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Simple Fresh Tomato and Salmon Pasta

This easy Salmon Pasta recipe is lifted with some simple yet fresh ingredients, basil, tomato and shallots from my garden.

Portrait image of a fork of salmon pasta taken from a bowl featuring tomatoes and, fresh basil leaves and breadcrumbs

Quick Fresh Fish Pasta.

This recipe is a bit of a twist on a dish that I tend to make with canned salmon. But it really does sing when made with fresh salmon.

Both of which are a twist on this smoked mackerel pasta recipe.

I am not one of those cooks that thinks that pasta should be served with a heavy sauce.

This recipe is one of many that pairs some form of pasta with pretty robust and whole ingredients.

Recipes like my roasted garlic spaghetti or my spaghetti with peas and goats cheese are other great examples.

If you are looking for something with tinned salmon check out my canned salmon pasta with creme fraiche.

Portrait overhead image of salmon pasta served in a white shallow bowl featuring tomatoes and, fresh basil leaves and breadcrumbs

Buying the Salmon.

This tomato salmon pasta recipe is great for using up some of the less prime cuts of the fish.

I’ve used the nomenclature “salmon fillet”, but you could use any off cuts you can get.

Having said that, I would avoid using the fatty belly cut but the tail end would be perfect.

You can often find the tail end of salmon in the bargain “bucket” section too which makes the recipe really frugal.

Also, don’t restrict yourself to salmon! I’ve made this recipe with both river and sea trout, it also works really well with mackerel.

Portrait close up image of salmon pasta served in a white shallow bowl featuring tomatoes and, fresh basil leaves and breadcrumbs

Recipe Hints and Tips.

The secret to perfecting this salmon pasta recipe is all in the timing.

That is so true for so much cooking, but it is never truer than when cooking fish!

In this recipe we cut the fish into thin batons and then marinade in lemon juice. This will almost “cure” the fish before it goes anywhere near the pan.

We do not want the fish in the pan before we add the pasta for anything more than 3 or 4 minutes.

As a result of this make sure that all of the ingredients are prepared before you add the fish.

That includes the breadcrumbs, you can keep them warm in the oven if you do not want to run the risk of cooking several things at the same time.

Square close up image of salmon pasta served in a white shallow bowl featuring tomatoes and, fresh basil leaves and breadcrumbs
Yield: 2 Servings

Fresh Tomato and Salmon Pasta Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

This Quick and Easy Tomato and Salmon Pasta is loaded with great simple ingredients and represents a super quick way of feeding the family in a rush!


  • 300 g (10 oz) Skinless Salmon Fillets
  • 15 g (3 Tbsp) Bread Crumbs
  • 5 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 Shallot
  • 2 Tbsp Fresh Parsley
  • 2 Spring Onions
  • 125 g (2 Small-Medium) Plum Tomatoes
  • 150 g (5.5 oz) Flat Pasta
  • Salt to taste
  • Black Pepper to taste
  • 20 Fresh Basil Leaves


  1. Finely dice the shallot and chop the parsley.
  2. Cut the salmon fillets into 3-5mm wide ribbons perpendicular to the long side of the fish.
  3. Marinade the salmon with the shallot, parsley, 1 tbsp of olive oil and 1 Tbsp of lemon juice.
  4. Cut the spring into 5cm lengths and then shred as finely as you can.
  5. Cut the tomatoes into wedges and then cut the flesh into a 3-4mm dice.
  6. Cook your pasta as per instructions.
  7. You will need to do a little calculation here as cooking the salmon will take around 3-4 mins and you do not want nasty dry salmon.
  8. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil to a pan over a medium high heat and toast off the bread crumbs, when golden set aside on a piece of kitchen towel.
  9. 3 mins before the pasta is ready to come out of the water add in 2 tablespoons of olive oil to a pan over a medium high heat.
  10. Saute the salmon and shallot mix adding salt and pepper to taste.
  11. Two mins later add in the tomatoes and the salad onions and continue to saute for a further 2 mins.
  12. Drain the pasta and add it into the pan with the salmon and stir to combine.
  13. Test for seasoning adding more salt and black pepper as required and even an extra little squeeze of lemon juice if you like.
  14. Finally, sprinkle over the breadcrumbs and the torn basil leaves.


I use Malfadine for this salmon pasta recipe, but fettucini or tagliatelle would work perfectly as a substitute.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 794Total Fat: 54gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 42gCholesterol: 95mgSodium: 451mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 4gSugar: 5gProtein: 40g

Calorific details are provided by a third-party application and are to be used as indicative figures only.

Did you make this recipe?

If you made this recipe, I'd love to see what you did and what I can do better, share a picture with me on Instagram and tag me @krumplibrian and tell me how it went!


Tuesday 26th of May 2020

Hi Brian, Just tried your recipe in Belgium and loved it. Thanks for sharing on your lovely website.

Brian Jones

Monday 1st of June 2020

Thank you Ghislaine.


Wednesday 26th of September 2018

This was delicious! The first time my kids ate salmon and loved it. Thank you so much.

Brian Jones

Sunday 30th of September 2018

So glad you and your kids liked it, thanks for taking the time to write :D

Michelle Barsness

Friday 20th of April 2018

I love everything about this dish. There is something very satisfying about having salmon, fresh vegetables and past. Absolute perfection!

Brian Jones

Saturday 21st of April 2018

Thanks Michelle


Friday 20th of April 2018

That looks such a fresh and flavorful way to dress up pasta. I can imagine it's wonderful with homegrown veggies and herbs too. Yum!

Brian Jones

Saturday 21st of April 2018

Thanks Caroline


Friday 20th of April 2018

Oh wow! Delish alert! Your salmon pasta looks fantastic, I love that you used mafaldine, one of my favorite pasta! The picture is awesome!

Brian Jones

Saturday 21st of April 2018

Thanks Patty, I was quite unhappy with the pictures when I published this a couple of years ago but over that time it has proved to be insanely popular. It has not dropped out of the top 5 recipes on my site since published and it is always well received :)

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