Seafood pasta dishes are rich and delectable. Unlike standard pasta dishes that are heavy and greasy because of inferior protein choices, seafood pasta dishes are light and refreshing. This is especially true when you choose healthy, high-quality ocean farmed salmon as your seafood protein pick!
Salmon has great texture and is tasty all by itself! Plus, it works with a lot of other flavors, and it’s full of powerful nutrients. Switching to salmon for pasta nights will be good for your tastebuds and your health!
Today, we’re sharing five salmon pasta recipes that’ll make you forget about spaghetti and meatballs. Here they are:
5 Salmon Pasta Recipes
This salmon recipe takes just under thirty minutes, making it the perfect weekday meal! First, you season salmon filets with garlic powder, paprika, onion powder, and pepper and roast it in the oven. You’ll do the same with some buttery broccoli!
While that’s cooking, you’ll prep your garlic lemon pesto sauce. Then, when each item is ready, you’ll mix the protein, veggies, and pasta sauce and pour it over the top of your favorite al dente pasta noodles. That’s it! It’s so easy! And, if broccoli is not your game or you like lots of veggies, don’t be afraid to add zucchini, bell peppers, tomatoes, or any of your favorite vegetables!
Maybe you’re looking for a little spice. This Cajun salmon pasta dish packs all the punch for and delivers a fiery and fresh seafood flavor. The creamy Cajun pasta only takes 20 minutes to cook, and the ingredients list isn’t too long either. This makes it fast, easy, and inexpensive to make!
You simply coat the salmon in Cajun season and cook in a skillet for a few minutes while the pasta is boiling. Then, you’ll add butter, garlic, and onions to the pan and get those cooked through. Finally, the heavy cream, chicken broth, and parmesan cheese creates the smooth, buttery sauce. Oh, and don’t forget the spinach at the end!
And, here’s a bonus tip: Let the pasta and sauce mixture sit for a few minutes before serving. Once the sauce soaks into the noodles, your dish will tie together into the perfect delicious and spicy seafood pasta experience!
Here’s another creamy salmon pasta recipe! This one also cooks fast, which is one of the huge benefits of using fish as a protein. Most salmon dishes will be ready in under a half an hour! For this recipe, you start by searing salmon filets with olive oil and salt.
Then, you make your cream sauce. It consists of sun-dried tomatoes, minced garlic, spinach, heavy cream, paprika, and red pepper flakes. Once the salmon is ready, you remove the skin, flake it up, and combine it with the sauce. Top penne noodles with this delicious cream mixture and dinner is served!
If you have leftover salmon from a previous dish, this is a great recipe to make! Just be careful not to dry out your salmon when you reheat it. And, of course, this dish makes great leftovers itself. It’s the perfect meal prepped lunch!
Though salmon is healthy, bathing it in a cream sauce isn’t always the healthiest option. (No shame in eating something delicious and not-so-nutritious!) But, if you want a dish that’s low carb, full of flavor, and still gives you your pasta fix, this recipe will do the job.
You’ll take cubed salmon and mix it with garlic, chili, lime juice, lime zest, salt, and pepper until the meat is completely coated. You’ll cook it in butter (though you could supplement with ghee if you’re looking for healthy alternatives) on a large skillet for a couple minutes.
When the salmon is done cooking, you’ll put it on top of zoodles with garlic and oil. Zoodles are simply vegetable noodles! You can buy them or make your own with a spiralizer. Whatever you do, pat the zoodles dry before putting them in the pan, and only cook them for a few minutes. They can get mushy or watery quickly without the proper care. With delicious veggie noodles and a healthy protein, you can’t go wrong.
If you’re looking for a lighter and fresher salmon pasta recipe, this one is the way to go. It has no heavy cream sauce, but instead relies on the pesto and salmon to carry the flavor of the dish. And, it works!
You’ll first roast the salmon coated with olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. While that’s in the oven for about fifteen minutes, cook your desired pasta according to the package instructions. When the pasta and salmon are done, put them together, and add your pesto, parmesan, and black pepper.
From there, you can make it spicier with red pepper flakes, load on some more garlic, or give it a citrus kick with fresh lemon juice. The choice is yours! And, if you’re feeling really adventurous, cook your own pesto.
Salmon is a versatile protein good for lots of recipes and cooking styles, including your favorite pasta dishes!
Salmon can be expensive, which may limit your opportunities to chow down on this delicious and nutritious protein. So, finding ways of stretching your salmon filets to share with the whole family across multiple meals is top of the priority list. Luckily, cooking your salmon into scrumptious pasta dishes is the perfect way to make a little salmon go a long way.
For more salmon dishes, check out our recipe hub! Or, if you want to learn more about various salmon cooking styles and health benefits, head over to our blog. Both will provide you with all the information you need to add salmon to your family’s meal plan. Use code FRESH at checkout for 15% off your first order. Now, there’s no excuse. Let’s get cooking!