Pan-Seared Salmon with Fresh Fig and Balsamic Reduction

Salmon is pan-seared with a few spices and then placed over pasta. The pasta and salmon are then smothered in the fig and balsamic reduction.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
2 servings


  • 1 cup rotini pasta

Fig and Balsamic Reduction:

  • 2 tablespoons salted butter

  • 1 cup chopped fresh figs

  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar

  • ½ cup chicken stock

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme


  • 2 (5 ounce) salmon fillets

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 tablespoon salted butter


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil; cook rotini at a boil until tender yet firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain and keep warm.

  2. While the pasta is cooking, melt 2 tablespoons butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add figs and saute in melted butter until browned, 3 to 5 minutes. Add balsamic vinegar, chicken stock, honey, and thyme; bring to a simmer. Simmer until sauce begins to thicken, about 3 minutes. Lower heat and keep warm.

  3. Meanwhile, season salmon with salt and pepper. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add salmon and sear both sides in the hot skillet. Reduce heat to medium and cook until fish flakes easily with a fork, about 7 minutes.

  4. Divide pasta between two plates. Top with salmon fillets and pour equal amounts of reduction over each dish.

Cook's Note:

You can use olive oil in place of butter. If you want a thicker sauce, leave out the chicken stock.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

650 Calories
27g Fat
66g Carbs
38g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 650
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 27g 34%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Cholesterol 110mg 37%
Sodium 229mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 66g 24%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 32g
Protein 38g
Vitamin C 5mg 26%
Calcium 118mg 9%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 854mg 18%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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