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Lemony Salmon and Pasta Recipe
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Lemony Salmon and Pasta Recipe

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I served this at a small dinner party once, and it was so well received I've served it many times since. It has a zippy combination of flavors. The salmon veggies all complement each other. —Coleen Martin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour Broil: 15 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour Broil: 15 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 whole garlic bulb
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 5 tablespoons Cajun seasoning
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 salmon fillets (2 pounds), cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 3 plum tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, cut into 1/4-inch strips
  • 1 medium sweet yellow pepper, cut into 1/4-inch strips
  • 1 large red onion, sliced
  • 8 ounces uncooked penne pasta
  • 1/3 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 to 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Dash dried tarragon
  • Dash cayenne pepper
  • 1/3 cup pitted ripe olives
  • 1/4 cup sunflower kernels, toasted

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 565 calories, 35 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 87 mg cholesterol, 1,608 mg sodium, 35 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 28 g protein.


  1. Cut top off garlic bulb, leaving root end intact. Place cut side up in a small ungreased baking dish; drizzle water around the garlic. Slowly drizzle 1 tablespoon oil into center of bulb. Cover and bake at 350° for 50-60 minutes or until garlic is very soft. Cool for 5 minutes. Squeeze softened garlic from skins; set aside.
  2. Combine the Cajun seasoning, honey and remaining oil; spoon half over the salmon. In a bowl, combine tomatoes, peppers and onion; add remaining honey mixture and toss to coat. Place salmon and vegetables on a greased broiler pan. Broil 3-4 in. from the heat for 6-8 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork and vegetables are crisp-tender.
  3. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions. In a saucepan, combine the first nine sauce ingredients; cook and stir until butter is melted. Drain the pasta. In a large serving bowl, gently toss pasta, lemon sauce, softened garlic, salmon and vegetables. Sprinkle with olives and sunflower kernels. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Lemony Salmon and Pasta in Country August/September 2004, p49

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 565 calories, 35 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 87 mg cholesterol, 1,608 mg sodium, 35 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 28 g protein.

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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Reviewed Sep. 17, 2015

"This was fantastic! We especially liked the way the flavors of the two sauces complemented each other yet stayed separate. I substituted maple syrup for part of the honey. I broiled the veggies for 4 minutes, then added the salmon for another 4. I didn't bother with the roasted garlic, just added about 1/2 tsp of garlic powder to the Cajun sauce. I had neither olives nor sunflower kernels and didn't miss them.

We're already looking forward to the next time I serve this dish."

Reviewed May. 2, 2012

"Very tasty! Would make it again but would use a sweet onion instead and sautee it in a little bit of olive oil to soften it up before broiling it with the other vegetables. I used whole wheat rotini pasta, and my family enjoyed it very much."

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