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Crispy baked salmon fillets on a platter with lemon slices.

Crispy Baked Salmon

5 from 1 vote
Created by Mariam E.
Crispy baked salmon comes together in just 25 minutes with a few simple ingredients. This parmesan crusted salmon recipe is tender and flaky and topped with a crisp, cheesy crust that will satisfy your senses and taste like a dish you’d get in a nice restaurant.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings


  • 4 center cut Salmon fillets 6 oz each
  • cup unsalted butter melted
  • ¾ cup panko bread crumbs
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese grated
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Lemon wedges to garnish


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line the baking tray with aluminum foil and set aside.
  • Pat dry the salmon with a kitchen towel and brush the salmon with melted butter on both sides. Set aside.
  • In a medium shallow bowl, combine panko, parmesan, parsley, paprika, pepper, garlic powder, and salt.
  • Dredge the salmon over the panko mixture and press both sides of the salmon for an even coating.
  • Transfer the panko-coated salmon to the prepared baking tray. Bake the salmon for 12-15 minutes until the salmon is cooked through.
  • Allow the baked salmon to rest for 5 minutes and serve them with lemon slices on the sides.


  • Bring the fish to room temperature for about 15 minutes for even cooking. If you purchase frozen salmon filets, thaw them completely before beginning this recipe. 
  • You can remove the salmon skin but leaving it on helps keep it juicy. 
  • Dry the salmon well before brushing with melted butter. 
  • Use real, fresh parmesan rather than the dry grated kind in a can. 
  • Press the coating into the salmon, so it cooks evenly. 
  • Line the baking sheet with foil or parchment paper for easy clean up. 
  • Spritz the top of the parmesan coating with a bit of cooking oil for an extra crispy and golden parmesan salmon. 
  • Loosely cover with foil if the coating is browning too quickly.


Calories: 458kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 643mg | Potassium: 900mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 909IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 189mg | Iron: 2mg
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