SAHD Recipe – Salmon Garlic Butter Pasta

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Hey everyone! Welcome to another installment of the SAHD recipe. Today, we’ll make my go-to salmon dish – salmon garlic butter pasta. This dish is super easy to make and my family loves it. You can also customize the noodles the way you like. I usually just make garlic butter noodles because it’s very easy. Check it out!

*See video at the end of the post!


Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes


This makes about 3 servings.

  • 1 pound of salmon. Here, I used a package of frozen salmon fillet. I can get a 16 oz bag for about $5. That’s really cheap for salmon.
  • 4-5 cloves of garlic, minced.
  • 1/2 pack pasta – I used spaghetti from Trader Joe. Italy import spaghetti is perfect for this recipe. I find Italian pasta has better chew than regular noodles at the grocery store.
  • Seasoning – butter, salt, and pepper.
  • Optional – a squeeze of lemon, chives, and parmesan cheese.


  • a pan – I love my Lodge carbon steel pan. It’s much better than a typical nonstick pan and I can use a metal spatula on it. It’s also oven save so I can finish dishes off in the oven.

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  1. Put the pan on the stove and turn the heat up to medium. Once the pan warms up, add some oil. Meanwhile, set the oven to 350 degrees. Also, heat up a pot of water on the stove to cook the noodles later.
  2. Arrange the salmon on the pan. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Cook until the skin starts to crisp. This takes about 3-4 minutes but it really depends on the stove.
  4. Once the salmon skin looks good, put the pan in the oven to finish cooking. This takes about 7-8 minutes. You can split the salmon to check the doneness if you need to. That’s the beauty of this recipe. The salmon doesn’t have to stay intact.
  5. While the salmon is in the oven, cook the spaghetti al dente. Don’t overcook it.
  6. Once the salmon is done, take it out of the oven. Put the salmon on a plate and split them into big chunks with 2 forks.
  7. Put the pan on the stove and turn the heat to medium. Add butter and garlic. I use about 1/4 of a stick but you can use more or less. It depends on what you like. If you use more noodles, then you need more butter.
  8. Cook the garlic for about a minute.
  9. Add noodles and mix well. Season with salt and pepper.
  10. Add salmon and mix a little more.
  11. Add a squeeze of lemon and maybe more butter as needed.
  12. Done!


  • Serve in a wide bowl or a nice plate.
  • Add some fresh chives and parmesan cheese on top if you have some.
  • Enjoy!

Video at YouTube

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