Smoked Salmon Pasta

This smoked salmon pasta is easy and irresistibly tasty, pairing the smoky fish with a creamy sauce, lemon and fresh…

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This smoked salmon pasta is easy and irresistibly tasty, pairing the smoky fish with a creamy sauce, lemon and fresh dill.

Smoked salmon pasta

It’s hard to tire of the rich, buttery goodness of smoked salmon: it’s ideal for pairing with everything from bagels to dip to appetizers. Here’s the newest way we’ve fallen hard for it: Smoked Salmon Pasta! Imagine: chewy al dente pasta, bathed with a creamy sauce punctuated by bright lemon zest and herbaceous fresh dill. It’s hard not to be head over heels about this one! It’s extremely versatile: try it as an easy dinner, a fun brunch idea or picnic pasta salad.

Ingredients in this smoked salmon pasta

This smoked salmon pasta is designed as fast and easy meal, using a protein that’s totally no cook: smoked salmon! It makes it simple to throw into the pasta after you cook it, using cream cheese to make a quick and creamy sauce. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Smoked salmon: Look for cold-smoked salmon or lox (with a soft texture), not hard-smoked (which is flaky and more like cooked salmon)
  • Short cut pasta like penne, rigatoni, or farfalle
  • Cream cheese
  • Olive oil
  • Grated Parmesan cheese
  • Garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper
  • Lemon zest
  • Fresh dill
Smoked salmon pasta

Tips for smoked salmon pasta

This recipe is as easy as they come: boil the pasta, add the sauce ingredients, stir it up and add smoked salmon! There are a few things to note about the method and what to expect. Here’s what to know:

  • Make sure to cook the pasta to al dente. This means “to the bite” in Italian: ideally when it’s tender with a small white speck inside when you bite into a piece. Boil it a few minutes less than the package instructions indicate, and start taste testing early!
  • Save the pasta water! This ingredient will be used to make a creamy sauce. It’s easy to forget (been there), so my mom shared a tip with us. Place a liquid measuring cup inside your strainer. When you go to dump the pasta, you’ll remember to remove the liquid!
  • The texture is best when served immediately. This smoked salmon pasta is best when the pasta is freshly cooked and it’s warm: especially since you use the pasta water to help create the sauce. You can eat it later, but it does get drier in texture. More on that below!
Smoked salmon pasta

Leftovers and storage instructions

Want to save this smoked salmon pasta for later, or make it in advance? Here’s what to know:

  • Make ahead tip: The best way to prep in advance? Measure out all your sauce ingredients and place them in a covered container in the fridge. Then cook the pasta and dump them in when you’re ready to serve.
  • Leftovers become dry with refrigeration. They store up to 3 days refrigerated, but you’ll notice the texture becomes drier. You can reheat the pasta with a splash of water on the stovetop, and revive the flavors with a pinch or two of salt.

And that’s it! We hope you love this smoked salmon pasta as much as we do. It disappeared very quickly at a dinner we made for my parents recently!

More smoked salmon recipes

Smoked salmon is ideal for quick and easy meals because it’s a healthy protein that requires no cooking! Here are some of our top smoked salmon recipes:

This smoked salmon pasta recipe is…

Pescatarian. For gluten-free, use gluten-free pasta.

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Smoked salmon pasta

Smoked Salmon Pasta


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Description

This smoked salmon pasta is easy and irresistibly tasty, pairing the smoky fish with a creamy sauce, lemon and fresh dill.


Ingredients

  • 12 ounces penne (or other short-cut pasta like rigatoni, farfalle, etc.)
  • ½ cup cream cheese (1/2 8-ounce block)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • 6 to 8 ounces smoked salmon*, flaked into pieces with a fork
  • Zest from 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of well-salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta until it is al dente, testing a few minutes before the package instructions indicate. Using a glass liquid measuring cup, reserve 1 cup of the hot pasta water, then drain the pasta.
  2. Return the pasta to the pot. Add the cream cheese (broken into dollops), olive oil, grated Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, onion powder, kosher salt and a few grinds black pepper. Pour in ½ cup of the pasta water and toss until a creamy sauce forms; adding a splash of additional water as necessary to come to a creamy consistency.
  3. Add the smoked salmon (flaked into pieces with a fork), lemon zest, and fresh dill. Gently mix, adding another splash of pasta water so that it’s creamy. Serve immediately. (Leftovers store up to 3 days refrigerated, but you’ll notice the texture becomes drier. You can reheat the pasta with a splash of water on the stovetop, and revive the flavors with a pinch or two of salt.)

Notes

*Look for cold-smoked salmon or lox (with a soft texture), not hard-smoked (which is flaky and more like cooked salmon).

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Pasta

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Smoked Salmon Bagel

There’s not much better than a smoked salmon bagel (aka lox)! Top with herb cream cheese for a stunning breakfast,…

A Couple Cooks – Recipes worth repeating.

There’s not much better than a smoked salmon bagel (aka lox)! Top with herb cream cheese for a stunning breakfast, brunch or lunch.

Smoked salmon bagel

When it comes to a lazy weekend brunch or a deli-style lunch, smoked salmon to the rescue! There’s nothing better than a great Smoked Salmon Bagel or lox, though there are some subtle differences we’ll cover below). It’s a study in bold contrasts: homemade herbed cream cheese against smoky, buttery salmon, herbaceous dill against briny capers, and of course a fluffy, perfectly toasted bagel. Guess what? You can make a next-level version of this treat right at home. Or, use our alterative option and make a homemade deli-style smoked salmon cream cheese! Let’s get to it.

Ingredients for smoked salmon bagels

The classic smoked salmon bagel is a deli special, pairing buttery salmon with briny capers and cream cheese. It’s also known as lox or gravlax, though lox is technically brined salmon that may or may not be smoked. But the two types of salmon are generally served in the same way: on a bagel with cream cheese and tasty toppings. Here’s what you’ll need for this smoked salmon bagel recipe:

  • Fresh bagels
  • Smoked salmon: Look for cold-smoked salmon or lox (with a soft texture), not hard-smoked (which is flaky and more like cooked salmon).
  • Cream cheese: This homemade herb cream cheese brings the best herbaceous flavor, but you can substitute with plain cream cheese
  • Capers: Briny capers add a pop of salty flavor and are required here (see below)
  • Red onion: Another classic topping that cannot be missed
  • Fresh dill sprigs: Dill adds fresh flavor and completes the look
  • Lemon wedge: Garnishing with a lemon wedge before eating adds just the right pop of acidity
  • Optional toppings: Thinly sliced English cucumber and tomato are also traditional on a smoked salmon bagel, but to us they’re not essential.
Smoked salmon bagel brunch
Bagel brunch with herb cream cheese and smoked salmon spread

Variation: smoked salmon cream cheese!

Want a variation on a smoked salmon bagel that uses the same flavors in a different way? Try the bagels with Smoked Salmon Cream Cheese! This tasty spread mixes cream cheese, Greek yogurt, fresh dill and smoked salmon into a savory, salty deli-style spread. Make it instead of the standard, or use it along with the herb cream cheese as another option! Go to Smoked Salmon Spread.

Why capers and salmon go hand in hand

Capers are often paired with fish like smoked salmon or baked fish, because they add a pop of briny, salty flavor that complements this protein. What are they, exactly? Capers are a berry of the caper bush, a plant that’s native to the Mediterranean. They’re round and dark green gray, about the size of a peppercorn. You’ll find them in Italian and Mediterranean recipes.

Capers are served pickled, and they’re always sold in a long, thin jar. Find capers for this smoked salmon bagel in the condiments near the olives at the grocery store. Or check in the international aisle near the Italian products. PS You can use up the rest with our favorite Caper Recipes, like Lemon Caper Sauce, Pasta Puttanesca, and more.

Smoked salmon bagel

Bagel brunch board ideas

This smoked salmon bagel is ideal for a bagel brunch! Make a big platter with bagels and different types of cream cheese and bagel toppings, and it’s ideal for a lazy brunch with friends. Or try it for Mother’s Day, baby showers, Easter, or more! Here are a few ideas for what to have on hand for a bagel brunch:

Smoked salmon bagel

More smoked salmon recipes

Love smoked salmon? Here are a few more smoked salmon recipes you’ll love:

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Smoked salmon bagel

Perfect Smoked Salmon Bagel


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 bagel

Description

There’s not much better than a smoked salmon bagel (aka lox)! Top with herb cream cheese for a stunning breakfast, brunch or lunch.


Ingredients

  • 1 bagel
  • 2 tablespoons Herb Cream Cheese (recommended; or plain cream cheese)
  • 1 to 2 ounces smoked salmon
  • 4 red onion slices
  • 1 teaspoon capers, drained
  • Fresh dill sprigs, for garnish
  • 1 lemon wedge, for serving

Instructions

  1. Make the Herb Cream Cheese.
  2. Toast the bagel. Top it with a slather of herb cream cheese, smoked salmon slices, onion slices, capers, and fresh dill. Squeeze with a lemon wedge, then serve immediately.
  3. Alternative method: Make a batch of Smoked Salmon Cream Cheese and top with dill sprigs.
  • Category: Breakfast or Lunch
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: Seafood

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Smoked Salmon Salad

This smoked salmon salad is the ideal quick dinner: no cooking involved! It’s fresh, healthy, and full of big flavor.…

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This smoked salmon salad is the ideal quick dinner: no cooking involved! It’s fresh, healthy, and full of big flavor.

Smoked Salmon Salad

Here’s a genius trick that makes a fast dinner or healthy lunch with no cooking required. That’s right, no need to grab your pan and spatula. Try this Smoked Salmon Salad! It’s healthy, fresh, and 100% cook free. Imagine: savory smoked salmon, fresh greens, fluffy goat cheese dollops and a tangy shallot vinaigrette. It’s ideal for a summer meal al fresco or fast lunch: and it comes together in 15 minutes flat.

Components in smoked salmon salad

Somehow we tend to forget about the magic of smoked salmon for making fast meals, so we’re remedying that with this recipe. Smoked salmon salad is the type of lifesaver meal you can throw together while your kids are screaming or when you don’t have energy to think. Of course, you’ll need to have a few ingredients on hand:

  • Smoked salmon: find it in the refrigerated section near the meat counter
  • Fresh greens: we like to use mixed spring greens for color and texture contrasts
  • Goat cheese: it adds creamy, savory notes: substitute feta if you’re not a goat cheese fan
  • Homemade shallot vinaigrette: easy to mix up (see below)
  • Red onion slices: add just the right spicy bite
Smoked salmon salad

Optional ingredients to add!

This smoked salmon salad is totally customizable, based on what you have on hand in your refrigerator. Use it as a “clean out the fridge” concept and add any veggies, nuts or seeds you like. A few ideas that would go well:

  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Radishes
  • Sesame seeds or pepitas
  • Almonds, walnuts, pecans, or hazelnuts

Mix up a homemade shallot vinaigrette

The star of this smoked salmon salad, other than the salmon itself, is the dressing! This homemade vinaigrette comes together quickly and has the perfect tangy flavor. It stars shallots, small onions that have a delicate flavor. They’re one of our favorites to use in salad dressings! Here’s what to know about the dressing:

  • Whisk the olive oil in gradually to get the perfect emulsion. We like to do it about 1 tablespoon at a time. The Dijon mustard is also a key component to getting a creamy consistency.
  • Dressing stores up to 2 weeks. The dressing can solidify in the fridge because of the oil, so bring to room temperature before serving.
Shallot vinaigrette

Dressing variations for smoked salmon salad

Of course, you can use any other type of dressing you like for this smoked salmon salad. The quality greatly affects the final flavors. So if you use store-bought, make sure it’s best quality! Here we’d recommend tangy vinaigrettes starring herbs, tomatoes or fresh berries. Here are a few more delicious go-to homemade salad dressing recipes we love:

More easy salmon recipes

Salmon is a weeknight dinner hero, in our book! Smoked salmon is ever better, since you don’t have to cook it! Here are a few more recipes where this lean protein makes a delicious lunch, brunch or dinner:

This smoked salmon salad recipe is…

Pescatarian, dairy-free and gluten-free.

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Smoked Salmon Salad


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 salads
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

This smoked salmon salad is the ideal quick dinner: no cooking involved! It’s fresh, healthy, and full of big flavor.


Ingredients

For the salad

  • 10 ounces greens (2 to 3 cups per plate)
  • 8 ounces smoked salmon
  • 4 to 6 large sprigs fresh dill, torn into pieces
  • 4 ounces soft goat cheese
  • ¼ cup red onion slices
  • Sesame seeds, for the garnish

For the vinaigrette dressing

  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons finely minced shallot (1/2 medium shallot)

Instructions

  1. Make the vinaigrette dressing: In a medium bowl, whisk together the white wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, honey, kosher salt, and fresh ground black pepper. Whisk in the olive oil 1 tablespoon at a time until a creamy emulsion forms. Store refrigerated and bring to room temperature before serving (keeps at least 2 weeks).
  2. Make the smoked salmon salad: Place the greens on a plate. Add pieces of smoked salmon, torn dill, goat cheese dollops, and sliced red onions. Drizzle with dressing and serve.
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Smoked salmon salad

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Everything Smoked Salmon Tart.

Spring is going to look mighty fine with this smoked salmon tart! Okay so this is my new favorite brunch idea, HELLO!!!  A few weeks ago my mom asked me what to serve for a little lunch party. After giving her a few suggestions, it really solidified a perfect lunch menu for me. A puff […]

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Spring is going to look mighty fine with this smoked salmon tart!

This everything smoked salmon tart is perfect for brunch! Puff pastry sprinkled with everything seasoning, slathered in cream cheese and topped with salmon.

Okay so this is my new favorite brunch idea, HELLO!!! 

everything puff pastry

A few weeks ago my mom asked me what to serve for a little lunch party. After giving her a few suggestions, it really solidified a perfect lunch menu for me. A puff pastry tart is just too good to pass up. Because it’s easy but fancy. And super versatile.

You can serve it with a soup. 

You can serve it with a salad.

Or you could serve it with both! 

cream cheese puff pastry

It’s so light but in a way, feels like pizza. I mean, we all know I love a good puff pastry pizza. Because I’ve even made a breakfast version of one before too. 

It’s easily customizable too. 

Which is what I really love about this one and why you should make it in the first place. What would you put on a smoked salmon bagel? Put it on here! What would you leave off? Don’t add it. Make it yours, throw whatever you’d like on top, add something equally as delicious. 

This everything smoked salmon tart is perfect for brunch! Puff pastry sprinkled with everything seasoning, slathered in cream cheese and topped with salmon.

The puff pastry has a perfect everything border. It’s the best! I first started making my own everything seasoning when testing recipes for Seriously Delish. It’s easy to make and you can store it in your pantry. I love that you can make a huge batch of it and have it for everyday use. 

Likewise, you could just buy the jarred version too – whichever works for you. 

This everything smoked salmon tart is perfect for brunch! Puff pastry sprinkled with everything seasoning, slathered in cream cheese and topped with salmon.

After the pastry is baked, you slather the whole dang thing with cream cheese. WHIPPED cream cheese. This is important! You gotta use the whipped version. First, the pastry is so flakey and delicate that it’s difficult to spread anything on top. Second, the whipped cream cheese is lightly and fluffier and makes the spreading part easier. 

Not to mention, you want it to look pretty. But don’t worry about removing some of the flakey bits. You’re going to cover the cream cheese up anyway!

This everything smoked salmon tart is perfect for brunch! Puff pastry sprinkled with everything seasoning, slathered in cream cheese and topped with salmon.

Then!

We finally top it with smoked salmon.

A sprinkling of pickled onions, or if you’re in a pinch, very thinly sliced red onion.

Some dill or other delicious herbs you love.

Capers! You know I love that briney punch. 

Maybe one more pinch of everything seasoning.

And definitely a big squeeze of fresh lemon.

This everything smoked salmon tart is perfect for brunch! Puff pastry sprinkled with everything seasoning, slathered in cream cheese and topped with salmon.

THIS IS SO GOOD.

So lovely for a brunch or a lunch or just a snack on the weekend. It’s easy and delish and different enough from your regular old bagel.

It’s crispy and crunchy and everything I love so much.

This everything smoked salmon tart is perfect for brunch! Puff pastry sprinkled with everything seasoning, slathered in cream cheese and topped with salmon.

Everything Smoked Salmon Tart

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Everything Smoked Salmon Tart

This everything smoked salmon tart is perfect for brunch! Puff pastry sprinkled with everything seasoning, slathered in cream cheese and topped with salmon.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author How Sweet Eats

Ingredients

  • 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed if frozen
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons everything seasoning (recipe below)
  • 1 large egg + 1 teaspoon water, lightly beaten for egg wash
  • 2/3 cup whipped cream cheese
  • 3 to 4 ounces smoked salmon
  • quick pickled onions, for garnish
  • fresh dill, for sprinkling
  • capers, for garnish
  • thinly sliced lemon

my everything seasoning

  • 2 tablespoons dried minced onion
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds (I also added in black sesame here!)
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon flaked sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil.
  • Place a sheet of puff pastry on the baking sheet. Poke holes all over the puff pastry with a fork. Brush the entire thing with the egg wash. Sprinkle the edges of the sheet with the everything seasoning.
  • Bake the puff pastry for 20 to 25 minutes, until it’s golden brown and puffy, If it’s puffed up a lot in the center, you can poke it with a fork to deflate it a bit.
  • Let the pastry cool slightly. Gently spread the cream cheese over the tart. This will be tricky because it will lift a few flakey bits from the top of the pastry, but that’s okay! That’s why it is important to use whipped cream cheese - it is light and fluffy and not as heavy as the non-whipped cream cheese.
  • Layer the smoked salmon on top of the cream cheese. Sprinkle on the pickled onions, fresh dill, capers and another pinch of everything seasoning. Add on a squeeze of fresh lemon. Slice and serve!

my everything seasoning

  • Stir everything together until combined. This makes extra so store it sealed in your pantry!

This everything smoked salmon tart is perfect for brunch! Puff pastry sprinkled with everything seasoning, slathered in cream cheese and topped with salmon.

It’s everything! Literally.

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