Spaghetti with hot-smoked salmon, rocket & capers

Spaghetti with hot-smoked salmon, rocket & capers

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
(44 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


  • 125ml extra-virgin olive oil
  • 25g fresh white breadcrumb
  • 500g spaghetti
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 tiny dried bird's eye chillies, 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…

  • 4 tbsp caper in brine, drained
    Capers in bowl



    Capers are the small flower buds of the Capparis shrub that grows in the Mediterranean. As they…

  • 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.

You may also like

Comments, questions and tips

Sign in or create your My Good Food account to join the discussion.
jaded84's picture
28th May, 2020
A yummy meal but is complicated to make, everything has to be hot and ready at the same time. I also made it for 2 so halfed everything except the salmon and rocket
Nana_Lu's picture
5th Apr, 2020
Found this by chance when looking for a speedy lunch with ingredients that we already had (self isolating!). I substituted with panko breadcrumbs and lime zest as that’s all I had and it was totally delicious! Didn’t have any rocket but think that when we do - because we WILL make this again - it will be even better! The reviewer before me suggested adding anchovies to the crumb element, which I’m definitely going to try but will probably use a little Umami paste! Definitely going in my ‘saved recipes’ file!
6th Mar, 2020
Absolutely delicious. We eat this every week. I make the crumb with a few anchovies for extra flavour.
22nd Jul, 2019
This recipe lived up to my expectations given the rave reviews. A wonderful mix of flavours that really hits the spot. I didn’t use very much oil but it does need something to coat the pasta so I squeezed the juice of the zested lemon and added some halved cherry tomatoes. I’ll try roasting the tomatoes next time or add some chopped sun dried tomatoes. Will be making again soon.
7th Jun, 2016
I use leftover smoked salmon & cook in the oil along with chilli & garlic. It's so easy & delicious.
1st Apr, 2016
Lovely, simple and tasty, be careful not to put too much rocket in this dish as it slightly overpowered mine.
27th Feb, 2016
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.
18th Jul, 2015
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!
1st Jul, 2015
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.
5th Mar, 2015
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.


Be the first to ask a question about this recipe...Unsure about the cooking time or want to swap an ingredient? Ask us your questions and we’ll try and help you as soon as possible. Or if you want to offer a solution to another user’s question, feel free to get involved...
1st Jul, 2015
As an extra special treat add some fresh white crab meat! Delicious!
Want to receive regular food and recipe web notifications from us?