Smoked Salmon in Creamy Whiskey Sauce over Pasta

READY IN: 15mins
Recipe by FlemishMinx

This makes a quick yet elegant main course, with rich flavors. The mascarpone cheese can be substituted with cream, but you will need to cook it down for a few minutes after adding to reduce and achieve the proper consistency for the sauce. DO NOT leave the pistachios out, I think they are integral to the dish !

Top Review by James Elkins

Could be a really excellent dish. Needs some careful balancing. The sage + slightly browned butter + garlic yields a flavorful butter: probably it's best to taste this before proceeding. The salmon is already salty, so just a few pistachios is plenty. The whiskey and lemon can be doubled, and stirred in at the last moment. <br/>Not a simple recipe, in a way, because the six or seven ingredients have to all be judged right. The cheese + black pepper makes this a cousin of cacio e pepe, which I have posed on this site.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large frying pan, saute the sage in the butter; when it begins to be fragrant and turn color, remove and discard.
  2. Add the garlic to the pan, and saute for 30 seconds.
  3. Add the salmon to the pan, toss well, add nuts and cook for 30 seconds (the salmon will break down into small pieces, don't be alarmed).
  4. Add the lemon juice and the whiskey, and cook for another minute.
  5. Add in the mascarpone cheese and stir well until it melts and is completely incorporated with the other ingredients.
  6. Add ground black pepper to taste.
  7. Add the hot cooked pasta to your pan and mix it well into the sauce.
  8. It is now ready to serve!

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