Capellini With Salmon and Lemon-Dill-Vodka Sauce

Total Time
1hr 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr

I thought this recipe looked interesting for a special weeknight supper and a great way to use up leftover salmon. Recipe source: Gourmet (June 2005)

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large saucepan cook onion in the oil over medium heat until soft (5-8 minutes).
  2. Add broth, cream, vodka and salt and bring to a boil over medium high heat, stirring occasionally until sauce is reduced to 2 cups (45-60 minutes).
  3. Remove from heat and stir in dill, lemon zest and juice and pepper. Reserve 1/2 cup sauce.
  4. Add salmon to saucepan and cook over medium low heat until fish is heated through (2-4 minutes).
  5. Meanwhile cook pasta according to package directions.
  6. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta water; drain pasta.
  7. Return pasta to pot and toss with reserved sauce.
  8. Put pasta in large bowl and spoon fish and sauce over top; toss before serving.
Most Helpful

Wonderful dish for salmon! I sauteed the salmon in a bit of olive oil with a dash of lemon juice and a sprinkle of dill and pepper while preparing the rest of the dish as directed. It was really good, with a lovely presentation! Thanks for sharing! ZWT6

Starrynews June 29, 2010

The sauce was more of a broth for us, was ok. Just wasn't something that I loved. Thank you for posting. Made for ZWT 6.

Tarteausucre June 07, 2010

This sauce was much lighter than ordinary cream-based sauces, and I liked the fact that it was thinner as I found it coated the capellini well, but left it 'wet' enough for easy eating and slurping. I had made extra salmon yesterday just to try this recipe and it's a winner! Everything worked so well together flavour-wise and the whole family enjoyed it. Thanks.

evelyn/athens June 06, 2010