Recipe- Smoked fish & arugula pasta

Thanks to Pete of Shelsky’s Smoked Fish located in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn I’ve got an incredibly simple and super delicious dinner for you.

With prep time, this took me a total of 10 minutes to make because it took that long to cook the pasta.

If you don’t live in Brooklyn no need to stress, you can do it with a substitute.

You’ll need:

  • Extra virgin olive oil, just enough to cover the bottom of your skillet
  • 1/2 of a ¬†smoked Bering Cisco (from Pete) or some really good sardines either smoked or in oil, (like 3 or 4 depending on size) or 1/2 of a smoked trout. Don’t use kippers, they’re too salty for this
  • 1 big bag of baby arugula or about 3 cups tightly packed, it cooks down to very little
  • Pasta of your choice
  • A little Romano cheese, about 1 teaspoon per serving


Now do this:

  1. Put water on to boil for the pasta, once it’s ready, throw it in to cook.
  2. Take your skillet and add olive oil, heat on medium.
  3. Flake the fish by hand into the pan once the oil is warm.
  4. Add the arugula and stir until the greens are wilted and everything’s heated up, this will take about 3 minutes max.
  5. Once the pasta is cooked, drain and add to the skillet, mix really well and let sit for a minute so it can absorb the flavors.
  6. Put it on plates and sprinkle the cheese on top.
  7. Devour and have seconds.

No need to add seasoning, the fish has enough flavor to make this complete, I can’t believe how effortless and incredibly delicious this was, I am a hero in the house thanks to this meal which literally took no time. I’d totally serve this if I was having company.

Thank you Pete for the wonderful suggestion. If you live in NYC, check out his shop it’s located at 251 Smith Street, Brooklyn NY 11231. I adore all his products and don’t get me started on his smoked salmon selection, you’ll never hear the end of it. You can find his website at¬†.


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