A few months ago, our wonderful neighbors Tom and Alice drop – shipped a fresh caught Alaskan Salmon filet to our doorstep…just because! I had to do something special with that special fish. So I researched a recipe for salmon with vodka sauce. In a word, it was DIVINE!

I made it again tonight using store bought salmon. The fish wasn’t as flavorful (duh!) but ohmygoodness that SAUCE. Seriously amazing
Check it out…


2 tablespoons olive oil for the sauce, plus 1 tablespoon olive oil for the salmon

1 large white onion, finely chopped

1 28-ounce canned crushed tomatoes

2 minced garlic cloves

1/4 cup vodka

1/2 cup heavy vream

4 fresh basil leaves, whole

1 teaspoon of salt for the vodka sauce

1/4 teaspoon salt for the salmon

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

3 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 pound fresh salmon filet with skin

1 pound penne pasta


Preheat the oven to 425F.

In a large pot over medium-high heat, saute onion in 2 tablespoons of the olive oil for 8 minutes.

Reduce the heat to medium-low and add the garlic and let it cook with the onions for 2 minutes.

Add in the tomatoes, Vodka, heavy cream, basil leaves, salt, pepper, and butter.

Stir the mixture until well combined. Bring the sauce to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes stirring occasionally.

Place the salmon (skin side down) on a foil lined baking dish (or better yet – a Pampered Chef baking stone!)

Rub the salmon with 1/4 teaspoon of salt and 1 tablespoon of olive oil and bake for 12 minutes. Allow it to cool slightly to the touch.

Gently flake the salmon with a fork into bite size pieces. add the salmon to the vodka sauce and gently stir.

Cook the salmon with the vodka sauce for an additional 3 minutes.

Prepare the pasta according to the manufacturers instructions.