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All Recipes, Main Dishes / May 17, 2021

One-Pan Creamy Salmon Pasta | Easy, Healthy & Done in 30 Minutes

Today, we have another one-pan pasta dish that is packed with flavors and done in 30 minutes. We´re talking a One-Pan Creamy Salmon Pasta. This pasta dish is easy to make, super healthy and made with simple ingredients.

One-Pan Creamy Salmon Pasta
The beauty of this pasta dish, is that the pasta is cooked in the same pan as the rest of the ingredients. Which means, the starch in the pasta stays in the dish, which gives it the most incredible flavor.

One-Pan Creamy Salmon Pasta
This is the perfect dish for a quick weeknight dinner or for a relaxed weekend lunch, next to a bottle of Spanish wine. Either way, the flavors are amazing and the clean up is super easy.

One-Pan Creamy Salmon Pasta
TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: To give this pasta dish that beautiful creamy texture, I used Greek yogurt instead of heavy cream. The secret? Make sure to add in your Greek yogurt at room temperature. Otherwise it can easily curd.

One-Pan Creamy Salmon Pasta

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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5 from 13 votes

One-Pan Creamy Salmon Pasta

Course Main Course
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 938 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 30 ml
  • 15 oz fresh salmon 500 grams
  • 1/2 onion finely diced
  • 4 cloves garlic roughly minced
  • 1/2 tsp sweet smoked Spanish paprika 1.30 grams
  • 15 oz can diced tomatoes 400 grams
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped parsley 8 grams
  • 2 cups water 473 ml
  • 2 cups uncooked penne pasta 200 grams
  • 2 cups bagged fresh spinach chopped 100 grams
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt 125 grams
  • sea salt & black pepper


  1. Heat a large fry pan with a medium-high heat and add in 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

  2. Cut a 15 oz piece of fresh salmon into 2 fillets, season with sea salt & black pepper

  3. After heating the olive oil for 2 minutes, add in the fillets of salmon, skin side up, using a spatula push down on the fillets for 30 seconds, after 3 minutes flip to cook the other side, after a total cooking time of 6 minutes remove the salmon fillets from the pan, set aside and cover with foil paper

  4. Using the same pan with the same heat, add in 1/2 onion finely diced and 4 cloves garlic roughly minced, mix with the olive oil, after 2 minutes add in a generous 1/2 tsp sweet smoked paprika and quickly mix together, then add in a 15 oz can diced tomatoes, 2 tbsp finely chopped parsley and season with sea salt & black pepper, mix together, then add in 2 cups cold water and bring to a boil, then add in 2 cups uncooked penne pasta and mix around so the pasta is evenly distributed

  5. Meanwhile, flake the reserved salmon and remove the skin

  6. After 9 to 10 minutes and most of water has been absorbed by the pasta but there is still some water left, add in 2 cups chopped bagged spinach and the salmon, cover the pan with a lid and lower the heat to a low-medium, simmer for 4 minutes, then turn off the heat and remove the lid

  7. After letting the pasta cool off for about 1 minute, add in 1/2 cup greek yogurt at room temperature, season the yogurt with black pepper and mix everything together until well combined, sprinkle with freshly chopped parsley and serve at once, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
One-Pan Creamy Salmon Pasta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 938 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Fat 30g46%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 8g
Monounsaturated Fat 15g
Cholesterol 119mg40%
Sodium 463mg20%
Potassium 2028mg58%
Carbohydrates 100g33%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 65g130%
Vitamin A 3733IU75%
Vitamin C 37mg45%
Calcium 231mg23%
Iron 7mg39%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Mike Wade

    5 stars
    Just discovered your channel and love the recipes. I’m trying to cook heart healthy recipes for my wife and we noticed trans fat in this recipe. Do you know where it’s coming from?

    23 . Feb . 2024
    • Spain on a Fork

      The nutrition is just an estimate, there should be no trans fat, as there is nothing processed 🙂 Much love!

      24 . Feb . 2024
  2. BobbyV

    5 stars
    I’ve never been comfortable with cooking raw pasta along with the main ingredients, so I boiled the pasta before adding it to the dish. This is a fantastic blend of flavors.

    10 . Feb . 2024
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great! Glad you enjoyed it 🙂 Much love

      11 . Feb . 2024
  3. Debbie

    Want to make One-Pan Creamy Salmon Pasta for my Bunco group. What are the amounts of the ingredients if I want it to serve 12?

    12 . Sep . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      This recipe feeds about 4, so just triple the recipe and you should be good! Much love 🙂

      12 . Sep . 2023
  4. Mike

    5 stars
    A version of this with potatoes and sour cream instead of Greek yoghurt. Still Nice! And I realised we didn’t have a ton of tomatoes so used passata and added fresh tomatoes with the spinach. Different recipe almost 😅

    27 . Apr . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great! Muuch love 🙂

      27 . Apr . 2023
  5. Ayse

    5 stars
    I made this last night, added slivered green olives and some capers. It was delicious. Easy recipe and very tasty. Thanks so much.

    14 . Dec . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great! Much love 🙂

      16 . Dec . 2022
  6. jen

    saw you on youtube, and just made this – so easy and delicious! i love the lightened up greek (used full fat) yogurt, still has all the body of cream. have you tried any meal prep videos?

    19 . Jun . 2022
  7. El

    Is this Meal a healthy meal? I want to use it as Meal prep during the week!

    28 . May . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      It´s filled with heathly fats, I would consider it a healthy option, but I am not a nutritionist 🙂 much love

      28 . May . 2022
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  10. arianna

    5 stars
    currently making this for me and my dad. super excited to try it out! just turned off the heat and am letting the pasta and salmon cool down before adding the yogurt, but it’s safe to say that I feel really proud of myself! thanks for the super clear instructions and ingredients! much love

    05 . May . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Much love 🙂

      05 . May . 2022
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  12. Conny

    5 stars
    This became one of my standard meals. Made it in all variations: with salmon as suggested, but also with shrimps or chicken, whatever was available. My favorite is the original. Great recipe. Thank you!

    04 . Feb . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Much love 🙂

      06 . Feb . 2022
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  14. Kare-bear

    I have made this so many times… I use sour cream instead of greek yogurt buts someday I will try it!
    Love this site and also the Youtube videos! Thanks!

    29 . Sep . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love!

      30 . Sep . 2021
  15. Dave

    5 stars
    Made this the other day for my wife and I and it was a huge success! Very simple to make and incredibly tasty, so full of flavour. Thank you so much for this recipe Albert, I shall be trying a bunch of your other recipes after this one turned out so delicious!

    28 . Sep . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that Dave! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      30 . Sep . 2021
  16. Michelle Ahmed

    Do you happen to know what the calories ate in this recipe?? This look so good and would like to try it

    18 . Aug . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      Nutrition information has just been posted on the recipe 🙂 much love

      19 . Aug . 2021
  17. Rosa Duarte

    5 stars
    I would love to try this recipe but I can’t eat dairy, do you think I could try plain soya yogurt?

    15 . Jul . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      Absolutely, though it won´t be as creamy 🙂 much love

      17 . Jul . 2021
  18. Chris A

    5 stars
    Hey again!
    So I definitely think you’re right and I bought bad salmon! I’m a bit new to seafood and I think my grocery store here in Canada probably did not provide me with very fresh salmon! I definitely thought it tasted too fishy.

    I will try again!

    27 . Jun . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great Chris 🙂 much love

      28 . Jun . 2021
  19. Chris A

    5 stars
    Hey I made this today and I am worried that it tasted a lot fishier than I thought it would. I feel like maybe I used too much salmon but I used the amount on the recipe here, but the YouTube video looked like a lot less than what I used.

    I still gave it five stars because it was fun and easy to make and I still enjoyed it. But I guess I thought the fish taste wouldn’t be as strong.

    26 . Jun . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      The only thing I could say, is that they salmon you used was not that fresh, older salmon has more of a fishy flavor to it, so important to use the freshest fish to avoid that fishy flavor, much love 🙂

      26 . Jun . 2021
  20. Carmen Judith Arroyo

    Made this awesome meal today, and LOVED IT!! Agree with David Kropp, this serves 4, not two, but that’s good as left-overs are great when we have a busy schedule. Will be trying more of your recipes soon.

    12 . Jun . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      When I make it, it feeds two, but maybe we are just big eaters 🙂 glad you enjoy it! much love

      13 . Jun . 2021
  21. Felipe

    5 stars
    Caí en tu página mientras buscaba recetas para salmón. Esta receta time in valor de CERO puntos en el programa Weight Watcher!
    Ya la he usado 4 veces.
    Magnifica y saludable. Gracias

    06 . Jun . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      Cuanto me alegro Felipe! Un saludo 🙂

      06 . Jun . 2021
  22. Jim Johnson

    Made this for my wife on a camping trip this weekend. It was a huge hit! One pan dishes are great.

    25 . May . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      I am so happy to hear that! much love 🙂

      25 . May . 2021
  23. Amar Hussein

    5 stars
    Another brilliant recipe Albert, you’ve made such a difference to my family’s eating habits and we are embracing Spanish tastes – the Smoked Sweet Paprika, EVOO – heavenly.

    Just a question, can I substitute fresh Tuna steaks for Salmon using this method?

    19 . May . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      Yes you can use fresh tuna instead, just sear it for less amount of time as it cooks quicker 🙂 thanks for the comment! much love

      19 . May . 2021
  24. David Kropp

    5 stars
    This is a wonderful and very adaptable dish while still keeping the wonderful Spanish flavors. I didn’t have the seafood so I sautéed boneless, skinless chicken thighs then chopped them up. I didn’t have penne pasta so I used fusili, which worked wonderfully to grab hold of the sauce. Finally, I didn’t have Greek yogurt so I used regular plain yogurt instead. This is a very flavorful dish!

    Also, the recipe says it serves 2, but those would be VERY large portions. I got 4 nice portions when I made it, perfect with a nice salad for lunch.

    Thank you, Albert, for your wonderful recipes!

    18 . May . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy you enjoyed the dish, thanks for the comment David 🙂 much love

      18 . May . 2021
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  26. Ramya

    will be making this soon can i use mushrooms and coconut yogurt instead as am a vegan i love pasta soooooooooooooooo much perfect for my after office meals will dm you if i make this and let you know how it goes Thanks Ramya

    17 . May . 2021

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