salmon and pasta on plate

Salmon Caviar Fettuccine: Delectable Summer Dish

In Foodie Tips & Tidbits by Les Kincaid

Salmon caviar adds a delicate crunch to this luxurious pasta dish for summer heat.

If you prefer a more subtle fish flavor, substitute trout roe and smoked trout for the salmon roe and smoked salmon. Salmon caviar is available at most fish monger stores. -Les Kincaid


salmon and pasta on plate

Fettuccine with Salmon Caviar



1/2 pound fettuccine

2 tablespoons sweet butter

1 shallot, minced

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons crème fraîche or sour cream

1 tablespoon finely chopped flat-leaf parsley

1 teaspoon chopped tarragon

Freshly ground pepper

2 ounces thinly sliced smoked salmon, cut into 1/2-inch ribbons (1/2 cup)

4 ounces salmon caviar


Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add a large pinch of salt. Add the tagliarini and cook until al dente. Drain the pasta, reserving about 1/2 cup of the cooking water.

In a large, deep skillet, melt the butter over moderate heat. When the foam subsides, add the minced shallot and cook over moderately low heat for 2 minutes, stirring. Add the crème fraîche, parsley and tarragon. Stir in about 1/4 cup of the reserved pasta cooking water and season with pepper. Add the pasta and smoked salmon ribbons and toss well. Add up to 2 more tablespoons of the reserved cooking water if the pasta seems too dry. Remove from the heat. Add three-fourths of the caviar and toss gently. Serve in shallow bowls, garnished with the remaining caviar.

Yield: 4 servings

While typically Chardonnay does not pair well with most foods. With this dish try a rich, full-bodied minerally Chardonnay.


Chef, Wineau and professional bon vivant Les Kincaid is one of today’s most imaginative food personalities. His artful approach to cooking, confidence-inspiring instructions, and contagious enthusiasm have endeared him to a loyal following that tune in to his weekly shows, frequent his wine or cooking classes and appearances, and collect his books.