Smoked Salmon and Lemon Thyme Spaghetti

This is my contribution to Express Cooking Event, organised by Mallugirl, in search for quick tasty dishes. ‘Good food takes time to cook’, says Mallugirl. True, and not true. Here is a simple but luxurious, extremely quick dish, that definitely falls into the category of good food! First of all, it’s extremely delicious, with its seductive creaminess, smokiness of the fish, garlic and lemon notes. Secondly, it’s good for you since it contains salmon, fish which is rich in omega 3! It contains cream (source of calcium), spaghetti (carbohydrate), olive oil, lemon and thyme! Yes, it is rather rich, but this is not an everyday dish anyway, but an occasional luxury. A perfect solution for special occasions when you have very very little time, like for example a visit from friends, or boyfriend! It’s a good ace to have up your sleeve!

It may seem like an expensive dish, but it doesn’t have to be, since you don’t need much salmon, because smoked salmon is very flavoursome. Also, you can use smoked salmon bits and offcuts if necessary. Smoked trout would also work well. You can play around with the herbs you use, too!

I got the recipe from an Italian friend, and adapted it slightly, by adding lemon thyme and lemon juice. As usual, my additions are in italics.  

smoked salmon and lemon thyme spaghetti

Smoked Salmon and Lemon Thyme Spaghetti


SOURCE: adapted from a recipe given by an Italian friend

PREPARATION TIME: less than 5 min! (can be done while the pasta is cooking)

COOKING TIME: 10 – 12 min

CUISINE: Italian



spaghetti for two ( ~ 175 g dry weight)

100 – 125 g smoked salmon

olive oil

2 cloves of garlic, sliced

a few sprigs of lemon thyme (optional, regular thyme can also be used)

100 ml single cream

a squeeze of lemon juice


1. Boil the spaghetti. My packet says 10 – 12 min to cook.

2. Meanwhile, chop the salmon in strips, and chop the garlic.

3. Five minutes before the pasta is cooked, start preparing the sauce. Fry garlic and lemon thyme in olive oil for few minutes. Don’t let the garlic brown!

garlic and lemon thyme

4. Add salmon. When it discoulours, add cream, and heat through. Add a squeeze of lemon juice.

5. Tip the spaghetti into the sauce and mix. Serve, and garnish with lemon thyme if you wish. Add more lemon if you like.

smoked salmon and lemon thyme spaghetti

Delicious, quick and easy! See above for more info!

smoked salmon and lemon thyme spaghetti


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  1. Wow, this looks awesome! I am definitely going to try this out sometime next week.


  2. Maninas

     /  12 October, 2007

    Thanks! Let me know how you like it! It’s one of my favourite and one of my fastest dishes!


  3. Okay, so I just made it with a few changes and I have to say, it was all that I hoped for and more! I made it a bit more alfredo sauce-ish and added parmesan to the cream to thicken it up a bit and also added cremini mushrooms. I’m going to have to blog about this one and give you credit, obviously.


  4. Maninas

     /  14 October, 2007

    Excellent! Glad you enjoyed it! What’s your blog’s name?


  5. it’s:

    I’ll write about it tomorrow and put a pic up! Thanks again for a great recipe. 🙂


  6. Maninas

     /  16 October, 2007

    mmmm like your version, too!


  7. Absolutely Wonderful and easy! Everyone loves it.
    I served it with a Romaine and Fennel salad and then a fresh berry Pavlova


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