If you’re currently on the lookout for healthy recipes, you may well see salmon frequently featured as a key ingredient. This is, of course, partly because salmon is delicious – but it’s also because this tasty oily fish is a good source of omega-3, a type of fatty acid that can help those looking to keep their hearts healthy*.
Smoked salmon is a real treat, and with 3g of omega-3 per 100g, it’s a good idea to have some easy smoked salmon recipes up your sleeve. So try our delicious pasta dish below, or scroll further down for a checklist of ten fantastic smoked salmon recipe ideas, and get more out of this beautifully rich and flavoursome ingredient.
Whole wheat spaghetti and smoked salmon recipe
This smoked salmon recipe makes an excellent leisurely lunch for two, and there are many ways you can customise it and make it your own. This one is one of the easiest hot smoked salmon recipes around, but it’s delicious with cooked cold smoked salmon as well – just make sure you cook both thoroughly. Try cooking with whole wheat pasta to get more fibre into the meal, and scatter with fresh herbs at the end – parsley and basil both work well.
Bear in mind that Flora ProActiv spreads are intended for those who need to lower their cholesterol levels** – if that’s not you, swap the Flora ProActiv for regular Flora Spread instead.
- 100g of whole wheat spaghetti
- 200g hot smoked salmon, or cooked cold smoked salmon, flaked
- 1 clove garlic
- 3 spring onions
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 4 tsp (20g) Flora ProActiv Buttery spread
- 1 tbsp parmesan
- 150g leafy side salad, such as baby leaf spinach, rocket, or watercress, with 150g of halved cherry tomatoes.
- Heat the olive oil in a medium frying pan. Crush the garlic and finely slice the spring onions. Fry until soft. If you haven’t already cooked the salmon, take the opportunity now, heating it through thoroughly.
- Boil the pasta in water and drain. Melt the Flora ProActiv spread over it.
- Stir in the cooked salmon, onions, garlic and lemon juice.
- Sprinkle with parmesan to finish, and serve with the side salad.
(This smoked salmon recipe provides 441kcal, 17.5g of fat, 3.4g of saturated fat, 46.5g of carbohydrates, 4.8g sugars, 29.3g of protein, 2g of salt and 0.75g plant sterols per serving)
10 smoked salmon recipe ideas to try:
The sky really is the limit with smoked salmon. It works beautifully with its slightly salty richness balanced out with creamy ingredients, like avocado or low fat cream cheese, but salmon is also great with sharp counterpoints like lemon and capers. Browse through our list of suggestions for hot and cold smoked salmon recipes below, and find something to inspire you.
- Team smoked salmon with avocado on wholegrain bruschetta for a midday snack.
- Fold smoked salmon into quiches or frittatas and team with dill and capers for the perfect flavour combo.
- Add slices of cold smoked salmon to a traditional fish pie for a moreish boost to a standard recipe.
- Serve it on wholegrain toast topped with two teaspoons of ProActiv Buttery spread and steamed asparagus.
- Use hot smoked salmon to make irresistible fish cakes.
- Melt Flora ProActiv spread over boiled new potatoes, then dress them with horseradish sauce and lemon. Goes beautifully with hot smoked salmon and wilted spinach.
- Make a kedgeree with smoked salmon (hot or cold) instead of haddock, for a hearty brunch with a twist.
- Make salmon gravadlax and serve on rye or boiled new potatoes.
- Roll smoked salmon into sushi rolls with sticks of cucumber.
- Blend smoked salmon with lemon, dill, 2 teaspoons ProActiv spread, and low fat natural yoghurt to make a quick dip for wholegrain pitta.
As we get older, we need to take greater care to avoid the risk of food poisoning. Always cook smoked salmon thoroughly to limit this risk. It’s also important to consider the salt content of smoked salmon – make sure that it fits into your overall diet without putting your intake above the recommended amount.
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*A daily intake of 250 mg of EPA and DHA omega-3 contributes towards the normal function of the heart.
**Flora ProActiv contains plant sterols. A daily intake of 1.5-2.4g plant sterols can lower cholesterol by 7-10% in 2-3 weeks as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle including plenty of fruit and vegetables. High cholesterol is a risk factor in the development of coronary heart disease. As coronary heart disease has multiple risk factors, more than one may need to be improved to reduce overall risk. Flora ProActiv products are not intended for people that do not need to control their cholesterol.