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How to make Salmon Fillet on Pasta with Spinach and Cherry Tomatoes

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When we returned from Manila, my suitcase bulged with issues of FOOD Magazines and cookbooks I received as gifts for my Doreen G. Fernandez food writing award. I couldn’t wait to get cooking, as I went over the glossy pages from this delightful food magazine I am privileged to be a contributor for. So I zeroed in on cooking an easy Salmon Fillet on Pasta with Spinach and Cherry Tomatoes.

My son, Constante beat me to the kitchen, though. He found the Salmon Pasta recipe in one of the magazines and got dinner started. The citrus aromas from the sizzling salmon fillet he pan fried while he got the pasta boiling, were unbelievable. This dinner was definitely a winner.

Here’s what Constante had to say after cooking this Salmon Pasta for us:

“The salmon spaghetti with spinach and tomato came from my desire for a lighter pasta dish that didn’t skimp on full aromatic flavors. For a twist, I added fresh spinach and vine-ripened New Jersey tomatoes. As with most of my recipes, improvisation and a certain spontaneity was key in making a dish that I can enjoy with my friends and family, without having to think too hard or spend ungodly lengths of time in the kitchen.

I may make this Salmon Pasta dish again and will add some fresh, chopped parsley and the nutty flavors of cumin seeds, with lavish amounts of extra virgin olive oil and a hint of lime juice. Suggested pairing: serve with sliced avocados to compliment the flavors in the salmon if you wish.”

Salmon Fillet on Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes and Spinach

My son, Constante outdid me in the kitchen when he cooked this superb Salmon Fillet on Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes and Spinach . The salmon fillet was easy to pan sear, yet had simple, wholesome, nourishing flavors when mixed into the hearty pasta. He added a few cups of fresh spinach, some sweet New Jersey tomatoes and it made an awesome salmon with pasta and vegetable dinner.  Adapted from “FOOD Magazine" (Manila,Philippines) from a recipe by Tina Concepcion Diaz, as written in ‘The Joy of Eating’ by Angeli De Rivera. This recipe made 2 to 4 servings.


  • 1 pound Salmon fillet
  • 3/4 cup divided extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 whole head peeled, minced garlic
  • 2 cups washed, each sliced in half cherry tomatoes
  • juice from 2 whole fresh lemons
  • 2 cups washed, edges trimmed fresh spinach
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper powder
  • 8 ounces cooked according to package directions spaghetti pasta
  • for topping freshly-grated parmesan cheese
  • for garnish fresh lemon slices


  • Cook spaghetti pasta according to package directions in a pot of boiling water with a pinch of salt. This should take 8 to 10 minutes to cook al dente. When done, drain pasta and set aside.
  • In a large pan, over medium high heat, pan fry the salmon fillet in 4 tablespoons olive oil until cooked. This should take 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from pan and flake the salmon fillet. Set aside for later use.
  • Using the same pan, add the remaining olive oil. Saute the garlic and cherry tomatoes. Add the lemon juice. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes till tomatoes get slightly soft.
  • Add the spinach and cook for 1 minute. Do not let the spinach wilt. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Toss in the cooked spaghetti pasta. Return the flaked salmon fillet. Blend well so that all ingredients fully coat the pasta. Top with parmesan cheese. Garnish with lemon slices. Serve warm.
  • Photography credits: Salmon Pasta in Olive Oil dish by Constante G. Quirino.
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  1. This looks really good! I have one small fillet of salmon that will not be enough as a main, but this can be a great dish for just three of us (husband is in Tokyo for business – so not fair!). Thanks for the recipe. I have to get spinach and can’t wait to try this!

    1. Thanks, Nami! It’s always so nice to start the day with a kind comment from you 🙂 Yes, do try this. Your family will enjoy the flavors – simple and nourishing, but doesn’t overwhelm your senses. The citrus flavors of lemon on the salmon and pasta, plus the vegetables are all wonderful. Thanks for taking the time to blog-visit 🙂

  2. Elizabeth, this dish looks healthy and simple to make. I love that it is complete with protein, veggies, and starch! Being partial to rice, I’ll probably substitute the spaghetti… thank you 🙂

    1. Hi, Catherine! Thanks for the kind comments. You’re right, this was a complete all-in-one meal. I’m always happy when friends like you stop by to leave me the nicest feedback, and even better with a promise to try the recipe. Please go try it on rice and let me know how it turns out. All the best to you and your family 🙂

  3. I love salmon with pasta. I particularly like using penne with salmon. This one looks yummy especially with those cherry tomatoes. YUMMY!

  4. Congratulations on the Food Writing Award!! Very well deserved.

    Your son is following in your culinary footsteps and wonderfully so. Happy Birthday to him!

  5. Wow I’m impressed! My oldest son has been learning to cook for himself this year and it’s amazing to see how quickly he has picked cooking up (out of necessity ;)).

    1. Thanks, Jeanette. Keep encouraging your son to cook and he’ll soon come up with his own creations. You’ll be thrilled! Thanks for the kind comments and the blog visit. Hope you get to try this healthy and hearty pasta dish!

  6. I am making this right now. I can already tell it’s going to be delicious! Thank you for sharing. Also, I think it is lovely that you take time to reply to us :). K

    1. Thanks, Krystala. It is always heartwarming to hear back from friends who follow and cook my recipes. It makes my day. Enjoy this recipe, a favorite of my son 🙂

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