and nutty flavour is going to be the start of your sauce.

A few other things to consider to get the most delicious sauce:

Top tips for the best Creamy Dill Sauce for Salmon

  • White wine – This is great for two reasons: Adds a nice bit of acidity to cut through the richness of the cream. Also helps deglaze the pan to collect up all that flavour.
  • Dill – It’s actually quite a strong herb, so I find as little as 1 tsp of fresh dill does the job. The browned butter will also already be infused with dill from pan frying the salmon.
  • Pasta Water – You’ll find that the cream thickens almost as soon as it hits the pan, so use some starchy pasta water to thin out as needed.

How to make a creamy dill sauce for salmon - step by step photos

What pasta to use for Salmon Pasta?

Personally I like spaghetti. I’ve always got a crap tonne of spaghetti in my cupboards that needs using up, so this recipe is perfect. In general I advise using a long cut pasta, it holds this dish better than a short cut pasta would. I have used tagliatelle, fettuccine and linguine in this recipe and all work great.

What can I substitute the Chilli Flakes with?

I add a teeny weeny amount of spice to this dish to help balance out the richness. Cayenne pepper is a great substitute, but if you don’t like spice leave it out. Add a pinch more black pepper instead.

Can I substitute Creme Fraiche?

Many similar recipes use creme fraiche instead of heavy cream. I have actually tried this recipe with creme fraiche instead of cream and personally felt the dish ended up lighter, but much too sour. If you are keen on adding it, then just add a couple of tbsp and consider lowering the amount of lemon juice you use.

Salmon Pasta in a Creamy Dill Sauce with lemon and parsley

And there we have it! An easy and delicious dinner for two ready and waiting. Gorgeously creamy and herby with a gentle tang, this salmon pasta is a force to be reckoned with!

How to make Salmon Pasta & Creamy Dill Sauce (Full Recipe & Video)

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Salmon Pasta in a Creamy Dill Sauce with chilli flakes and parmesan
Salmon Pasta in a Creamy Dill Sauce
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

This Salmon Pasta couldn't easier to make! Served with a Creamy Dill Sauce, quick date night dinners have never been so delicious!

Course: Date Night, Main Course
Cuisine: Seafood
Keyword: Salmon Pasta
Servings: 2
Calories: 749 kcal
Author: Chris
Ingredients
  • 2 Salmon Fillets (skinned & deboned)
  • 7oz / 200g Spaghetti (or long cut pasta of choice)
  • 3/4 cup / 180ml Heavy Cream
  • 1/3 cup / 80ml White Wine
  • 2 sprigs of Fresh Dill
  • 1 tsp Fresh Dill, finely diced
  • 1 heaped tbsp Fresh Parsley, finely diced + extra for serving
  • 2 small Shallots, finely diced
  • 2 cloves Garlic, finely diced
  • 1 tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • small pinch of Chilli Flakes (optional)
  • Lemon Juice, to taste
  • Parmesan, to serve
  • Salt & Black Pepper, to taste
  • Olive Oil for frying
Method
  1. Generously season all sides of your salmon with salt and pepper.

  2. Fry over medium-high heat in a small drizzle of olive oil. Once golden on one side, flip over and place a sprig of dill on top of each fillet. Melt butter into the pan and baste the salmon (see video). Fry the 2 other sides of the salmon then place to one side and rest.

  3. Cook your pasta until al dente, reserving a cup of starchy pasta water. Drain when needed.

  4. Lower to medium heat and fry your shallots in the leftover browned butter until softened, then fry your garlic for a further minute or so.

  5. Pour in your wine, deglazing the pan as necessary. Leave to simmer for a minutes to reduce, then stir in your cream. It's important to reduce the wine so it burns off the alcohol and doesn't end up too bitter.

  6. Add your dill, parsley, small pinch of chilli flakes (optional) and a small squeeze of lemon juice to taste (careful, you won't need much). Season with salt and pepper.

  7. Shred your salmon or cut to bite sized chunks then add to your sauce. Use your pasta water to thin out as necessary. 

  8. Combine with your pasta then serve with an extra sprinkle of parsley and a good grating of parmesan. 

Watch how to make it!

Recipe Notes

Tips for the best Salmon Pasta and Creamy Dill Sauce:

 

a) Pan Frying Salmon - Try to use a non-stick pan. Ensure the salmon is at room temp before frying so it cooks evenly and doesn't dry out. Don't worry about getting it completely cooked throughout, it'll finish cooking when resting and adding back into the pan. It's mostly important to get that golden crust.

 

b) Lemon Juice - The white wine will add a good amount of acidity to balance out the richness of the cream, so don't go squeezing an entire lemon in as well, the dish will end up too sour. I find around 1 tsp works well, but work to preference.

 

c) Chilli Flakes sub - A tiny amount of heat works nicely with the dish, again to balance out the richness. If you don't have chilli flakes, cayenne pepper works well. Either way, only a tiny amount is needed. If you don't like spice then leave it out all together, will still taste great.

 

d) Browned Butter - You want to cook down the butter until it turns a dark brown colour, so if you haven't achieved this by the time you remove the salmon, then spend a few minutes cooking it out until it browns. Browned butter adds a gorgeous sweet nutty flavour to the sauce. 

 

e) Calories - Based on using 1 tsp olive oil for frying and 1 tbsp parmesan per serving.

Nutrition Facts
Salmon Pasta in a Creamy Dill Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 749 Calories from Fat 425
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 47.17g 73%
Saturated Fat 25.244g 126%
Trans Fat 0.087g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3.033g
Monounsaturated Fat 14.574g
Cholesterol 191mg 64%
Sodium 385mg 16%
Potassium 692mg 20%
Total Carbohydrates 38.77g 13%
Dietary Fiber 2.5g 10%
Sugars 4.56g
Protein 35.6g 71%
Vitamin A 77%
Vitamin C 13%
Calcium 15%
Iron 14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

For another quick, easy and delicious fish dinner, check out my Pan Fried Cod!

Pan Fried Cod with brown butter sauce, new potatoes, lemon and asparagus

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12 Comments

  • Reply
    Andrea @ Cooking with Mamma C
    August 9, 2018 at 8:16 pm

    Salmon works so well with pasta. This looks fabulous! I appreciate all of your tips for pan-frying the salmon too.

    • Reply
      Chris
      August 10, 2018 at 8:16 pm

      Ah, so glad you found them useful! Thanks Andrea! 🙂

  • Reply
    Pam Greer
    August 9, 2018 at 8:40 pm

    I agree with you pan searing salmon is the best way to cook it! Sometimes I finish it off in the oven. I love that you used the browned butter then in the sauce!! This sounds amazing!

    • Reply
      Chris
      August 10, 2018 at 8:17 pm

      Thanks Pam! All about the browned butter!

  • Reply
    Demeter
    August 9, 2018 at 10:09 pm

    Such an easy dinner with big flavors! That creamy dill sauce sounds perfect!

    • Reply
      Chris
      August 10, 2018 at 8:17 pm

      Super easy!! Thanks Demeter! 🙂

  • Reply
    Gabi Rupp @ Leanjumpstart
    August 9, 2018 at 10:25 pm

    Yes I agree Chris, for this gorgeous salmon recipe Creme Fraiche is just too sour and I also use full cream to make it a perfect match with dill, white wine and spaghetti. Sometimes when I feel we should restrict our calories I replace part of the full cream with a bit of milk;)

    • Reply
      Chris
      August 10, 2018 at 8:18 pm

      Oooo like the tip of using milk! Will have to do that when I eventually go on a diet

  • Reply
    Helen @ family-friends-food.com
    August 9, 2018 at 10:43 pm

    That pasta looks so creamy and delicious! Looks like a great way to use salmon, I’ll have to give it a try.

    • Reply
      Chris
      August 10, 2018 at 8:18 pm

      Enjoy, Helen! 🙂

  • Reply
    Rubia
    December 5, 2018 at 1:17 am

    This was so delicious! I added half a diced jalapeno instead of the chilli flakes for more of a kick! Thank you for sharing.

    • Reply
      Chris
      December 5, 2018 at 11:08 am

      Ooooo Jalapeno sounds lovely! So glad you enjoyed! 🙂

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