Smoked Salmon and Lemon Pasta

smoked salmon and lemon pasta in black bowl

smoked salmon and lemon pasta in black bowl


Smoked salmon and lemon pasta is rich and ever so tasty. The luxurious cream, butter, parmesan and lemon sauce bathes the pasta with just enough coating, not swimming, just bathing! Coupled with a generous amount of smoked salmon and plenty of chives all finished off with freshly ground black pepper. Perfect!

We love to serve this smoked salmon and lemon pasta when the weather is just turning from autumn into winter. Itʼs comfort food, delicious and whilst not a recipe for every week definitely one to make for ease and something about smoked salmon says rich and luxurious.

The sauce 

Technically the sauce is a part French based sauce beurre monte, with the addition of lemon juice and parmesan is super easy to make. Adding the butter piece by piece allows the sauce to emulsify and adding a tablespoon at a time is the way to success.



Look for salmon ‘offcutsʼ or ‘trimmingsʼ which are invariably sold for a third of the price of premium sliced salmon. Salmon offcuts are what we used to make this smoked salmon and lemon pasta, and because the cost is so cheap for a luxury fish we can afford to be extremely generous in the amount of salmon used.

smoked salmon and lemon pasta with the pasta added into the sauce with tongs
adding fettuccine to the sauce


Don’t leave out the chives. They bring a lot of flavour to the smoked salmon and lemon pasta sauce with their delicate onion flavour

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smoked salmon and lemon pasta in black bowl
Yield: 4 serves

Smoked Salmon and Lemon Pasta

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 12 ounces (350 g) fettuccine or other long pasta
  • 3 ounces (85 g) chilled salted butter cut into 6 pieces
  • 1 cup heavy (thickened ) cream
  • 2 tablespoons finely grated lemon zest
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • fresh ground pepper to taste
  • 1 bunch chives cut into 1 inch (2 1/2 cm) pieces
  • 9 ounces (250 grams) smoked salmon cut into small pieces
  • 1 cup reserved pasta cooking water


  • cook pasta according to manufacturers direction till just al dentesee notes
  • meanwhile pour cream into heavy based pan and heat to a simmer
  • add lemon zest and stir through
  • add butter one piece at a time and whisk till melted, then add the next piece
  • continue whisking gently till all of the butter has been added
  • stir in lemon juice and parmesan and mix through the sauce
  • add chives and smoked salmon to the sauce
  • add drained pasta and reserved pasta cooking water
  • cook for a further 2-3 minutes till pasta is thoroughly coated with the sauce
  • grind fresh black pepper over pasta
  • serve and enjoy!


  • cook the pasta till just al dente as the pasta continues cooking in the sauce

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 1336Total Fat 79gSaturated Fat 22gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 50gCholesterol 366mgSodium 834mgCarbohydrates 24gFiber 2gSugar 1gProtein 124g

Nutritional information provided here is only intended as a guide.

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    1. Recipe Winners says:

      Hi Brian, thanks for commenting, we’re glad you like the post. Regards, Jo and Jen

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