Spring Lemon and Dill Salmon Pasta with Asparagus and Peas

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Spring Lemon and Dill Salmon Pasta with Asparagus and Peas

Spring is finally here! Post Easter we all feel like we should get back on track, limit chocolate intake and start eating better. Spring Lemon and Dill Salmon Pasta with Asparagus and Peas I have on offer for you today will be your perfect start. It is one of those dishes that feels really rich and indulgent but at the same time is full of good, body nourishing ingredients. It will make you feel good about the way you eat (as long as you stick to one portion that is). 😉

I am a huge fan of fish and seafood but salmon in particular. I love how versatile and rich it is and simply love the flavour! To top it off, all the omega-3 goodness that comes with it speaks for itself. Fresh salmon can be quite expensive but I tend to get 1kg filleted salmon sides when they are on offer. I then portion as needed and freeze.

Spring Lemon and Dill Salmon Pasta with Asparagus and PeasI have included couple of more indulgent ingredients in this recipe, like full fat creme fraiche  and spot of butter. If you feel the need to swap them for low fat options, by no means do it. You can even cut the butter out altogether if you wish without compromising this lovely pasta. It is such a versatile dish and you can adapt it according to seasons. However, with availability of first English asparagus, my task here was easy for this spring feel pasta. 🙂

I’m sure most of you know how to prepare asparagus but just in case it is your first time… Make sure you trim the bottom, woody ends of each stalk. The best way to do this is to bend each spear lightly and it should snap exactly in the right place, leaving you with tender tip and woody end separated.

I hope you enjoy my Spring Lemon and Dill Salmon Pasta with Asparagus and Peas as much as we did!

Spring Lemon and Dill Salmon Pasta with Asparagus and Peas

Serving Size: 4-6


  • 400g pasta of your choice (I've used whole wheat farfalle)
  • 500g fresh salmon fillet
  • 250g asparagus (woody ends trimmed, see blog post above)
  • 150g frozen peas
  • Juice of 1 lemon (save 1 Tbsp to pour over salmon fillet before baking)
  • 200g creme fraiche
  • small knob of unsalted butter (approx 10g)
  • 2 Tbsp of finely chopped dill + few extra sprigs for decoration if you'd like


  1. Dry salmon fillet and put it on baking tray lined with aluminium foil and lightly oiled. Pour 1 Tbsp of lemon juice over the fish and season with salt and pepper. Bake in the oven preheated to 180°C for approx 15-18 min.
  2. While salmon is baking, bring big pan of salted water up to boil and put in your trimmed asparagus for about 3 min until only just tender. Take asparagus out and set aside. Cook your pasta in boiling asparagus water according to instructions on the packet (make sure you save some water when draining your pasta).
  3. In another pan, melt butter (if using) and add frozen peas. Keep cooking them in butter or in the dry pan for couple of minutes. Add creme fraiche and stir well. Add all the lemon juice, stir well and cook gently for a few minutes until sauce warms through.
  4. Chop each asparagus spear into three roughly equal pieces and save very tips for decorating individual plates.
  5. Add chopped asparagus stalks to the sauce together with boiled pasta and one ladle full of pasta water (you might need to add a tad more depending on consistency of your sauce and how you like it).
  6. Flake baked salmon fillet and gently mix with the saucy pasta. Sprinkle chopped dill and stir well.
  7. Plate up and add some asparagus tips to each individual plate and extra sprig of dill to make it look pretty. 🙂
  8. Enjoy!

Spring Lemon and Dill Salmon Pasta with Asparagus and Peas


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  • Reply jacdotbee

    . This recipes sounds delicious!. Asparagus and salmon goes so well together. I’ve just made a simple dish using the two and will be posting on my blog next week so clearly great minds are think alike:)

    Thank you for sharing on #CookBlogShare

    April 22, 2017 at 10:13 pm
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Hi Jacqui 🙂 I do love this combination! Salmon and asparagus are perfect match! Looking forward to your recipe as well. Hope you have a lovely Sunday! x

      April 23, 2017 at 8:22 am
  • Reply mamagrace

    Yummy! Great for baby led weaning as well. #brillblogposts

    April 23, 2017 at 11:54 am
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thank you! 🙂 Oh absolutely, lots of picky bits for little hands 🙂

      April 23, 2017 at 1:10 pm
  • Reply Corina

    What a gorgeous spring dish! I think using creme fraiche for a little indulgence every now and again is fine and must make this lovely salmon and asparagus pasta dish really come together! Like you, I want to eat fresh sping ingredients at the moment and I’ll definitely be popping some asparagus into my shopping bag this week. Thank you so much for sharing with #CookOnceEatTwice!

    April 24, 2017 at 9:46 am
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thank you! Creme fraiche is definitely the ticket to a bit of indulgence in this dish 🙂 Lemon juice cuts through the richness of both salmon and creamy sauce so overall the dish feels quite light indeed. Leftovers are lovely for lunch the following day too 🙂 x

      April 24, 2017 at 11:42 am
  • Reply Katie Bryson

    This is Spring on a plate… the flavours are SO seasonal and deslih it cannot fail to put a smile on your face and fill your belly at the same time. Lush! Thanks again for hooking up with Simple and in Season this month xxx

    April 28, 2017 at 11:28 am
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      My pleasure 🙂 I’m glad you like it? It definitely is one of the “feel good”, yummy pasta pots 🙂 xxx

      April 28, 2017 at 1:13 pm
  • Reply HELEN

    that looks so good! I’m not a huge fan of fish but I don’t mind a bit of salmon – and I love asparagus & dill!

    May 2, 2017 at 8:32 pm
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thank you! I have been using dill quite a lot recently. It does give dishes that lovely freshness and here it works really well too.

      May 2, 2017 at 8:47 pm
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