Dairy Free (Or Not) Smoked Salmon Pasta With Sweet Red Onion

I used to make this swift and simple pasta dish all the time. It was perfect for quick suppers or nice lunches for visiting friends. But after discovering I had a dairy intolerance this dish containing creme fraiche was reluctantly discontinued from my menu plan.

smoked salmon and knife on wooden chopping board

Then my friend introduced me to an oat-based creme fraiche substitute which amazingly turns out to be good as the dairy version. I'm not being rewarded in any way to promote the Oatly brand but I found it so good I wanted to share.

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So here it is - my dairy free yummy smoked salmon pasta dish enlivened by red onion cooked in sugar to add tangy sweetness to the dish.

(serves 2-3)
Prep 5 mins, cooking time 12-15 mins.

120g smoked salmon slices.
200ml Oatly Creamy Oat Fraiche or traditional dairy creme fraiche.
1 small red onion, peeled and thinly sliced
2 tsps sugar
splash of olive oil
250g tagliatelle pasta, fresh or dried.


Add around a tsp of olive oil to a pan on a medium heat then add onion and sugar. Cook gently for around 5-10 mins until the onions become sticky. Don't be tempted to increase heat too much or cook too long or sugar will burn.

Meanwhile add pasta to boiling water (salt if you wish) and cook as per instructions on packet. Slice smoked salmon into strips.

When cooked, drain pasta thoroughly, stir through onion and salmon being careful to ensure it is well distributed throughout the pasta.

Finally stir through your creme fraiche or substitute and serve with a grind of black pepper.

smoked salmon pasta recipe