Cajun salmon with spicy tomato pasta

A tasty weeknight dinner that's ready in 20 minutes
Spice up your pasta with our cajun-style salmon recipe
5 ratings
Recipe by: Sarah James | Health Information Publications Manager

We’ve had lots of requests from supporters asking for simple fish recipes, and this is about as simple as it comes, but still really tasty. Adding chilli flakes to the pasta really does give this dish some kick.



  • 2 x 120g fresh salmon fillets, skinned and boned
  • 1–2 teaspoons dried Cajun spice mix
  • 100g dried wholemeal pasta
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • ¼–½ teaspoon chilli flakes (optional, to taste)
  • 14 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 160g baby leaf spinach
  • Freshly ground black pepper
20 minutes
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Cajun salmon

  1. Dust the top of each salmon fillet with the Cajun spice mix.
  2. Place the salmon under a medium-high grill for 4–5 minutes depending on the thickness of the fish. Turn the fish over and grill for 3–4 minutes, or until the fish is cooked to taste.

Spicy tomato pasta

  1. Cook the pasta according to the packet instructions.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, add the oil to a non-stick frying pan and gently cook the garlic and chilli flakes (optional) for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes and water to the pan and cook, stirring occasionally, until the tomatoes begin to soften. Then add the spinach and black pepper. Stir for a further 1 minute.
  3. Drain the pasta and mix with the tomatoes and spinach. Serve immediately with the salmon.

Serving suggestion: Serve with steamed vegetables or salad.

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Instead of salmon, try trout; both fish are rich in omega-3 fats. For a lower fat and calorie dish you could use white fish such as cod (cooking times may vary).