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Parmesan Crusted Salmon

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Parmesan Crusted Salmon – the beautiful parmesan crumb crust imparts lots of parmesan flavor to the baked salmon and the genius way of controlling the temp when cooking it will yield the most flavorful and juicy salmon fillet.

Those whose family is into fishing, know that it’s salmon season, which means that this is when we get to eat a ton of fish. This recipe is just another way we take advantage of the abundance.

Parmesan crusted salmon, uncooked, on a foil lined baking sheet.

I used to subscribe to Cook’s Illustrated, which I love because they do all the leg work for us, by finding the best of everything. Guess what? They came up with the best way on how to bake salmon, and I am going to share it with you 😀

They claim that by placing the salmon into a blazing hot oven, the juices get sealed in, then, by baking salmon the rest of the time at a lower temperature we preserve the juices on the inside. I can not verify this claim scientifically, but I can tell you that it sure tastes like the theory is correct, because this Parmesan Crusted Salmon was to die for!


Parmesan Crusted Salmon

Parmesan Crusted Salmon (adapted from Cook's Illustrated)
5 from 1 vote

Parmesan Crusted Salmon - the beautiful parmesan crumb crust imparts lots of parmesan flavor to the fish and the genius way of controlling the temp when cooking it will yield the most flavorful and juicy salmon fillet. 

Author: Marina | Let the Baking Begin
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: paresan crusted salmon, salmon recipe
Calories: 463 kcal
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 servings


  • 2 lbs Salmon Fillet skinless
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil or mayonnaise
  • 1 clove garlic pressed – or garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper ground


  • ½ cup Panco breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cups Parmesan cheese grated



  1. Preheat the oven to 500°F.

  2. Meanwhile, wash 2 lbs fish fillets and dry with paper towel.

  3. Place fillet on a baking sheet lined with foil or parchment paper.
  4. Sprinkle with 2 Tbsp olive oil or apply a thin coat of mayonnaise.

  5. Sprinkle the 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper & 1 garlic powdered or pressed garlic on top.

  6. Mix 1/2 cup breadcrumbs & 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese.

  7. Sprinkle the breadcrumb mixture and press it in with your hand.
  8. If you want to have individual servings, cut the fillet into individual portions.
  9. Place the baking sheet with fish in the oven and turn the heat down to 275F, immediately. Bake for 9 minutes.
  10. Then, broil for 3-4 minutes until the crust becomes golden in color.
Nutrition Facts
Parmesan Crusted Salmon
Amount Per Serving
Calories 463 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 128mg43%
Sodium 880mg38%
Potassium 1137mg32%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Protein 49g98%
Vitamin A 140IU3%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 126mg13%
Iron 2.5mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Welcome to Let the Baking Begin! I'm Marina and my love and passion for eating only the most delicious foods drive me to share that love here on Let the Baking Begin (since 2009). With over 20 years of experience in the kitchen, you know the recipes are tested and retested until perfect. I'm so happy to have you here. Enjoy! Read more...

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  • Aimee

    Delicious! Making this ahead for lunches, have you ever frozen leftovers? Just wondering how it tastes afterwards?

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    • Thanks Aimee! I can’t tell you anything about freezing leftovers as I haven’t done it myself. May be someone else has and can tell us how it was?

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  • Patrick Wemitt

    I have made this twice, each time I have found the fish under cooked even though I cooked it at 275 for ten minutes the second time. I also broiled it for the recommended time and it nearly burned. Is the thickness of the filet a factor? Yes I did preheat to 500 each time. To complete the cooking process I took it off broil and baked it at 275 for at least 2 more minutes with foil on top. It is a great dish.

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    • Hello Patrick, thanks for your feedback!
      And, yes fillet thickness is a factor, and what do you mean by undercooked? Was it transluscent pink? Because with this method the fish should be very moist but not translucent. As far as broiling it says to broil it for 3-4 minutes until golden in color, so next time just watch it and remove it from the oven as soon as it gets golden in color, for different ovens it might different time.
      One more thing, when you preheat the oven, depending on what kind of oven you have you might have to preheat it for longer or shorter amount of time, to build up enough heat for it to cook the fish through for the remaining 9 minutes. If I had to guess, an average time you should be pre-heating the oven would be about 15-20 minutes after it has reached 500F. I might add that to the recipe for clarification.. I hope this helps 🙂

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  • April

    This was dinner tonight. It turned out great. It was juicy and flavorful yet so simple and quick. My oldest loves it as do I. Thank you for the recipe.

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    • Hi April!
      I’m happy to hear that your family enjoyed this recipe! Thanks for your feedback!

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  • Amanda R

    Just want to let you know I made this a couple weeks back for my husband and myself for supper. It was a hit with both of us for flavor and with me for ease, simplicity, and little clean up. We will definitely be having this again.

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    • Thanks Amanda for taking the time to give me your feedback! I’m glad you liked this recipe. Easy and delicious is always great 😀

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  • Kelly Kresge

    I’m looking forward to dinner! I’m making this tonight!! Love Salmon and I got a couple of filets from a friend who scored well in Pulaski! Thanks for sharing!!!

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    • Let me know how it goes Kelly!

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  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

    This may just be the most gorgeous salmon ever!

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  • Rimma

    Marina, privet. Thanks for the recipes and very nice blog.
    By the way, where did you get such beautiful plates?

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    • Thanks Rimma!
      I bought them at Home Goods a while ago.

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      • Noel

        Thank you for the great tip I love to make fish now I will think of you every time I make fish! I can’t try your recipes. Thank you!

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  • Brooke Schweers

    The crust sounds divine! The perfect way to spice up a simple mid week meal 🙂

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    • It is, thanks for your comment!

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