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Pan Seared Salmon With Creamy Lemon Pasta

This Pan Seared Salmon with Creamy Lemon Pasta is perfect date night supper. Light yet filling and stunning on the plate. The succulent crisp coral salmon on the creamy white lemon pasta and then the bright grassy parsley. Easy to make and ready in 15 minutes, delicious and beautiful. That is definitely a meal worth staying in for!

This Pan Seared Salmon with Creamy Lemon Pasta is perfect date night supper. Light yet filling and stunning on the plate. The succulent crisp coral salmon on the creamy white lemon pasta and then the bright grassy parsley. Easy to make and ready in 15 minutes, delicious and beautiful. That is definitely a meal worth staying in for!

This Pan Seared Salmon with Creamy Lemon Pasta is perfect date night supper. Light yet filling and stunning on the plate. The succulent crisp coral salmon on the creamy white lemon pasta and then the bright grassy parsley. Easy to make and ready in 15 minutes, delicious and beautiful. That is definitely a meal worth staying in for!

The simple creamy sauce is a mixture of white wine and cream, spiked with plenty of lemon juice (and zest) and finished with parsley. Make sure you season it well with freshly milled black pepper. It makes so much difference. The pre-ground pepper will add a powdery taste to your beautiful creamy sauce.

The pan seared salmon is very simple to prepare. Rubbed with a little olive oil and cooked presentation side down first you get a beautiful crisp crust and a soft succulent interior. We cooked our fish so it is slightly rare inside. But if you like a firmer finish, then check the recipe notes for additional timings.

This Pan Seared Salmon with Creamy Lemon Pasta is perfect date night supper. Light yet filling and stunning on the plate. The succulent crisp coral salmon on the creamy white lemon pasta and then the bright grassy parsley. Easy to make and ready in 15 minutes, delicious and beautiful. That is definitely a meal worth staying in for!

Serving Suggestion:

Dessert: To balance the creamy main course serve a fresh dessert based around fruit. If strawberries are in season then a simple bowl of strawberries, drizzled with a little balsamic syrup would make a perfect end to the meal. Alternatively, a crisp lemon or apple sorbet would finish the meal well.

Wine: Lemon sauces can cause problems with so many wines, the acidity of the lemon works to soften and mellow the wine. However here the cream helps to overcome that. So try pairing this with a Sémillon. Or buck convention and opt for a red! Salmon is such a rich fish that it can take a low-tannin red like a Valpolicella.

This Pan Seared Salmon with Creamy Lemon Pasta is perfect date night supper. Light yet filling and stunning on the plate. The succulent crisp coral salmon on the creamy white lemon pasta and then the bright grassy parsley. Easy to make and ready in 15 minutes, delicious and beautiful. That is definitely a meal worth staying in for!

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This Pan Seared Salmon with Creamy Lemon Pasta is perfect date night supper. Light yet filling and stunning on the plate. The succulent crisp coral salmon on the creamy white lemon pasta and then the bright grassy parsley. Easy to make and ready in 15 minutes, delicious and beautiful. That is definitely a meal worth staying in for!
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Pan Seared Salmon with Creamy Lemon Pasta

This Pan Seared Salmon with Creamy Lemon Pasta is perfect date night supper. Light yet filling and stunning on the plate. The succulent crisp coral salmon on the creamy white lemon pasta and then the bright grassy parsley. Easy to make and ready in 15 minutes, delicious and beautiful. That is definitely a meal worth staying in for!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 698 kcal

Ingredients

  • 5 oz spaghetti (140g)
  • kosher salt
  • 2 salmon fillets (6 oz/170g )
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp butter
  • 1 tbsp  olive oil
  • 1 shallot
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • ½ cup half and half (or thin cream)
  • 1 lemon
  • tbsp coarsely chopped parsley
  • Lemon wedges , to serve

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil and then add a good amount of salt.
  2. Add the spaghetti and cook until al dente. (around 1 minute less than the packet suggests)
  3. Meanwhile get on with the salmon and sauce.
  4. Season the top of the salmon fillets evenly with salt and pepper.
  5. Melt the butter and olive oil in a large nonstick pan or skillet over medium-high heat.
  6. Add salmon, presentation side down. Sauté for 3 minutes and then flip and cook for a further 4 minutes.
  7. Transfer salmon to a warmed plate, tent  it with foil and set aside.
  8. Peel and finely chop the shallot, add it to the skillet, adding an additional tsp of butter if needed.
    Gently fry the shallot until softened.

  9. Add the wine to the pan and scrape any browned bits off of the bottom of the pan.
  10. Cook the wine for about a minute (it will start to evaporate pretty quickly) then stir the zest and juice of the lemon.
  11. Pour in the half and half (or thin cream) and heat through.

  12. Add the parsley, season and remove the pan from the heat.
  13. Remove a cup of the pasta cooking water and then drain the pasta.
  14. Add the pasta and 2 tbsp of the pasta cooking water to the sauce and stir it gently to coat the pasta.
  15. Add more water if required.
  16. Serve with the seared salmon on the side, a garnish of parsley and some lemon wedges.

Recipe Notes

If you prefer your salmon firm, cook for an additional minute on each side.

Nutrition Facts
Pan Seared Salmon with Creamy Lemon Pasta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 698 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 27g 42%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 121mg 40%
Sodium 128mg 5%
Potassium 1164mg 33%
Total Carbohydrates 58g 19%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 3g
Protein 45g 90%
Vitamin A 16.5%
Vitamin C 11.1%
Calcium 10.7%
Iron 15.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
This Pan Seared Salmon with Creamy Lemon Pasta is perfect date night supper. Light yet filling and stunning on the plate. The succulent crisp coral salmon on the creamy white lemon pasta and then the bright grassy parsley. Easy to make and ready in 15 minutes, delicious and beautiful. That is definitely a meal worth staying in for!

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    • Pamela Senior
    • June 5, 2017
    Reply

    is there cream in the recipe? on #10 it says pour in cream?

    1. Reply

      Hi Pamela, sorry, will change the instructions to make it clearer. I used half and half as an alternative to our thin cream.

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    • Jack
    • July 3, 2017
    Reply

    This may be an obvious question, but where does the 1 shallot fit into the recipe instructions?

    1. Reply

      Hi Jack,

      Sorry for the mistake, I have added the step to the recipe.

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