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Dinner for One! Salmon, Lime & Basil Pasta

Atlantic salmon lightly poached in lime juice and fresh basil, served on a bed of freshly cooked pasta spirals. An ideal recipe when cooking for one - the hardest way to cook!


  • 1.5 cups dried pasta spirals

  • 1 portion fresh Atlantic Salmon (as pre-cut by the supermarket)

  • 10 large fresh Basil leaves

  • 1 teaspoon extra light olive oil

  • about 1 to 1.5 teaspoons lime juice

  • 125 ml cold water

  • 1 tablespoon cornflour

  • 50 ml cold water (extra)

  • Freshly ground rock salt to taste

  • Freshly cracked black pepper to taste


  • 1.

    Cook the pasta according to the manufacturer's instructions, adding salt to taste.

  • 2.

    While the pasta is cooking:

  • 3.

    Cut the salmon into bite-sized pieces - about 1 cm x 2 cm

  • 4.

    Roughly chop the basil leaves

  • 5.

    Prepare the lime juice

  • 6.

    Heat the oil in a small saucepan and add the salmon, basil and lime juice and 125 ml of cold water. Poach the salmon pieces, stirring gently until cooked.

  • 7.

    Mix 50 ml cold water with the cornflour to make a paste.

  • 8.

    Bring the salmon mix to the boil and add the paste a little at a time, stirring constantly until the sauce is thick.

  • 9.

    Turn down the heat and stir while cooking for 1 minute, then remove from the heat.

  • 10.

    Drain the pasta spirals and spread on the bottom of a pasta bowl or dinner plate, then spread the salmon and sauce over.

  • 11.

    Lightly sprinkle with freshly ground rock salt and black pepper to taste.

  • 12.

    Enjoy your dinner for one!


This dish could be made with almost any flaky fish. Substitute lemon juice, if preferred. Salmon portion could be fresh or frozen.

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