Crispy Garlic Parmesan Salmon Recipe (+ VIDEO) (2024)

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Crispy Garlic Parmesan Salmonis ready on your table in less than 15 minutes, with a 5-ingredient crispy crumb top! Restaurant quality baked salmon right in the comfort of yourown home!

Garlic, salmon and parmesan and cheese… YES!This oven baked salmon is one of our favourite recipes, righhht up there with other sheet pan salmon recipes on this blog like this Honey Garlic Butter Salmon (which now has a video), or maybethis Lemon Garlic Baked Salmon. Not only is it easy and quick to prepare,ittasteslike a top chef has made it in your humble kitchen.

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HOW TO MAKE Crispy Garlic Parmesan Salmon

    1. Make sure you position your oven rack to the middle of your oven before preheating it.
    2. For this recipe you can use a skin on or off side of salmon. We love skin on as the oils keep the salmon so juicy underneath while it bakes.
    3. I line my baking sheet with aluminium foil, but you can use parchment paper instead.
    4. Use fresh shredded parmesan in the crumb topping instead of the fine powdery parmesan found in plastic containers. It gives it a better flavour.
    5. You can use fresh chopped Dill instead of OR in addition to parsley!
    6. During testing we found fine breads crumbs came out crispier. You can also use Panko breadcrumbs if that’s what you have on hand.
    7. Try to coat your salmon evenly before baking. I also spray my crumb topping with a light coating of cooking oil (not non-stick oil) to help the topping brown better in the oven.

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

About 12 to 15 minutes, depending on the size or thickness of your side of salmon. We prefer ours pink in the middle for juicy salmon. If you like your salmon well done, leave yours in for 15 minutes or longer. Just be careful not to dry it out too much.

What’s A Good Side Dish With Salmon?

      • Avocado Corn Tomato Salad
      • Balsamic Chickpea Avocado Feta Salad
      • Mashed Potatoes
      • Smashed Potatoes
      • Asparagus
      • Brussels Sprouts
      • Creamed Spinach
      • Baked Zucchini
      • Scalloped Potatoes
      • Corn On The Cob

What Wine Goes With This Salmon?

With this recipe, I’d recommend a white wine. A glass of chilled Fruity Rose (sparkling if you can find it), Riesling, Pinot Gris or White Pinot Noir all pair perfectly well with this. If you’ve tried others, please let us know in the comment section below!

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After baking, take a step back to admire the fact that you made gourmet salmon in minutes! Golden, crispy parmesan herb crumb filled baked on tender, falling apart salmon. Does it get any better? No.

Wesqueeze some lemon juice over each slice for extra flavour, but it’s totally optional!Everyone loves it!

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Crispy Garlic Parmesan Salmon is ready and on your table in less than 15 minutes, with a 5-ingredient crispy top! Restaurant quality salmon right at home!


Prep: 10 minutes mins

Cook: 15 minutes mins

Total: 25 minutes mins

Serves: 8


  • 2 pounds (1 kg) side wild salmon fillet (about 2 kg | 4 pounds)
  • 2/3 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 2/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley
  • 4 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • Salt and pepper
  • Lemon wedges , to serve


  • Position a rack in the middle of the oven. Preheat oven to 400°F | 200°C. Line a baking tray / sheet with a large piece of foil. Place the salmon fillet, skin side down, on the baking sheet; set aside.

  • Mix together the breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, parsley and garlic in a small bowl. Pour in the melted butter; season with 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/3 teaspoon pepper (or to taste). Using your hands (it's easier than using a wooden spoon), mix the ingredients together until the breadcrumbs absorb the butter (about 40 seconds).

  • Pour the mixture over the salmon, pressing it into the top until the fillet is completely covered. Lightly spray salmon with cooking oil spray for a golden crumb.

  • Bake uncovered for 12-15 minutes (depending on the thickness of your fillet), until the crust is golden and the salmon is cooked and flakes easily with fork.

  • Serve with lemon wedges and a squeeze of lemon (optional). Team with a salad, steamed vegetables, rice or mashed potatoes.


Calories: 305kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 379mg | Potassium: 605mg | Vitamin A: 530IU | Vitamin C: 3.2mg | Calcium: 132mg | Iron: 1.6mg

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  1. Pamela says

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    Delishious. We opened a bottle of Sauvignon BLANC to share with it. Good dinner. We also had a green salad.


  2. John Mowchan says

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    Great recipe! Took longer to cook than directed since my salmon cuts were thicker; about 30 minutes. Because the cuts were thicker, the amount of Parmesan crust was thicker. Thicker is not necessarily better. When we bit into the first bite there was way too much crust. We then had to slice and dice the salmon to mix the salmon with the crust. Not as pretty, but very tasty. The vote from the family it is a keeper.


  3. Lucinda says

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    Made this last night & it was super delicious. I used dried parsley & dill. My only problem was that it took 22 minutes to cook. But so worth the extra time. So moist & delicate. Thank you !


    • Janet says

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      I have the same issue, mine always takes around 23 minutes as well.


    • Val says

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      I made this tonight and I am in love with this recipe! Easy and so delicious I used rainbow trout, which is similar to salmon but more affordable. Thanks for this wonderful recipe!


  4. Lindsey says

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    So delicious! Made this for Mother’s Day and it was a treat! Simple to make and it tasted like a restaurant dish. Will definitely be making again.


  5. Kathy says

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    I don’t like cooking at all, I don’t find it enjoyable because the recipe takes to long or the food doesn’t come out as I would like it too. This recipe is AMAZING!!! It was easy to make and not a lot of ingredients. It will be in my rotation for the week. Thank you so much ! I look forward to more recipes you post!!


    • Lelita says

      Thank you for posting..What side dishes did you have with it?


  6. Pam says

    This was one of the very best recipes With salmon I’ve tried so far !!Thank you so much will be making this again soon


  7. Tari says

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    P.S. I’m sorry I don’t have a picture, but my husband finished it before i had the chance- a true testament to a DELICIOUS dish!!!!


  8. Tari says

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    I make a delicious grilled salmon (and I’m not even sure why it comes out so consistently good) That being said I rarely want to cover my perfect salmon, but I’ve been SO EXCITED with MANY recipes on your site!!!!! IT WAS OUTSTANDING!!!!!!!! I can’t wait to make it again for company. Straight forward, easy and delicious!!!!!


  9. Johanna says

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    Hi, I’m planning on making this for supper but I only have italian seasoned breadcrumbs and pecorino romano cheese. Do you think it’s ok to use? Also have you tried adding lemon zest in the crumb mixture? Thanks for recipe!


    • Kayla says

      Crispy Garlic Parmesan Salmon Recipe (+ VIDEO) (21)
      Huge hit at my house! I try to make salmon twice a week. I use the frozen salmon that’s individually wrapped so I cut this recipe in half. Used dill instead of parsley…perfect! I also saw someone mention lemon zest in the breading, I’ll have to try that next time!!


      • Shari says

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        I tried this for the first time and it was so delicious I will be making this dish again


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Crispy Garlic Parmesan Salmon Recipe (+ VIDEO) (2024)


How to get a good crust on salmon? ›

Letting the fish sear untouched in hot oil creates a lovely, flavorful, and golden crust. Carefully flip the fillets and reduce the heat to medium. Continue cooking until done to your liking, 4 to 5 minutes more. Transfer to a platter and serve.

Should salmon be baked or fried? ›

Baking salmon in parchment paper is one of the healthiest cooking methods. It's also easy to prep and clean up. However, some people may prefer the texture of pan-fried or grilled salmon over steamed salmon en papillote.

How does Gordon Ramsay bake salmon? ›

Fold the edges of the foil tightly together over the salmon to seal, leaving some space in the parcel for steam to surround and cook the fish. Put the salmon parcel in the roasting tin and cook in the centre of the oven for 25 - 30 minutes, depending on the thickness of the salmon.

What to put on top of salmon? ›

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  2. Dry Mustard Powder. When it comes to what herbs and spices go best with salmon, dry mustard is at the top of the list. ...
  3. Smoked Paprika. For a touch of smokiness.
  4. Salt. ...
  5. Cumin. ...
  6. Ginger. ...
  7. Garlic Powder. ...
  8. Allspice.
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How do restaurants get salmon so crispy? ›

Here's the secret: Let the fish cook for 90% of the time on the skin side. This thoroughly crisps the skin, and also results in a gentler cooking for the flesh side of the salmon.

Does salmon taste better with butter or oil? ›

A seared fish necessity. Butter + Oil. Butter makes everything better, and the oil is key for helping create the crispy exterior. Make sure to use an oil with a high smoke point like canola, grapeseed, or avocado oil to avoid burning it.

What is the tastiest way to cook salmon? ›

Wrap your salmon in a parchment packet with aromatics, citrus, veggies, and a drizzle of olive oil. The steam trapped in the packet will infuse the fish with flavor and cook it gently, making it tender and juicy. Bonus: The parchment packets only take about 15 minutes at 425°F and the cleanup is minimal.

Do you flip salmon in the oven? ›

Put in a salmon filet skin side down, added salt and pepper, covered it with a lid and cooked until it was mostly done. Then flipped it over and finished it on the other side.

What is the white stuff coming out of my salmon? ›

The white stuff that oozes out of salmon is called albumin, a type of protein in the fish (other foods with albumin include eggs, beef and milk). You can't see albumin when the fish is raw—it only appears when the salmon is exposed to heat. As salmon cooks, the albumin turns from its liquid state into a semi-solid one.

What not to do when cooking salmon? ›

5 Common Mistakes That We All Make When Cooking Salmon
  1. Not removing pin bones. Fact: Most salmon fillets have pin bones in them. ...
  2. Mistreating the skin. ...
  3. Using the wrong pan. ...
  4. Overcooking your fish. ...
  5. Reheating leftover salmon.
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What is the secret to best salmon? ›

A dry brine gives you firmer, juicier fish fillets with kettle-chip-crisp skin. Credit... Gentl and Hyers for The New York Times.

What brings out the flavor of salmon? ›

Spices: Dried spices, such as onion powder, garlic powder, and cumin, can add depth of flavor to salmon. Smoked paprika or sweet paprika can add smokiness to the salmon. To add heat, try chili powder, cayenne pepper, jerk seasoning, Cajun seasoning, or Chinese five-spice powder.

How do you get golden crust on fish? ›

Oil or avocado oil: Combined with the heated pan, a film of oil is all you need to create the golden crust. Combined with the salt and pepper, the result is simple but impressive flavor and texture. Don't move the salmon until ready to flip: Allowing the fish to cook in one spot will allow a better crust to develop.

Why didn't my salmon skin get crispy? ›

The two key things to ensure crispy salmon skin are dry skin, and not skimping on oil! Oil helps distribute the pan's heat evenly as well as fry the skin to help crisp it. If you skimp on oil, the skin will just burn instead of going golden, and it really won't be that crispy.

How do you get crispy skin on salmon without burning it? ›

Carefully drying the salmon helps ensure that the skin does not stick, as does preheating the pan before adding the fish. Pressing down on the fish as soon as it hits the pan keeps the skin flat, so that the fish cooks evenly and the skin crisps all over.

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