Salmon and Squid Pasta with Creamy Chilli, Garlic, Lemon and Parsley Sauce

I hate trying to name my own dish! If I keep it too simple and generic, people may not be curious enough to find out what flavours are actually in it. If I be too specific, it just becomes a mouthful. Today's casual Saturday lunch (now that hubby's back home the word "casual" actually means "slightly fancy", lol) took me forever to decide what I should name it. Technically, it's just a Creamy Seafood Pasta dish. BUT it's got salmon in it! How can I not mention the salmon. The salmon itself contributes 70% of its overall flavour to this dish. Oh, and it's got Chilli so it's a bit spicy... not just your typical creamy flavour. And what if people start asking "what are those herbs?" well they are little green parsley flakes and yes, there's also GARLIC in there which usually appeals to most people straightaway, just the mention of garlic. It's a magic culinary word. Garlic. Aaahhhh... such a flavour enhancer, I use garlic in most of my dishes.

So I've finally decided to name the dish what it is - I like being generally specific :)

Salmon and Squid Pasta with Creamy Chilli, Garlic, Lemon and Parsley Sauce

3 cups of penne pasta, boiled in salted water
1 tbsp olive oil
1 salmon fillet
125g fresh / frozen squid rings
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp hot chilli paste
1 tbsp sweet chilli sauce
1 tsp parsley flakes
1 tbsp lemon juice
300ml thickened cream
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup pecan nuts, crushed and lightly toasted for garnish
Extra parsley flakes for garnish
Grated parmesan cheese for garnish

In a large pan, heat olive oil and cook salmon fillet, squid rings, garlic and hot chilli paste. Break off the salmon fillet as you cook into small chunks. Cook for approx. 5 minutes until seafood is cooked and garlic is fragrant.

Add thickened cream, sweet chilli sauce, lemon juice and parsley flakes. Season well with salt and pepper. Simmer for approx. 7-8 minutes on medium heat.

Toss cooked pasta into creamy mixture and cook for another 3-4 minutes. Serve hot and garnish with toasted pecan nuts, extra parsley flakes and grated parmesan cheese.


Rebecca from Chow and Chatter said...

looks great love the addition of chilli how was hillsong?

Fatbooo said...

You should call it Seafood Pasta Kimba. : )

Even though I'm on an Asian food craze now, this dish looks great! Yum!

Toby said...

We just call it "deliciousness" Seriously.. pasta, garlic and chili... what else could it be?

Jason said...

Sometimes a delicious dish needs no names or words... just the description and a beautiful tasty picture like this one! Ah it looks so good.

Michelle Chin said...

Spicy and creamy... I can only imagine how delicious it can be!

Mina @ Angellove's Cooking said...

Beautiful!!! Kimberly - you are magician in the kitchen :) as you are able to make me wish to try a fish dish :))

Cheers, hun!!!

busygran said...

Whatever the name, it doesn't matter cos it looks delicious!

Pretend Chef said...

A dish this delicious doesn't even need a title. I'd love a big plate of this! Spicy and creamy sound perfect for a dinner with my guy. Might leave his portion squid-less since he's less than adventurous with his food. Oh so yummy!!!

lena said...

i just had pasta for dinner just now at a restaurant and i can tell you that your dish looks 10X better than what i had !

Sandra said...

If I just take out the Squid this is for me perfect dish(I don't like Squids). Love the colors, presentation and looks really pretty!
Nicely done!

Torviewtoronto said...

delicious combination looks wonderful

MelindaRD said...

Yum! I had sauteed squid last night, served with shrimp and potatoes plus peppers. It was really good. Living on a tiny island has provided some food options I might not otherwise have discovered I liked. Surprisingly I love squid.

Hester Casey - Alchemy said...

Spicy, creamy, garlicky, cheesey - what's not to love!

Victor said...

Oh yeah, this is my kind of dish, lots of great flavor.

Hester aka The Chef Doc said...

I like it! Great title ;-) Husband sure knows how to go "casual" haha. Everything in this pasta dish are things that I absolutely LOVE! I'm glad you made it! Hope the rest of the your weekend goes just peach :-)

claire Gallam said...

KIM! This looks absolutely amazing. I love it. Can you come over and make it for me :)

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

My mouth is watering looking at your beautiful dish of pasta! The sauce sounds amazing.

Bromography said...

A delicious dish speaks for itself. The chili is a nice touch.

Kim - Liv Life said...

You are simply amazing when it comes to pasta dishes!! I've had dinner and I'm still craving a plate of this one. Simple beautiful, the photos speaks volumes!

penny aka jeroxie said...

I usually just spell out most of the ingredients... never spend too much time on naming a dish.

minneville said...

I think this dish is wonderfully named! and the pecans, what a great addition. Will surely try this!

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