Kid-approved Salmon Dish

As anyone who follows my blog entries knows, despite my best intentions, cooking is not my forte. Nor is planning for cooking.

The other night, I was completely out of produce except for one lone lemon. I needed to go to the store but had neither the time nor the energy.

I knew I had the salmon fillets I pulled from the freezer the night before but wasn't sure I could pull off a meal.

Luckily, I had whole-grain angel hair pasta, so I Googled salmon and pasta and found several recipes. I modified to suit my empty refrigerator.

As long as you've had plenty of fruits and veggies during the day, this is a tasty, quick, and easy meal option for those nights when the fridge is almost empty and you are low energy.

Pasta Salmon Dish

Serves 2

What You Need

  • 1/2 box of whole-grain angel hair pasta
  • 2 salmon fillets, 1 inch thick
  • 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 Tbsp EVOO
  • 1/2 lemon

What You Do

1.Boil water and prepare pasta according to box directions.

2. Heat EVOO in medium saucepan over medium heat.

3. Add defrosted salmon fillets.

4. Cook one side for three minutes. Flip. Cook other side for three minutes.

5. While salmon is cooking, season the pasta by adding garlic, salt, pepper, and EVOO.

6. Return to salmon and it should be just about done.

7. Place pasta on plate and top with salmon, which you can cut up.

8. Drizzle 1/4 piece of lemon wedge over salmon and pasta.


My daughter wrote her own meal review below.

10-Year Old Kai Schildmeier’s Review

Tonight for dinner my mom cooked us salmon fillets and pasta. Here are my opinions:

First, on the plate my eyes went straight to the salmon. The salmon was good but not the best I’ve ever had (prefer it in sushi).

The first couple of bites I took were absolutely divine. But the flavor started getting boring to me. It tastes like swordfish and looks like swordfish but in an orange way.

It gets stuck in your braces but doesn’t feel like it’s in them even though it’s there. Overall though, I suggest this dish for any fish lover.

Now, on the other hand, the pasta—absolutely, totally yummy. It’s garlicky, but good. Overall, I would really want my mom to make this yummy plate of pasta again tomorrow.

After three decades as a lacto-ovo vegetarian, Christine "Cissy" White started eating fish. She enjoys blogging about family-friendly fish dishes, and how to shop for, prepare and cook healthy and affordable fish meals with her 10-year old daughter, Kai. White has been published in Elephant Journal, Adoption Today and Literary Mama and blogs at


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