Mix up your midweek meals with this one-pot Smoked Salmon Crème Fraîche Pasta. It's super simple with just 6 ingredients but with rich smoked salmon and crème fraîche mixed with tangy lemon and dill, there's no compromise on flavor. Easy enough for everyday dinners, it’s also fancy enough for company or date night.
Why You Should Try Pasta with Smoked Salmon and Crème Fraîche
- Cooked in under 20 minutes, this is hands down one of the fastest and easiest recipes you can make.
- Kids always seem to love smoked salmon! In my experience it's a great way to help them be more open minded about eating fish in general.
- Despite being one of the easiest family dishes I cook, this recipe is seriously impressive. It's also great for a date night. If you love simple but flavorsome pasta dishes have you tried my creamy mushroom carbonara?
- It's the perfect way to use up any leftover smoked salmon you might have hiding in your fridge.
How do you make creamy Smoked Salmon Pasta?
Full recipe card with measurements is below.
It couldn't be easier!
First boil the pasta in salted water. Cook the peas in the same water and drain everything together.
Then tip the pasta and peas back into the same pot for minimal dishes.
Stir in the crème fraîche and lemon juice, and lastly gently fold in the salmon and dill.
Award yourself a medal, you're done.
What can I use instead of Crème Fraîche?
Crème rraîche (pronounced Krem Fresh) is basically French sour cream, but is thicker, richer and tastes less tangy than the version we use.
It also has a higher fat content, which makes it perfect for cooking, since it's less likely to curdle.
Regular sour cream makes a great substitute for crème fraîche - and you can use it in a ratio of 1:1.
Heavy cream (aka double cream) also makes a nice alternative. You may not need quite as much, so you should add it slowly and stop when the pasta feels 'saucy' enough.
Yogurt won't work as well in this recipe since the fat content is much lower and it may split when added to the hot pasta.
What other substitutions to the recipe can I make?
I used farfalle pasta but this dish is also great with tagliatelle or spaghetti. Any pasta shapes work.
I didn't add parmesan cheese to my dish but you absolutely could if you're a big fan.
Tips For Making the best Smoked Salmon Crème Fraîche Pasta
- If you like your pasta citrussy, I love to squeeze some extra lemon wedges over the finished dish.
- Make sure that you don't add too much salt to this dish without tasting! Remember smoked fish can be quite salty to begin with so go easy.
How To Serve Smoked Salmon Pasta with Crème Fraîche?
This is honestly enough of a meal to serve on it's own and even has some veggies included. But if you want to make it part of a larger meal, a green salad with a simple vinaigrette always goes well with pasta.
Can You Reheat Smoked Salmon Crème Fraîche Pasta?
Smoked salmon pasta is one of those dishes which really should be eaten immediately. What a shame, you'll have to grab another bowl 😉
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More Easy Under 30 Minute Meal Ideas
Smoked Salmon Crème Fraîche Pasta
- 1 lb Pasta - any shape
- 1 cup Frozen Peas
- 7½ oz Crème Fraîche -
- ½ Lemon - juice only
- 8 oz Smoked Salmon - cut into ribbons
- 1 tbsp Fresh Dill
- Sea Salt and Black Pepper
- Lemon Wedges
- Bring a medium saucepan of salted water to the boil.
- Cook the pasta until al dente according to packet instructions. Add the frozen peas to the pasta for the last 2 minutes of the cooking time.
- Drain and place pasta and peas back into the pan.
- Gently stir in the crème fraîche and lemon juice. Season well with sea salt and pepper.
- Carefully fold in the strips of smoked salmon and dill fronds.
- Serve immediately with the lemon wedges if using.
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