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Parmesan Crusted Salmon

August 18, 2021 (Last Updated: March 23, 2024)

Parmesan Crusted Salmon is a simple oven baked salmon recipe that’s ready in less than 30 minutes. Fresh salmon fillets are lightly seasoned and topped with a delicious blend of parmesan cheese, fresh herbs, and panko bread crumbs.

Parmesan Herb Crusted Salmon on White Plate

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Parmesan Crusted Salmon is a simple oven baked salmon recipe that’s ready in less than 30 minutes. Fresh salmon fillets are lightly seasoned and topped with a delicious blend of parmesan cheese, fresh herbs, and panko bread crumbs.

If you’re looking for more salmon recipes for dinner, you should try my Lemon Chive Salmon Cakes, my Honey Sriracha Glazed Salmon or a reader fave, the Buttered Honey Mustard Oven Baked Salmon!

3 Parmesan Herb Crusted Salmon Fillets on Plate

Parmesan Herb Crusted Salmon

This is one of my favorite baked salmon recipes. The combination of Italian seasoning, crispy parmesan crust, and the freshness of parsley is so mouthwatering. It’s a go-to dish that never fails to impress!

Here’s Why You’ll Love this Parmesan Crusted Salmon Recipe

  • Simple to Make: Salmon recipes have to be one of the easiest, quickest meals to prepare. Prepare this dinner entree with just 6 simple ingredients.
  • Great for Meal Prep: It’s perfect for meal-prepping so if you have leftovers, toss it with salad for lunch the next day.
  • Super Versatile: This dish is perfect for lunch or dinner. Switch out the ingredients or swap the cheese for another topping to make crispy oven baked salmon.
  • Healthy Salmon Recipe: It’s loaded with heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins B12, A & D, protein, bone-protecting selenium,
Parmesan Herb Crusted Salmon with Lemon Wedge

Ingredients for Easy Parmesan Herb Crusted Salmon

Salmon Fillets: Use 6-7 oz salmon fillets with either the skin on or off, whichever you prefer.
Fresh Garlic: Use freshly minced garlic for best results.
Panko Bread Crumbs: This provides great texture and crunch for the perfect crust.
Parmesan Cheese: Cheese is a must and a key component of the recipe. Parmesan cheese is sharp, savoury and salty.
Fresh Parsley: This herb has a bright and crisp flavour with a subtle hint of peppery freshness, adding a refreshing and herbaceous touch to the fish.
Butter: This adds buttery flavour and moisture to the salmon.
Salt and Black Pepper: Season as much or as little as desired.
Lemon: Add a touch of citrus for garnish.

Parmesan Herb Crusted Salmon in Baking Dish Uncooked

How to Make Parmesan Herb Crusted Salmon

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C), and smear 2 tbsp of butter on the bottom of a shallow oven safe dish large enough to fit all 3 salmon fillets.
  2. Generously season the salmon fillets with salt, black pepper and 1 tbsp italian seasoning, place in prepared dish and set aside. In a small bowl, add the panko bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, garlic, 1 tbsp italian seasoning, parsley, butter and mix until combined.
  3. Distribute the mixture evenly over the top of the salmon fillets and top with additional parmesan cheese as desired.
    Bake the salmon for 12-15 minutes, or until the crust achieves a golden brown colour. If the crust doesn’t brown to your liking, turn on the broiler for 1-2 minutes, then remove. Serve immediately and enjoy!
Salmon Fillet Close Shot with Charred Flesh

Parmesan Herb Crusted Salmon Recipe Substitutions

  • No Cheese: Want crispy baked salmon without the cheese? Give this dish a nutty twist by adding crushed pistachios or pecans instead.
  • Fresh Herbs: You can also use other herbs like dill and cilantro which adds a nice pop of colour.

What to Serve with Parmesan Herb Crusted Salmon

Serve this Parmesan Herb Crusted Salmon with a side of potatoes, rice or salad to make it a complete meal! Veggies like grilled asparagus, steamed mixed vegetables and roasted mixed vegetables are an excellent low carb option.

Tips for the Best Baked Salmon

  • Ensure your salmon is near room temp (not cold or frozen) before placing in the oven – this helps the salmon cook evenly. 
  • Don’t skimp on the parmesan herb topping. This is where the flavour comes from, so feel free to pack it on and make a good thick crust on top of each fillet.
  • Use good quality fresh salmon. Your salmon fillets should smell fresh and faint, not fishy or ammonia-like. It should also have a firm and shiny, bright coloured flesh. Good quality fresh salmon is the first step to a great baked salmon. 
  • Don’t overcook the salmon. I recommend cooking salmon to an internal temperature of 145°F (63°C), measured in the thickest part of the salmon, or until it becomes flaky, pink, and opaque. Keep in mind that salmon will continue to cook in the residual heat, so consider removing it slightly before reaching that temperature.
  • Leave the skin on. This provides a good fatty flavourful safety layer between the fish flesh and a hot pan.
Salmon on White Serving Dish

Storage & Reheating Instructions

After the baked parmesan herb crusted salmon has cooled to room temperature, place it in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Reheat leftovers in an oven, preheated to 350°F (175°C) for about 10 minutes or until warmed through. Cover it with aluminum foil to retain moisture.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How do you know when salmon is done?

Cooking time depends on the size and thickness of your salmon. This is determined by the thickest part of the salmon fillet, which will take the longest time to cook through. Once your salmon is done, it will easily flake – this can be done with a fork. You can also indicate doneness by checking for an internal temp of 145°F (63°C).

How to make salmon without drying it out?

Prevent salmon from drying out by choosing thicker cuts. Consider marinating the dish before cooking or adding lemon slices to retain moisture. Also, allow the salmon to rest before serving.

How do you make salmon skin crispy?

For crispy salmon skin, pat it dry with paper towels to remove any excess moisture. Then cook the salmon skin-side down in a well-greased pan to promote even crisping.

How long does it take to bake salmon in the oven?

It takes about 12-15 minutes to bake salmon in the oven at 400°F (200°C). The exact cooking time will vary based on the size and thickness of the filets, the oven temperature and the make and model of the oven itself.

3 Salmon Fillets on Plate with Lemon Garnish

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Parmesan Herb Crusted Salmon on White Plate

Parmesan Crusted Salmon

Taneisha Morris
Parmesan Crusted Salmon is a simple oven baked salmon recipe that's ready in less than 30 minutes. Fresh salmon fillets are lightly seasoned and topped with a delicious blend of parmesan cheese, fresh herbs, and panko bread crumbs.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Fish & Seafood, Lunch, Main Dishes & Entrees, Quick, Easy & Under 30
Cuisine American
Servings 3 servings
Calories 520 kcal

Equipment

  • Shallow Oven Safe Dish

Ingredients
  

  • 3 Salmon Fillets skin on or off
  • 2 tbsp Italian Seasoning divided
  • 4 Cloves Garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup Panko Bread Crumbs
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese shredded + 2 tbsp for topping
  • 3 tbsp Fresh Parsley finely chopped
  • 5 tbsp Butter softened to room temperature
  • Salt and Black Pepper to taste
  • 1 Lemon squeezed and sliced for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C), and smear 2 tbsp of butter on the bottom of a shallow oven safe dish large enough to fit all 3 salmon fillets.
  • Generously season the salmon fillets with salt, black pepper and 1 tbsp italian seasoning, place in prepared dish and set aside. In a small bowl, add the panko bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, garlic, 1 tbsp italian seasoning, parsley, butter and mix until combined.
  • Distribute the mixture evenly over the top of the salmon fillets and top with additional parmesan cheese as desired. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the salmon is cooked through and the crust is golden. If the crust doesn’t brown to your liking, turn on the broiler for 1-2 minutes, then remove. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 520kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 42gFat: 35gSaturated Fat: 17gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 155mgSodium: 533mgPotassium: 994mgFiber: 3gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 1183IUVitamin C: 26mgCalcium: 308mgIron: 3mg

Note, the nutritional information is calculated using a nutrition facts calculator. It is a rough estimate and can vary based on products used.

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4 Comments

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    Joy DeNicola
    June 26, 2023 at 6:37 pm

    5 stars
    I love this recipe. The result of this recipe was outstanding. Better than many fine restaurants. I broiled the salmon for 2-3 minutes at the end and that incredibly delicious topping was very crispy while the salmon stayed very moist and tender. Totally love this. It is so elegant. I would make this for even the most fussy, snooty guests! ?

    • Reply
      Taneisha Morris
      July 13, 2023 at 9:17 pm

      This makes me so happy, Joy! So glad you loved this recipe, it’s one of my favourites!!

  • Reply
    Kathleen Stewart
    October 6, 2023 at 4:46 pm

    5 stars
    Yummy! definitely would make again and again, and one more again for good measure

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