Today’s Parmesan crusted salmon recipe promises to give you an easy how-to for a delicious and healthy dinner. The dish could be your next to-die-for dinner, even after the first try.
The moist and rich salmon is seasoned with salt and pepper before coating in a blend of bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese, then baked until golden brown. The result is tender, rich fillets wrapped in a crunchy crust, making each bite a satisfying experience.
Is Parmesan Crusted Salmon Healthy?
Yes, our Parmesan crusted salmon is relatively healthy.
Salmon— the star of this recipe— is replete with omega-3 fatty acids, which are recognized as essential compounds for human health. Part of the reason is that it’s a type of fat that the human body can’t produce, and so must absorb from food.
The most impressive benefit of omega-3 is linked to heart diseases. Including fish in a daily diet, especially those rich in omega-3, can reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
In this recipe, we minimize the amount of salt to ¼ teaspoon. This helps keep the sodium level in line with the US dietary guidelines while still ensuring the dish is delicious.
Salmon can be cooked and seasoned in a multitude of ways. The only rule is the seasonings should complement, not overpower the salmon’s natural flavor.
Good Seasoning for Salmon
Salmon can hold many different seasonings and herbs due to its mild flavor and buttery texture. So, the decision on seasonings for salmon will depend on the cooking methods and personal preference.
Because our salmon is baked in the oven, we came up with a blend that can bring out the seafood’s goodness while still holding a pleasant sour note. To make this blend, simply combine salt, ground pepper, garlic powder, and lemon juice in a small bowl.
It’s a flavor-packed blend that perfectly complements the buttery fish and cheese. You can store this seasoning in an airtight container in your pantry for up to a week and use it whenever you crave a baked seafood dish.
How Long to Bake
Depending on the thickness and size of your salmon fillets, the baking time varies from 12-15 minutes at 350°F. This amount of time ensures the fish is cooked, but still pink, tender, and juicy in the middle.
The rule of thumb is to cook 10 minutes per inch of thickness of the fillet. Our salmon is about 1.5 inches, which requires 15 minutes in the oven.
If you prefer well-done salmon, leave it in the oven for 15 minutes or longer. Don’t forget to check the salmon regularly so they don’t end up tough and dry.
Make-Ahead and Storage Tips
To make this Parmesan crusted salmon ahead of time, you can prepare the Parmesan mixture the night before and spread it on the fillet just before baking.
An important tip is that salmon is not the best ingredient to cook ahead of time. Unlike chicken or pork, salmon is best eaten slightly undercooked. That way, when you reheat it later, it won’t be overcooked, or worse, dry and crumbly.
In case you couldn’t finish the salmon in one sitting, place it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3 - 4 days. When ready to use, cover your fish with foil and rebake. The foil acts as a protection against smell and prevents the salmon from drying out.
Parmesan crusted salmon is a great way to feed your family a delicious and healthy meal. To create a fulfilling dinner of 750 calories, consider our below suggestions:
1. Mashed Potatoes
If you want a nice carb to go with salmon, nothing can beat a big batch of buttery mashed potatoes. Potatoes are boiled and mashed before combining with milk, butter, heavy cream, and seasonings to make a savory, creamy dish.
2. Lemon Watermelon Juice
We suggest having a refreshing juice to reset your taste buds after those strong flavors. Lemon watermelon juice is easy to make.
Plus, it’s full of vitamins and minerals, and is a great way to support your immune system.
If you like crusted salmon filets, you might want to check out our Pecan Crusted Salmon. The nuttiness is exceptional and the flavor is straight up on point. Both recipes are the most popular in our list of crispy salmon recipes.
This Parmesan crusted salmon recipe with asparagus is quick and easy to make. Whip up some fresh salmon and your favorite vegetables of choice, and a wholesome dinner will be ready on your table in less than 45 minutes.
Toss 10 oz baby carrots and 16 oz asparagus with 1/2 tsp paprika, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, and 2 tbsp of olive oil. Transfer to a lined baking sheet, place it on the middle rack of the oven, and bake at 400℉ for 15 minutes.
Make the coating mixture: In a small bowl, stir together 1 tbsp of parsley, 1 tbsp of olive oil, 1/2 cup bread crumbs, and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese.
Season 26 oz salmon with 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper, 1 tsp lemon juice, and 1/2 tsp garlic powder.
Crack 1 egg into a separate bowl. Dip the fillets into the egg and then coat with the bread crumb mixture.
Place the salmon fillets on a broil rack. Bake at 350°F for 15 minutes.
Remove the salmon from the oven. Serve with baked carrots and asparagus. Decorate with 2 tbsp chopped parsley and 4 lemon slices.
Parmesan Crusted Salmon Recipe With Asparagus
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 451Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 4g
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Vitamin A 11328IU
Vitamin C 21mg
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Tuyet Pham is an award-winning Saigonese chef who believes that joy is the secret ingredient to delicious food. At Healthy Recipes 101, Tuyet personally tests and simplifies every recipe, ensuring maximum flavor with minimal effort. With a background at prestigious French restaurants P’TI Saigon and Le Corto, Tuyet knows how to make every dish exceptional.
Luna Regina is an accomplished writer and author who dedicates her career to empowering home cooks and making cooking effortless for everyone. She is the founder of HealthyKitchen101.com and HealthyRecipes101.com, where she works with her team to develop easy, nutritious recipes and help aspiring cooks choose the right kitchen appliances.
Lizzie Streit is a Minneapolis-based dietitian and founder of It’s a Veg World After All. She completed her MS in Human Nutrition from Drexel University, and is an expert in culinary nutrition, recipe development, and nutrition communications. Lizzie’s philosophy is centered around making nutrition recommendations, and especially the advice to eat more vegetables, approachable and realistic. She is excited to be working with the team at Healthy Recipes 101 to ensure that their recipes are both nutritious and delicious.
This Salmon Dish looks delicious. Thanks for dropping by my blog; appreciate the support. You are right, tilapia is another great choice of fish for this recipe. Your parmesan salmon will go great with my coffee orange sauce.
Coffee orange sauce sounds delicious on our salmon recipe. Thanks for the suggestion and happy cooking, Kevin!