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A plate of creamy salmon pasta with lemon wedges and grated Parmesan cheese on the side.

Creamy Salmon Pasta

  • Author: The Cooking Jar
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 1x


This creamy salmon pasta with fresh spinach, lemon and capers in a creamy garlic white wine sauce is perfect for pasta or date night.


Units Scale
  • 1 lb. linguine
  • 2 salmon fillets (58 oz. each)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 medium garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/4 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 5 oz. baby spinach
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • Lemon wedges for serving
  • Fresh Parmesan for serving, shaved or grated


  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions until al dente.
  2. Season both sides of the salmon fillets with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Bake at 400°F for 15 minutes or until the salmon is no longer pink and the internal temperature reads 145° F.
  4. Melt butter over medium heat in a dutch oven or deep skillet.
  5. Add minced garlic and saute until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  6. Add heavy cream, wine, lemon zest and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Bring to a gentle boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 5 minutes until the sauce has thickened slightly.
  8. Add in cooked pasta, spinach and capers. Stir and simmer until the spinach is cooked, about 2 minutes.
  9. Flake the salmon into bite-sized pieces and gently toss the salmon in with the pasta.
  10. Dish and serve hot with lemon wedges and Parmesan cheese.
  11. Enjoy!


  • Switch the spinach – If you don’t like spinach, try substituting it with fresh basil or chopped asparagus spears.
  • Make a creamier sauce – This recipe makes a very light creamy sauce. If you prefer a thicker creamy sauce, try adding some freshly grated Parmesan cheese to the sauce while simmering which will give it an Alfredo-like taste.
  • Add some heat – Add a few dashes of red pepper flakes for some heat.
  • Scroll up to RECIPE TIPS for more useful tips, suggestions and ingredient substitutions.
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins