Creamy Orzo with Fried Salmon


My creamy orzo recipe is topped with the cutest fried salmon. This is a fun recipe to make when you are in the mood for seafood.

Salmon and creamy orzo is basically a complete meal! Add a few crispy zucchini fritters to the side and you have a meal that everyone will love- and they won’t even know it’s good for them too.

Creamy orzo with mushrooms and salmon.

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If you are ever in the mood for something different, but don’t know what to make, then try this recipe! It’s a boredom-busting idea that will wake up your tastebuds and make everyone enjoy seafood.

Plus, the entire recipe is a breeze to make. All recipes on Easy Recipe Depot must be easy, and this one definitely qualifies as simple.

How To Make Creamy Orzo and Salmon

I made the orzo completely homemade. If you haven’t tried to make orzo before, start with this simple recipe. You will enjoy it!

Kitchen Tools Needed:

Happy fish salmon.

Ingredients Needed

All the exact amounts you need are in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post. First, here is a quick list of what you need to get from the store.

Creamy orzo with mushrooms and pan-fried salmon

How to Make Creamy Orzo with Fried Salmon

This recipe makes enough to feed your family, and it only takes 15 minutes to make. That’s quicker than takeout!

Orzo and salmon kid-friendly fish dinner.

Saute Garlic and Onions First

The garlic, onions, and mushrooms give the orzo the aromatic flavor. Saute them in butter or olive oil in the same Dutch Oven that you’ll use to cook the orzo.

Cook Orzo In Chicken Stock and Milk

The chicken stock is completely optional, but I found that cooking orzo in chicken stock gives it a deeper and richer taste.

When you add the milk, it will make the orzo nice and creamy. If you are lactose-intolerant, I suggest using either plain almond milk or coconut milk instead of dairy.

Creamy orzo with mushrooms and pan-fried salmon

Fry The Salmon

The mini salmon patties only take about two minutes per side to cook. That’s it! Add the salmon on top of the orzo and dinner is ready.

Creamy orzo with mushrooms and pan-fried salmon.
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Creamy Orzo with Fried Salmon

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Creamy orzo recipe topped with the "cutest" fried salmon is a healthy meal that’ll have your family asking for more. Promise!
Prep Time:15 minutes
Cook Time:30 minutes
Total Time:45 minutes




  • Dutch Oven
  • Non stick Pan
  • Spatula


  • 3-4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil divided
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 3-4 cloves garlic
  • cups brown mushrooms chopped
  • 3 cups dried orzo
  • 2 cups chicken stock home made you can also use water
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • ground pepper to taste
  • 1 packet Happy Fish frozen salmon
  • sprigs of fresh dill


  • In a Dutch oven, Heat 1-2 tbsp EVOO over medium-high and add onion – sauté for about 2 minutes.
  • Add garlic and mushrooms and cook until fragrant, about 3 minutes.
  • Add orzo, chicken stock and milk. Bring to a boil.
  • Cover and reduce heat, allowing to simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and sprinkle with black pepper. Fold to incorporate all ingredients with one another.
  • In a nonstick pan, heat 1-2 tbsp EVOO over medium high.
  • Add Happy Fish frozen salmon patties to the heated nonstick pan and sauté for 2 minutes on each side. (Yup, that’s right: you can cook it straight from the freezer. Easy peasy, right?!)
  • Serve creamy orzo on individual plates and top off with cooked Happy Fish salmon. Garnish with fresh dill.


Serving: 1portion | Calories: 427kcal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 155mg | Potassium: 446mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 131IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 115mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: creamy orzo, fried salmon, heathy dinner
Servings: 6 portions
Calories: 427kcal
Fried salmon with creamy mushroom orzo.

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  1. I think it’s so important to introduce new and healthy foods to kids. This recipe is such a great way to do that!

  2. OMG how cute are those! I love salmon, and have a hard time getting my son to eat it as well. Maybe a cute fish shape will do the trick!

  3. I am guilty and haven’t tried very many fish dishes. I’m picky, as I like my fish fresh, meaning I caught it. One of these days, I’m going to have to get over that fear and give salmon a try. I like the cute fish shapes. This recipe sounds amazing even without salmon.

  4. Wow..! That was so cute..!❤️ ❤️ ❤️ Even me asan adult would definitely love to incorporate that to any meal..???? Fried rice or macaroni both sounds great with these.

  5. This looks absolutely lovely. I think the kids are going to be happy seeing this. I am sure this is going to be awesome.

  6. I’m allergic to salmon but the recipe looks incredibly delicious! I bet all the salmon eating people are going to love it!

  7. Wow, That is true and looks really delicious and so creamy tasty, yummy meal that everyone gonna love it. I’ll make this one this weekend.

  8. Kids would love this fun and healthy dish. I will send this post to my sister in law so they can try this too.