Oven roasted lemon butter salmon tossed through pasta and finished with fresh herbs is a fabulous easy dinner. Baked Lemon Butter Salmon Pasta is a fuss free, restaurant quality meal!

Lemon Butter Salmon Pasta in a baking dish with two wooden spoons

Salmon is my favourite fish, so I’m always looking for new ways to use it in recipes. My “go to” way of cooking salmon is in a skillet with some kind of sauce, or rubbed with a spice mix then grilled on the BBQ or cooked as an easy sheet pan salmon meal. Mmmm…

What I don’t do enough is roasted salmon. So today I want to share a slightly different way of cooking with salmon – roasting it with lemon, butter and garlic, then tossing it through pasta.

Lemon Butter Salmon Pasta in serving dish with asparagus

This salmon pasta starts with salmon roasted with lemon, butter and garlic. Cook it through so it’s still nice and juicy inside but with a nice bit of browning on the surface.

Then flake the salmon – into fairly big chunks, remembering that the salmon will break up a bit more as you toss it with the pasta.

Add the pasta and toss gently, dispersing the salmon throughout it and most importantly, coating it in all those GORGEOUS ROASTING JUICES!!!!

Collage picture of Lemon Butter Salmon being cooked

I like to hit it with some more fresh lemon juice at the end, and also toss through some lovely fresh herbs. I’ve used dill and parsley here, a pretty classic flavor combination with herbs. But this will work with almost any fresh herb – like basil, chives, oregano.

Overhead picture of Baked Lemon Butter Salmon Pasta with asparagus

You may have noticed that there is no parmesan on this pasta. That’s because traditionally, parmesan is not used in seafood pasta. I am guessing the history behind this is that parmesan has a fairly strong flavor so it can detract from the delicate flavors of seafood – which make sense.

But that’s never stopped me! So while I haven’t shown parmesan in these photos, you should most definitely feel free to garnish away as much as you want!

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Baked Lemon Butter Salmon Pasta

A fabulous easy dinner – oven roasted lemon butter salmon tossed through pasta and finished with fresh herbs. Fuss free, restaurant quality meal!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Nagi

Ingredients  

SALMON

  • 1 pound salmon skinless and boneless – one piece or multiple pieces
  • 2 garlic cloves finely sliced
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper

PASTA

  • ½ pound fettuccine or other pasta of choice, cooked per packet directions
  • ¼ cup dill and parsley finely chopped, combination, or just one of them*

FINISHING

  • More lemon
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 390°F.
  • Place salmon in a small baking dish. Sprinkle both sides with salt and pepper.
  • Top with butter and garlic, drizzle over lemon and olive oil.
  • Bake for 15 minutes or until salmon is just cooked through.
  • Cool for a few minutes, then flake into large chunks – it will break up more when tossing.
  • Add pasta and herbs into the pan. Toss gently to coat pasta with pan juices.
  • Add more lemon if desired. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Serve immediately! Traditionally, seafood pastas are not garnished with parmesan but you can do so if you wish.

Notes

*This will work with almost any fresh herb – like basil, chives, oregano.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 516 | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 140mg | Sodium: 65mg | Potassium: 727mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 655IU | Vitamin C: 7.3mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 2.2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Dinner
Cuisine American

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  1. Love this. Even my 1-year old liked it. It’s easy and delicious. Though I used dried basil, oregano and parsley since I don’t have fresh ones.
    Thanks for sharing.5 stars

  2. Oh My Goodness Nagi!! ❤️❤️❤️

    I discovered you a few days ago on your site when I was looking for salad dressings. I love your recipes and will be trying them. Today I was casually looking at random sites for salmon pasta recipes and imagine my surprise to find you’re the author of this! Of course the author of a sensible no frills recipe is you. I can already tell this would be awesome so thank you in advance!

    Regards to Dozer!

  3. My family enjoyed this dish. I just made it for dinner tonight and they loved it. My 8 year old asked to have it for her birthday dinner. :-)5 stars

  4. This was very good and easy to make. I added mushrooms and a leek when cooking the salmon. My husband and I both enjoyed it. I will make it again. Thank you5 stars

  5. This was soooo yummy! I added some spinach leaves and some mushrooms as I had them in the fridge and all the flavours were just delish! I totally added the parmesan cheese too and worked for me + a little parsley. Thank you for sharing! I’ll be making this again for sure.5 stars

  6. This was super yummy! I used fresh basil and spinach instead of dill and parsley. I also ended up using less salmon as it seemed to be a lot after I cooked it. My salmon had skin and bones so that made it a little more challenging to chunk and mix with pasta. I will definitely make it again but probably add less butter next time.5 stars

  7. I never comment on these but this was SO YUMMY and so easy to make!

    * I used finely chopped cilantro in place of the suggested herbs as I had fresh cilantro on hand and it worked beautifully.5 stars

  8. Very satisfying. Added a little extra olive oil in the pan under the salmon, also sprinkled the salmon with onion powder in addition to other ingredients. Used 4 smaller salmon fillets (cheap frozen kind) and just about a pound of pasta to stretch the meal. Used dry herbs (half and half basil and parsley with a smidge of oregano) sauteed in a little butter very quickly since I didn’t have fresh. Did toss in extra lemon juice at the end and parmesan too just because I like parmesan. On the table in about 20 minutes with stuff I had in my cabinet.5 stars

  9. I was looking for a salmon dish that used ingredients that I already had in the house and I came across this one.  I was really impressed by how good it was and how quick and easy it was to make. Thanks for this recipe!

  10. Can this be made the night before and will re-heating ruin it the next day?

    It looks so Amazingly yummy!!

  11. This was so good!! I made it because it looked yummy but didn’t think my family would like it. They surprised me, they loved it and are fighting over who gets the leftovers for lunch tomorrow!!!!!5 stars

  12. Both hubby and I LOVED it! We sprinkled feta cheese, and it was superb, very satisfying. This goes into my recipe collection. Thanks!5 stars