Tomato and fresh salmon pasta with basil & golden breadcrumbs is a delicious, quick & easy pasta dish that manages to be both light & filling.
This recipe takes around 10 minutes to prepare and right around 12-15 minutes too cook making it a perfect midweek dinner.
Quick Fresh Fish Pasta with Tomatoes
Most fish pasta recipes tend to be made with tinned fish, like my tuna and tomato pasta and left-field sardine pasta bolognese recipes or seafood like the classic spaghetti alle vongole or my dramatic squid ink pasta with prawns.
But I definitely have a foodie crush on cooking pasta recipes with fresh fish!
It is gloriously simple and quick to cook, 10 minutes should give you more than enough time to prepare the ingredients.
Cooking will add another 12-15 minutes making this dish an ideal meal to rustle up after work!
Frequently Asked Questions
What sort of pasta should I use?
I’ve used some lovely mafaldine in the images here, but I’ve made this with lots of different types of long broad pasta.
Everything from pappardelle to tagliatelle works well. You can use shorter pasta but I would avoid tubes because there is not a lot of sauce to fill them up.
What sort of salmon should I use?
I’d use something from the tail end of the fillet because it will likely be a little cheaper and it will taste just as good!
Can I use a different type of fish?
Yes, I’ve made this recipe with both river and sea trout, it also works really well with mackerel fillet.
Can I make this in advance?
Fish is not a great candidate for cooling and reheating because it overcooks very quickly. As a result, this recipe is one that is better cooked and eaten immediately.
Like most pasta recipes I like to keep the sides for this simple salmon and tomato pasta pretty stripped back.
By that I mean bread and that is about it.
I only name-check brands of equipment if I think that they make a material difference to a recipe. But if you have any questions feel free to ask them in the comments section below the recipe.
- 20cm or 8″ saucepan.
- 30cm or 12″ frying pan.
- Chopping board.
- Kitchen knife.
- Stirring and serving spoons.
- Weighing scales and or measuring cups and spoons.
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!
- 300g (10 oz) Skinless Salmon Fillets
- 15g (3 Tbsp) Bread Crumbs
- 5 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
- 1 (35g) Shallot
- 2 Tbsp Fresh Parsley
- 2 Spring Onions
- 125g (2 Small-Medium) Plum Tomatoes
- 150g (5½ oz) Flat Long Pasta
- Salt to taste
- Black Pepper to taste
- Lemon Juice to taste (Optional)
- 20 Fresh Basil Leaves
- Peel the shallot and dice it as finely as you can
- Cut the salmon fillets into 5-6mm (¼") thick strips across the fillet.
- Marinade the salmon with the shallot, parsley, 1 tbsp of olive oil and 1 Tbsp of lemon juice.
- Cut the spring into 5cm (2") lengths and then shred it as finely as you can.
- Cut the tomatoes into wedges, remove and discard the seeds, and then cut the flesh into a 3-5mm (⅛-¼") dice.
- Bring a 20cm or 8" saucepan of generously salted water to a boil (I use 1½ tsp in a pan this size) and cook the pasta until al dente.
- Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to a 30cm or 12" frying pan over a medium high heat and toast off the bread crumbs, when golden set aside on a piece of kitchen paper.
- 3-4 mins before the pasta is ready return the frying pan to the heat and add in the final 2 tablespoons of olive oil, when it is hot saute the salmon and shallot mix adding a generous pinch of salt and black pepper.
- Two mins later add in the tomatoes and the salad onions and continue to saute for a further minute or two.
- By now the pasta should be ready, drain it and add it into the pan with the salmon and stir to combine.
- Stir in 2-3 tablespoons of the pasta water to form a silky emulsion, have a taste and add a little extra lemon juice if you like.
- Finally, serve with torn basil leaves and the golden breadcrumbs.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 794Total Fat: 54gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 42gCholesterol: 95mgSodium: 451mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 4gSugar: 5gProtein: 40g
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