Smoked Salmon, Red Onion, Fennel & Caper Gluten-Free Pasta

May 22, 2019

By Anna Varriano

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This dish is easy, delicious, and can be prepared in 20 minutes. If you like the classic combo of salmon, onions, and capers, you’ll love this dish! I first made this dish to use up way too much leftover smoked salmon, sliced onions, and capers from a platter I had prepared for a big party I had hosted the night before! Since then, I don’t wait to have leftover smoked salmon to make it! You can also use fresh salmon, or left over baked/grilled salmon. This recipe makes 2 to 3 servings.

To have this dish come together in 20 minutes, check the cook time on the pasta you are going to use and plan the rest accordingly. The pasta I used took about 8 minutes to to cook, so I got it into boiling water as soon as I started the sauteing part of ‘Step 1’ below!

You Will Need

  • 2 cups of uncooked/dry pasta. I used GoGo Quinoa Cauliflower Fusilli that I bought at Costco. Note that organic brown rice flour and organic quinoa flour are the first two ingredients of this pasta.
  • 120 grams of smoked salmon pulled/cut into bite-size(ish) pieces
  • 1/2 cup of diced or thinly sliced red onion
  • 1/2 cup diced or thinly sliced fennel bulb (if you don’t have or don’t like fennel, this dish is still yummy without it.
  • 2 to 3 TBSP of capers (suit your taste)
  • 2 TBSP of olive oil (or 1 TBSP each olive oil and butter – suit your taste)
  • fresh parsley, or dill, or fennel fronds as optional garnish

Step 1: Prepping

  • Get pasta water boiling in a large pot
  • Get all other ingredients together
  • Once you have chopped/diced/prepped onions, fennel, and salmon, add pasta to boiling water and set a timer for desired pasta cooking time. Meanwhile ….
  • In a skillet, heat oil/butter over medium heat
  • Add onions, fennel, and capers
  • Sautee for 5 to 7 minutes, or until onions and fennel become translucent/softened

Step 3: Add Salmon

  • Add salmon to skillet and toss with other ingredients
  • If you are using smoked salmon, you barely need a minute to have it warmed/cooked through. If you are using raw salmon, cook it to your desired level of done-ness. Take skillet off heat when salmon is done. If you timed things properly, your pasta should be cooked! If it’s not, no biggie – you can warm everything up again in the next step.

Step 4: Putting It All Together

  • Drain and rinse pasta.
  • Toss into skillet with salmon, onions, fennel, and capers until well mixed. Return to heat if necessary to warm everything up!
  • To serve, spoon into pasta bowls, drizzle with olive oil and garnish with fresh parsley, and/or fennel fronds (they look and taste similar to dill!), and/or whatever you’d like to suit your taste!


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