Smoked Salmon Carbonara

This Smoked Salmon Carbonara is so easy to prepare that you don’t need more than 15 minutes to have this all done and ready to be served. It is a quick meal,  looks appetizing and your guests or family will enjoy it.

Pasta Carbonara is an Italian pasta dish based on eggs, cheese, pancetta or bacon, and black pepper.

I aimed to create a slightly healthier Carbonara recipe by substituting smoked salmon for bacon. Additionally, I included lemon zest and chives as garnish to enhance both the flavor and appearance of the dish. Unlike traditional recipes, this version excludes additional cream, relying solely on eggs and Parmesan for creaminess. The result exceeded my expectations; it was incredibly delicious.

How to make Smoked Salmon Carbonara

Begin by cooking the pasta until it’s al dente in lightly salted water.

Meanwhile, in a bowl, whisk together the eggs, cheese, and pepper. Set this mixture aside.

Heat olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Cook the garlic until it’s softened, then add the salmon. Warm the salmon through; since it’s already cooked, it just needs heating. Remove the pan from the heat.

Once the pasta is cooked, drain it, reserving some of the cooking water. Return the pasta to the pan with the garlic and salmon. Stir to ensure the pasta is well coated.

Next, add the egg mixture and chives to the pasta. Toss everything together thoroughly, allowing the heat from the pasta to cook the eggs. Adjust the consistency with the reserved cooking water as needed.

Finally, serve the dish with freshly ground black pepper, grated Parmesan cheese, and a sprinkle of lemon zest on top.

Hope you will try this recipe for Salmon Carbonara and let me know if you try it out.  If you do, make sure to share the photos with me on Instagram. Enjoy!

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Smoked Salmon Carbonara

Smoked Salmon Carbonara

5 from 1 vote
Smoked Salmon Carbonara is a quick, appetizing meal done in no more than 15 minutes.
Servings 2 servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 7 oz (200 g) spaghetti
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 garlic , peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 eggs , beaten
  • 1/2 cup (55 g) Parmesan cheese
  • 2.5 oz (70 g) smoked salmon
  • chives and lemon zest , for serving


  • Cook the pasta to the al dente stage in lightly salted water.
  • Meanwhile, whisk the eggs, cheese and pepper in a bowl and set aside.
  • In a frying pan heat olive oil and cook garlic over medium heat until softened. Add in the salmon and cook until warm. We only need to heat the salmon as is already cooked. Remove from heat.
  • Drain the pasta (reserve some of the cooking water ) and return them to the pan with the garlic and salmon. Stir to coat the pasta.
  • Add egg mixture and chives, and toss well so the heat from the pasta cooks the eggs. Add cooking water to get the consistency you prefer.
  • Serve with freshly ground black pepper, grated parmesan and some lemon zest on top.


Serving: 1 serving out of 2Calories: 601kcalCarbohydrates: 56.1gProtein: 32.2gFat: 28.1gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 264mg
Calories: 601kcal
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Carbonara recipe, healthier Carbonara recipe, no cream Carbonara, smoked salmon Carbonara, spaghetti Carbonara

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  1. Nami | Just One Cookbook Author says:

    This is SO timely! I was going to use smoked salmon in a few days, and now I got the perfect recipe that my family will love! I love the easy preparation part too. I usually make just regular carbonara, but this is a great change! Thank you for sharing this recipe. Can’t wait to eat this!

  2. Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living Author says:

    This is surprisingly light – I usually think of carbonara as a rich and heavy pasta dish. Can’t wait to give this a try!

  3. Rosa Author says:

    Mighty delicious! A refined carbonara.



  4. Shashi @ Runninsrilankan Author says:

    Dont think Ive ever had salmon carbonara – love this! Thanks for sharing

  5. My oldest at something like this in Rome! I tried to recreate it but it was nowhere like the original. Now I’m wondering if it was carbonara? I’m going to make him your recipe…I know I’ll love it, too!!! THANK YOU!!!

  6. Gintare @Gourmantine Author says:

    My hubs would carry me around the house for the evening if I made these! 🙂

  7. mamun hasan Author says:

    realy awesome recipes.i like it….

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Thank you, appreciate it. 

  8. Renee @ Author says:

    Thanks for the great recipe. I made a few adjustments (used canned salmon from Costco, no garlic, and butter instead of olive oil) and it was a HUGE hit for the whole family!!

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Sounds so good.. so glad you enjoyed the recipe

  9. Sounds fantastic. So nice to find a smoked salmon sauce that is not cream based.

    I am planning on making this for the family this weekend and am inputtting it into my nutrition app. Quick question: Any idea on the size of a serving? I am guessing about 8 oz or so from the ingredient list.


    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Sorry for the late answer, hope you tried this recipe. You are right, the recipe I've shared with you makes about 2 servings about 8 oz each. 

  10. Rachel Author says:

    Delicious! I added fresh asparagus and frozen petit pois to the pasta at the last minute for colour, crunch and green goodness. A very well received Friday supper!

  11. Al. Author says:

    Really nice.
    Bit less pasta bit more salmon.
    Added asparagus tips and would add button mushrooms next time

  12. Sarah Author says:

    Hi Ella, this sounds really nice and I bet it will taste amazing too. I have a question, How much grams of chives do I have to add?

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