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Lemon parsley salmon pasta - quick & easy weeknight creamy pasta in only 20 minutes

Lemon Parsley Salmon Pasta

A smooth creamy sauce of chilli, lemon & garlic, combined with succulent still-pink salmon, and tomatoes & parsley for freshness.
Course Main, Main Course
Cuisine Australian, Modern Australian
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 611kcal
Author Lee-Ann Grace | Chef Not Required


  • 450 g fresh salmon see note
  • 250 g dried angel hair pasta
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 200 g mini tomatoes - quartered (see notes)
  • 1 long red chilli ribs & seeds removed - finely chopped (see notes)
  • 3 plump garlic cloves crushed/minced
  • 200 ml pure/pouring cream 45% milk fat
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • ½ cup parsley leaves firmly packed
  • Freshly grated parmesan cheese to serve
  • salt to taste


  • Cut salmon into even sized chunks - mine were 3 cm (1") x 2 cm (⅔") - as long as they are quite chunky & even in size (see notes).
  • Meanwhile cook pasta according to packet directions.
  • Heat olive oil in a large non-stick fry pan over medium high heat, add salmon & fry for 1 - 1 ½ mins, or until coloured on all sides, remove to a plate (see notes).
  • Turn pan down to medium low.
  • Add tomatoes, chilli & garlic to pan, stirring for 1 - 2 minutes - don't allow the garlic to burn.
  • Add cream & lemon juice to pan, bring to a simmer.
  • Once simmering and cream has started to thicken slightly, add parsley and reserved salmon, stirring to combine.
  • Simmer for 1 - 2 mins, or until salmon is heated.
  • Add pasta to pan, stirring to combine & flake salmon chunks slightly.
  • Serve with fresh parmesan cheese.


I am no expert when it comes to species of fish - for this dish I used Atlantic salmon, because that's what my local supermarket had! I'm reasonably sure that you could substitute any sort of fresh salmon and get a very similar result.
A note about cutting up the salmon. It will depend on the shape of your raw salmon, eg steaks, fillets etc - this will govern what shape your chunks will be. As long as they are at least 2 cm (⅔") at their narrowest point & even sized you will be good. The reason for this is so that you are able to sear the outside of the salmon in the pan first but the middle stays pink - this is what we are aiming for so we can flake it slightly for the finished dish & have lovely pink salmon. (At least I am - if you want your salmon more well done then feel free to make your chunks smaller, or fry them off for a minute or two longer).
Any kind of small/mini tomatoes will do - I used a mixture of red & orange grape tomatoes.
The amount of chilli you use is up to you. The finished dish doesn't have a real chilli hit, the cream tends to mellow the chilli out. If you want more chilli flavour/heat, you could leave in the ribs & seeds, or add more chillies.
*Please note that the amount of calories per serve is provided as a guide only, as ingredients and cooking methods can vary greatly*


Calories: 611kcal