Parmesan Crusted Salmon Recipe
Why You’ll Love This Parmesan-Crusted Salmon Recipe
This Oven Baked Salmon Recipe takes salmon to a whole new level, by coating the fish in breadcrumbs, freshly grated parmesan, and freshly chopped herbs. Not only does this parmesan crust add loads of flavor, but it also adds a crunchy texture that might even turn the pickiest of eaters into salmon lovers!
The moist rich salmon, covered with a crisp cheesy herbed topping, is a crowd-pleaser with a touch of elegance. This dish is easy enough to make on a busy weeknight, yet decadent enough to serve for special occasions and holidays!
The versatility of this parmesan crusted salmon recipe is also what I love. I can serve this with rice, pasta, potatoes, or a simple side salad! Let’s dive into exactly how to make baked salmon!
Ingredients You Need
This marvelous 6-Ingredient Baked Salmon in the Oven with Parmesan Herb Crust is what we made with a gorgeous wild-caught salmon we found at the store. Here’s what you’ll need!
- Wild Salmon Fillet – Get one large enough to feed however many people you’re feeding. Or buy two fillets!
- Breadcrumbs – I used plain breadcrumbs but you can use Italian Breadcrumbs if you’d like.
- Parmesan Cheese – Grated! Freshly grated is best, but you can use pre-grated cheese as well.
- Minced Garlic – To add to the Italian flavors.
- Fresh Herbs – I used thyme and chives and chopped them finely.
- Butter – This helps hold the crust ingredients together and adds flavor.
- Salt and Pepper – I know I said 6-ingredients, but salt and pepper don’t count! You always want to season your protein to bring out its natural flavor!
How To Bake Salmon In The Oven
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet. with foil or parchment paper. Place the salmon fillet on the baking sheet. (If you left the skin on, then place it skin side down.)
- In a small bowl, mix the bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, garlic, and herbs together. Drizzle the melted butter over the top of the mixture and season with salt and pepper. Mix with your hand to coat the breadcrumbs in butter.
- Sprinkle the mixture over the top of the salmon fillet.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes, until the salmon is cooked through, fork tender, and the crust is golden. If the crust doesn’t brown, turn on the broiler for 1 minute, then remove. Serve warm.
This Oven Roasted Salmon Recipe is a quick go-to dinner, that you can serve in a pinch, or even at a dinner party.
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Pair oven baked salmon with a parmesan crust with all of your favorite side dishes! It also goes well with simple vegetable sides like Brussels sprouts, broccoli, asparagus, or green beans. Try pairing it with some of my personal favorites:
- Grilled Romaine and Avocado Salad
- Market Bean Salad
- Sautéed Eggplant with Honey
- Oven Roasted Carrots and Potatoes
- Duchess Potatoes
- Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use frozen salmon filets?
Yes, you can! This salmon recipe elevates the flavor of any fish, fresh or frozen. And you can even use whatever type of fish you’d like. Halibut, catfish, etc.
The parmesan herb crust really takes this recipe over the top. However, don’t cook the salmon from its frozen state. Thaw it first at room temperature.
How long do I let the salmon cook?
You will know that the fish is ready to eat when the internal temperature hits 145 degrees F when using an instant-read thermometer.
What is the best temperature to bake salmon?
I think the ideal temperature to bake salmon with a parmesan herb crust is 400 F. You want the oven to be hot enough that the crust can get crispy and golden brown, and the inside can get fully cooked. If you cook it at a lower temperature, it might not get as crispy as you want it!
How should I choose fish at the store?
Look for wild-caught fish when available, sustainable farm-sourced fish, fish that is fresh-caught that day, or as a last resort, fish that was caught and frozen on the same day.
What types of salmon can I use?
There are many types that you would be able to use for this recipe, all based on your preferences or sustainability goals. There are 2 types that are labeled as the best-tasting salmon, Chinook and King Salmon. Other types that you are able to eat are sockeye salmon, coho salmon, Atlantic salmon, or pink salmon.
Do I have to use butter?
You don’t have to use butter for this recipe if you are watching your fat intake. Instead, you can brush a little olive oil over the salmon in the pan.
Can I make gluten-free oven baked salmon?
To make this baked salmon recipe gluten-free, try using crushed rice Chex cereal instead of breadcrumbs. One commenter did and loved it!
There are also gluten-free breadcrumbs that you can buy and use instead.
Tips & Tricks For Baked Salmon In The Oven
- Don’t overcook it! Make sure to cook your salmon until the internal temperature is 145 F. If you are unsure if it is done, check it with a thermometer! The exact cooking time varies depending on the thickness of your salmon.
- Switch up the herbs! You can use parsley, basil, marjoram, or dill as the fresh herbs in your parmesan herb crust!
- Substitute the parmesan cheese with other hard cheese like grana padano or pecorino romano!
- Not a fan of salmon? Replace the salmon with chicken breast for parmesan crusted chicken instead! Make sure to cook the chicken to 165 F.
Looking for More Salmon Recipe to Love? Check These Out!
- Sweet and Sour Grilled Salmon with Pineapple Salsa
- Garlic Lime Baked Salmon Recipe
- Oven Roasted Salmon with Pink Peppercorn Sauce
- Salmon Burgers with Sweet Potato Slaw
- Smoked Salmon Dip Deviled Eggs
Parmesan Crusted Salmon Recipe
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. Place the salmon fillet on the baking sheet.
- In a small bowl, mix the bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, garlic, and herbs together. Drizzle the melted butter over the top and season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Mix with your hand to coat the breadcrumbs in butter.
- Sprinkle the mixture over the top of the salmon fillet. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until the salmon, is cooked through and the crust is golden. If the crust doesn’t brown, turn on the broiler for 1 minute, then remove. Serve warm.