Spaghetti with hot-smoked salmon, rocket & capers

Spaghetti with hot-smoked salmon, rocket & capers

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(34 ratings)

Prep: 35 mins - 45 mins


Serves 4 - 6
A speedy and delicious dish

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving for six

  • kcal524
  • fat22g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs66g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre3g
  • protein20g
  • salt1.83g
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  • 125ml extra-virgin olive oil
  • 25g fresh white breadcrumb
  • 500g spaghetti
  • 2 garlic clove
  • 2 tiny dried bird's eye chilli, finely crumbled, or a quarter tsp crushed chillies



    Part of the capsicum family, chillies come in scores of varieties and colours (from green…

  • finely grated zest 1 lemon



    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • 4 tbsp caper in brine, drained



    Capers are the small flower buds of the Capparis shrub, which grows in the Mediterranean. As…

  • 85g rocket leaves



    Rocket is a very 'English' leaf, and has been used in salads since Elizabethan times. It…

  • 200g hot-smoked salmon, flaked



    With its delicate, sweet flesh and wide availability, salmon is one of the most popular fish.…

  • sliced tomatoes, to serve



    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…


  1. Heat 2 tbsp of the oil in a small frying pan until hot. Add the breadcrumbs and cook over a medium heat for 3-4 minutes until golden and crisp, turning often. Tip into a small bowl. (You can prepare these several hours ahead.)

  2. Cook the pasta in plenty of gently boiling well-salted water until al dente. Meanwhile peel the garlic and chop it very finely. Put the rest of the oil in a small pan and add the garlic and chillies. Warm gently over a low heat so they flavour the oil – but don’t let the garlic fry.

  3. Drain the pasta and tip it into a warmed very large serving bowl. Quickly add the lemon zest and capers to the oil, then pour over the pasta. Toss well, add the rocket and salmon and toss again – take care not to break up the salmon too much. Scatter the breadcrumbs over and serve with a salad of sliced tomatoes.

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Comments (29)

mrandmrsbrown's picture

I use leftover smoked salmon & cook in the oil along with chilli & garlic. It's so easy & delicious.

jeanius's picture

Lovely, simple and tasty, be careful not to put too much rocket in this dish as it slightly overpowered mine.

joanna1972's picture

Absolutely delicious!! Totally perfect recipe, wouldn't change a thing! Saying that you really could make it with any meat or fish...may try mackerel next time.

janerichardson's picture

Yummy! My husband said this is one of the best things I've cooked recently. I used fresh red chilli rather than dried, and spinach instead of rocket, which I just let slightly wilt in the heat of the pasta. I also halved some cherry tomatoes and added them at the beginning of stage 3 rather than serving separately. I made the crispy breadcrumbs, but then forgot to put them on the finished dish until we were half way through eating - so we could compare with and without the breadcrumbs. Definitely better with them!

Lauren.Cini's picture

This recipe is wonderful! I used less fat than required in the recipe and added fresh white crab and a little more chilli. It turned out delicious! I will definitely have this again, makes for a perfect summer evening meal and good the next day cold in a lunch box. I might try adding a little fresh basil as well next time.

Kyberia's picture

Worked out absolutely beautifully. It looks very nice, tastes amazing and feels quite light and healthy to eat, and the presence of chilli mollifies my boyfriend nicely. I was planning on doing a side-salad of chilli-spiced sunblush tomatoes and olives, but the recipe somehow produced enough to feed 20-30 people and there was no more room left in my pasta bowls so I served it without extra salad.

pikolet's picture

Loved it, loved it, loved it! I followed the recipe exactly and it came out wonderful. Especially the breadcrumbs give it that little extra something.

stellacsg's picture

I used store-bought breadcrumbs and added a punnet of tomato cherries with the garlic and chilli. Very simple to make and everyone loved it!

eleveneighteen15's picture

So tasty yet so easy! Amazing summer dish.

nacholibra's picture

This is gorgeous and so easy. I left the breadcrumbs as I ran out but still lovely flavours.

redlipstick's picture

Delicious. Didn't use capers as I didn't have any but it still tasted lovely. I'll definitely be doing this throughout the summer. Nice, light dish for the warm evenings. I used 250g of spaghetti to feed 3, which was more than enough.

sarahpriestland's picture

i think i may try with chicken. had it before with Salmon and it was so lovely.

katycooks's picture

Delicious. Lovely, fresh, zingy flavours and very simple to do. I used chopped gherkins instead of capers and added halved cherry tomatoes to the dish instead of having slices on the side (which made it very colourful with the other ingredients). I did use the crispy breadcrumbs on top, but I didn't love them. This dish is definitely one I would do again, but I would omit the breadcrumbs next time. Clearly a question of personal taste, given the various comments by other cooks on here. I'm not knocking a point off because of the breadcrumbs though - I can't think of any down side to this recipe.

agusiaem's picture

This is a great recipe. Used mackerel instead of salmon. Made it twice and second time replaced capers with olives as my boyfriend did not like capers. Yummy!!!

juliepounder1's picture

very easy, very tasty. Use a big pan to make sure that the chilli is evenly distributed when combining.
Had to laugh at one of the comments here about sunshine, patio and white wine - we were eating it while listening to our kids squabbling over Wallace and Gromit but it was still a very enjoyable dish!

blondie828's picture

delicious! doesn't need anything except a glass of chardonay!

jillbrain's picture

Made as per recipe, brilliant. Ate outside in the sun on the patio, glass of white wine, perfection

kussnacht's picture

Absolutely mind-blowing. I've cooked this four times in the past two months.

icecreamdogpark's picture

Did this for dinner with Mackerel and it was fantastic,so easy and quick the breadcrumbs add a fabulous texture we will probably have this every week!!

lisahgf's picture

Amazing recipe - always works brilliantly, with spinach or rocket. Def leave the breadcrumbs in! Tried it last time with cherry tomatoes roasted (just with oil, 20 mins at 200°) and it was even nicer. Dinner guests said it was like eating in a top restaurant . . . and it's so easy!


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Lauren.Cini's picture

As an extra special treat add some fresh white crab meat! Delicious!