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Simple Fresh Tomato and Salmon Pasta

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.

Tomato and salmon fillet pasta with basil and crispy bread crumbs on a fork.

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!

This summery tomato and salmon pasta joins a glorious cod pesto pasta and a fantastic salmon and pea pasta.

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!

Overhead tomato and salmon fillet pasta with basil and crispy bread crumbs.

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.

Tomato and salmon fillet pasta with basil and crispy bread crumbs.

Serving Suggestions

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 personally prefer some toasted focaccia although garlic bread or cheesy garlic bread works well too.

Tomato and fresh salmon pasta with golden breadcrumbs and torn basil leaves.

Equipment Used

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.

  • Stovetop.
  • 20cm or 8″ saucepan.
  • 30cm or 12″ frying pan.
  • Colander.
  • Chopping board.
  • Kitchen knife.
  • Stirring and serving spoons.
  • Weighing scales and or measuring cups and spoons.
Tomato and fresh salmon pasta with golden breadcrumbs and torn basil leaves.
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!


  • 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


  1. Peel the shallot and dice it as finely as you can
  2. Cut the salmon fillets into 5-6mm (¼") thick strips across the fillet.
  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 (2") lengths and then shred it as finely as you can.
  5. Cut the tomatoes into wedges, remove and discard the seeds, and then cut the flesh into a 3-5mm (⅛-¼") dice.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Two mins later add in the tomatoes and the salad onions and continue to saute for a further minute or two.
  10. By now the pasta should be ready, drain it and add it into the pan with the salmon and stir to combine.
  11. 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.
  12. Finally, serve with torn basil leaves and the golden breadcrumbs.

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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