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Cajun Salmon Pasta (dairy-free)

Cajun Salmon Pasta is prepared in a spicy creamy sauce made with coconut milk, red bell pepper, and cajun seasoning.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Cajun
Diet Dairy-free, Gluten-free option
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 601kcal
Author: Nisha

Ingredients

salmon seasoning

  • 1 pound atlantic salmon cubed into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 tbsp cajun seasoning
  • 1/2 Garlic powder
  • pinch of Black pepper
  • pinch of salt

cook salmon

cook cajun pasta

  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1/2 cup onion chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper chopped
  • pinch of salt to season veggies
  • pinch of black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tbsp cajun seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup coconut milk I love Chaokoh brand
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 8 ounces fettucine cooked
  • 3/4 cup - 1 cup pasta water
  • add salmon
  • 1/4 cup parsley

Instructions

Prep

  • Start by boiling a pot of water.
  • Chop veggies - chop garlic, onions, and red bell pepper.
  • Cube salmon into 1-inch cubes. Add 1/2 tbsp of oil. Season with 1 tbsp cajun seasoning, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, a pinch of black pepper, and a pinch of salt.
  • Mix well.

Cook

  • Heat up a castiron skillet on medium heat, once hot, add 1 tbsp oil. Now add the seasoned salmon. Cook for 4 minutes.
  • Flip and cook for 4 minutes on the other side.
  • Once cooked. Remove salmon from the pan and transfer it to a bowl. Set aside.
  • Go ahead and cook the pasta according to the directions on the package.
  • In the same pan, add another 1 tbsp of oil. Add the onions and cook for a minute.
  • Once the onions are caramelized, add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
  • Now add the red bell pepper and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add the spices - 1 1/2 tbsp cajun spice and a pinch of salt. Saute for 30 seconds.
  • Follow that up with 1/4 cup of water. This will prevent the spices from burning. Saute for a minute.
  • Add coconut milk. I love the Chaokoh brand that you can find at the Asian grocery store or Amazon.
  • Stir and cook for 4-5 minutes.
  • Add 1/2 tsp of garlic powder. Stir.
  • Now add the cooked pasta.
  • Toss well. Check for salt.
  • Add 1/2 cup to 1 cup of pasta water for a creamy sauce. The coconut milk is quite thick so adding the pasta water will help create a creamy sauce. Toss.
  • Add the salmon back in. Gently toss.
  • Garnish with fresh parsley.

Notes

for gluten-free option: use gf pasta.

Nutrition

Calories: 601kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 110mg | Sodium: 77mg | Potassium: 1027mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 3154IU | Vitamin C: 33mg | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 5mg
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