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.
  2. It’s packed with flavor– This dish is a perfect blend of cheese, cream, and richness. It features garlic, shallots, white wine, and butter – some of the best ingredients in the world!
  3. It’s a crowd pleaser—even the pickiest of eaters will love this dish! This delicious family-friendly meal is sure to please anyone!

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

FAQ For Creamy Lemon Orzo

What can I substitute the white wine for?

You can use cooking wine, which has very little alcohol content, or you can add additional chicken broth.

What Pot do I use for this recipe?

The recipe requires a large, shallow Dutch oven or cast iron skillet. Amazon has an affordable 3 qt Dutch Oven that works well.

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

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course dinner
Cuisine Italian, American
Servings 4
Calories 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
  • 2 tbsps butter
  • ¼ cup garlic minced
  • ¼ cup shallot minced
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • cups chicken broth add more if needed
  • 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. 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 to a simmer. Stir in lemon zest, lemon juice, heavy cream, parmesan cheese, spinach, and spices. Simmer and stir for 10 minutes until orzo softens, adding more broth if needed.
  • Lower the heat to low heat, add the salmon pieces back in, and cook for 10 minutes, or until pasta is tender.


If needed, add more chicken broth to cook pasta
Keyword lemon, orzo, salmon

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  1. Ashley April 16, 2024 at 7:52 pm

    5 stars
    This was such a great recipe! I just added sun dried tomatoes & used low fat milk instead. Still came out super good

    Also I think you meant lemon zest 1TBSP..? Thanks for sharing!

  2. Isabelle May 4, 2024 at 5:19 pm

    5 stars
    I made this recipe for my family, and they all really enjoyed it!