Smoky Masala Linguine

An easy, delicious recipe of pasta flavoured with smoked salmon, cream and a touch of curry powder.
Smoky Masala Linguine
Smoky Masala Linguine

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Despite its simplicity, this recipe brings back some fond memories. Smoky Masala Linguine, a dish I first made a lifetime ago as payment on a lost challenge on board a Jacques Cousteau boat.

I used to SCUBA dive pretty frequently and was also involved in Marine conservation efforts, something we still do from time to time. Some of the folks I got to know worked on board a Jacques Cousteau boat and after a while I got pretty friendly with most of them, as one does, when working and playing together.

Smoky Masala Linguine

On one of the dives, I made a bet with the captain of the ship that I’d use less air than him on the next dive; being a runner and all, I thought I was on to a sure winner! Duh!

The long and the short of it is, I lost and had to make dinner for a few of us using 5 ingredients found onboard and it had to have an Asian slant. I ended up with something so simple, you can hardly call it cooking!

Smoky Masala Linguine Recipe

I found some pasta in the cupboard, garlic, cream, smoked salmon and curry powder. We christened it Smoky Masala Linguine! Of course now, I add pepper and some dill or parsley as well but it still remains a quick, in the blink of an eye recipe.

If you’re using mild curry powder, a sprinkle of chilli flakes or fresh red chillies adds a different dimension to it. And if you add some salad to this, it becomes an easy complete meal.

Get everything ready and you want to move quickly here, as you don’t want to burn the garlic or overcook the salmon.

Shall we get our aprons on?

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Smoky Masala Linguine

Smoky Masala Linguine

An easy, delicious recipe of pasta flavoured with smoked salmon, cream and a touch of curry powder.
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Course: First or Main Course
Cuisine: Italian fusion
Keyword: pasta
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 600kcal
Author: Azlin Bloor


  • 120 g linguine or spaghetti for two, cooked according to packet instruction
  • 1 clove garlic chopped fine or crushed
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 150 g smoked salmon sliced thinly
  • 150 g single cream
  • 2 tsp curry powder (any standard one will do)
  • black pepper
  • fresh dill or parsley chopped
  • salt if needed


  • Boil some water with a generous portion of salt in a large saucepan and get the pasta cooking while you get the ingredients ready.
  • When the pasta is almost done (about 2-3 minutes to go) heat the oil in a medium pan on medium heat and sauté the garlic for about 30 seconds.
  • Add the curry powder and stir, adding some pasta water if necessary, another 30 seconds.
  • Add the salmon, cream and a ladle of pasta water. Mix well for a few seconds.
  • Bring to a very gentle simmer, adding more pasta water if you think the cream is too thick. Cook for only 30 seconds or so.
  • Drain the pasta and add it to the cream sauce and stir well, cooking for no more than a minute.
  • Serve hot, sprinkled with freshly ground black pepper and dill. A side salad will make it a complete meal.


Calories: 600kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 101mg | Sodium: 619mg | Potassium: 369mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 825IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 82mg | Iron: 2mg

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23 thoughts on “Smoky Masala Linguine”

  1. It looks and sounds delish! My husband is a big football fan so I understand (a bit) how you feel… I just checked your about page… we are planning to move to Bournemouth sometime in next year or two 🙂

  2. ha ha- my husband didn’t care who won because he normally cheers for Liverpool and he has been disappointed with their lousy performance!!

    Ah- but look at this great creation you have come up with!!!

  3. My hubby was depressed and still is until this moment for he is a die hard MU fan. Wish your family can meet him and exchange views on MU.

    Curry and linguine is very Asian in cooking and I love that you cook the type of food we eat all the way. I am sure the taste must have been fantastic seeing the pic and you also added our fav fish, salmon.

  4. LOL – great story, Lin! A great memory attached to your dish. I absolutely love things like this.

    I’m always looking for recipes like this one – quick but delicious – but especially these days, because we’ve sold our house and are building another! Time consuming to say the least! Not much time in my kitchen!


  5. Pretty wild that this recipe originated from a diving bet! I have never thought of using masala in a pasta dish, but it sounds like it would work pretty deliciously. If this is what you turn out when faced with the loss of a bet, you should be betting more often. Well done.

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