Yield: Serves 6

Blackened Salmon Pasta

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Creamy Tuscan Garlic Blackened Salmon Pasta has a cheesy garlic sauce with cherry tomatoes and fresh spinach! Serve over pasta for a restaurant quality meal in under 30 minutes!


For the salmon

  • 1 ½ pound salmon fillet (or 3-4 individual salmon steaks/fillets)
  • 2 Tablespoons smoky paprika
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground white pepper
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1½ teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted

For the sauce

  • 1 ½ cups chicken broth
  • 1 ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 4 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese
  • 3 cups fresh spinach
  • 1 ½ cups cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • ½ pound pasta, for serving


  1. Prepare pasta according to package directions
  2. In a small bowl you'll mix up your blackening seasoning. It includes paprika, cayenne pepper, salt, pepper, white pepper, and Italian seasoning. Turn on broiler.
  3. Using a cast iron skillet or a skillet that can go under the broiler, place your salmon in the skillet, skin side down. Brush salmon with melted butter and press seasoning mix all over the salmon. If your salmon has skin on, only season the flesh side. Before cooking flip your salmon to skin side up. Broil for 3 minutes. Remove from oven and flip salmon to skin side down.
  4. Cook an additional 7 minutes, until salmon is cooked and flakes easily with a fork. Depending on the thickness of your salmon, you may need to cook longer. Try to purchase salmon that is equal in thickness.
  5. Remove from oven and remove salmon from skillet. If your fish has skin on, remove skin at this point.
  6. Return skillet to stove top to prepare the creamy garlic sauce. Add the heavy cream, chicken broth, 4 cloves of pressed garlic, salt and pepper, and parmesan cheese. Whisk over medium high heat until bubbly. It won't take long for your sauce to thicken over medium high heat. 
  7. Once thickened, add in spinach and tomatoes and cook for a few minutes until spinach has wilted down. Add the salmon to the large skillet over medium heat and cook for a few minutes until warmed up again. 
  8. Season with salt and pepper as desired.
  9. Serve over a bed of pasta and enjoy!


  • Choose salmon filets of even thickness. The thickness determines how long the fish takes to cook, so thicker filets may need a little more time under the broiler.
  • I use a cast iron skillet to broil the salmon. Then I use the same skillet to cook the sauce to minimize the number of dishes I have to wash!
  • Cook your pasta while the salmon is broiling to save time.
  • For an even quicker meal, broil the salmon in a separate pan and make the sauce while it's cooking. By the time the salmon is done cooking, the sauce and vegetables will be ready!
  • Nutrition Information:



    Serving Size:


    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 729Total Fat: 57gSaturated Fat: 29gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 23gCholesterol: 195mgSodium: 1265mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 36g

    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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