Super Quick Smoked Trout Pasta with Lemon and Chives

Serves 4

  • 400g packet quality orecchiette or other small pasta
  • 2 spring onions, finely sliced
  • 1 whole smoked trout fillet, flaked (store bought so no cooking required!)
  • 1 lemon, zest and juice
  • ¼ cup chicken stock or pasta cooking water
  • 1 tablespoons crème fraiche
  • ½ a bunch of fresh chives, finely chopped 
  • Salt and pepper


1. Cook the pasta in rapid boiling, salted water according to packet instructions (al dente please).

2. In a small frying pan, heat oil over a medium heat – add spring onion, lemon juice and zest. Just as it starts to   bubble, throw in crème fraiche, chicken stock and season to taste with plenty of black pepper.

3. Stir for 1-2 minutes before adding cooked pasta, flaked trout pieces and fresh chives. Toss to coat pasta in the sauce and remove from heat straight away (no need to overcook a cooked fish right!). Serve immediately with some grated Parmesan cheese (optional).            

Super Quick Smoked Trout Pasta with Lemon and Chives

Smoked Trout or Salmon fillets are a wonderful ingredient readily available both in the supermarket and good delicatessens’. When I see them - I usually buy 2 or 3 and freeze the others for another meal ($10 will feed the whole family). However, they do last quite a while in the fridge also as usually packaged airtight. Super convenient, healthy and easy to throw in a variety of salads, risottos and of course fasta pasta. Tinned tuna also works fine!        

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