Lemon Salmon Orzo

If you are a fan of seafood, you will love this lemon salmon orzo pasta dish that is perfect for a quick and healthy dinner. This recipe is full of fresh flavors and textures that will satisfy your taste buds and make you feel good about what you’re eating

What is Orzo?

Orzo is a type of pasta shaped like rice grains. It is often used in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisines and can be served in soups, salads, or as a main dish.

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Why everyone loves Lemon Salmon Orzo

  1. It’s Easy—Looking for an easy weeknight dinner idea? Try this recipe, which has minimal ingredients and is perfect for everyone.

Ingredients You’ll Need for Lemon Salmon Orzo (Full Recipe Below)

  • Salmon
  • Orzo
  • Lemon
  • Spices
  • White Wine
  • Garlic & Shallot
  • Heavy Cream
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Chicken Broth
  • Spinach

Can I use another type of fish?

Yes, you can use any type of fish fillet that you prefer. Just adjust the cooking time according to the thickness of the fillet.

Can I use chicken for this recipe?

Yes, you can use chicken for this recipe. I recommend using bone-in chicken thighs for maximum flavor.

Lemon Creamy Salmon Orzo

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Prep Time 15 minutes Cook Time 14 minutes

Course dinnerCuisine Italian, American

Servings 4Calories 387 kcal


For the Salmon

  • 4 pieces Salmon
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste

For the Pasta

  • 20 ounces orzo pasta
  • ¼ cup garlic minced
  • ¼ cup shallot minced
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • cup chicken broth
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tso red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp italian seasoning
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ lemon juiced


  • Season the salmon fillets with paprika, oil, salt and pepper.
  • In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat.
  • Add the salmon fillets and cook for about 2 minutes on each side until browned and cooked through. Remove the salmon from the pan and set aside.
  • Add a knob of butter, chopped shallot, and garlic in the same skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes until softened.
  • Pour in white wine and let it reduce for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add in orzo, and fully incorporate.
  • Add chicken broth to the skillet and bring it to a simmer. Then add lemon zest and juice. Stir in heavy cream, parmesan cheese, and spinach. Simmer and stir, cooking for 3-5 minutes.
  • Lower the heat to low heat, add the salmon pieces back in, and cook for 10 minutes.

Keyword lemon, orzo, salmon

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