Crunchy Garlic Lemon Pepper Baked Salmon
Crunchy garlic lemon pepper baked salmon is the perfect easily-cleanup weeknight dinner! We’re combining panko with parmesan, lemon pepper seasoning, and tons of garlic to make an oven baked salmon that’s got the most addicting, crispy, crunchy crust!
Guys! Simple dinner solution, right here!
This is my crispy, crunchy, panko Parmesan-crusted salmon recipe that gets all the heart emojis! It’s a meal that’s easy enough to pull off on a weeknight, fan-ssssay enough for guests, and delicious enough to make ALL. THE. TIME.
In addition to being all the things listed above, it’s also made almost entirely in the oven, so all you need to do is brush a little butter on the bad boy, sprinkle on that crunchy crust topping and pop this little number into the oven while dinner preps itself for you. <– My most favorite meals most often cook themselves.
But before we jump into the recipe, how was your weekend? We’re in Toronto this week, visiting hubsy’s family and friends and eating our way through all the delicious food offerings just north of the U.S. border.
Sundays, are the saddest days when we’re at home (mostly because hubby flies out early Monday mornings), but this past one was spent taking in the sites at Niagara and eating wood-fired pizza loaded with stretchy mozz, fresh Margherita sauce and all the fresh basil my heart desired.
I’m also loading up on my Tim Hortons while in here, nothing new to see here, folks. That’s always the case. Every time we visit, Timmies is breakfast for at least a week straight because they make things like BIRTHDAY CAKE TIM BITS. Which, if you’re not sure what I’m talking about is essentially a munchkin that tastes like cake batter and is covered in rainbow sprinkles. My heart may explode with all the love I feel for these tiny little nuggets of cake. You say first born child, I say, first bite of birthday cake doughnuts.
I’ve already told Anees, I refuse to leave this country until I’ve eaten my weight in them, which let’s be honest, won’t take very long.
Let’s talk about this easy lemon pepper salmon recipe.
All of this starts with melted butter. You need just enough to brush and add a little to the dry panko crust mixture. In a bowl, you’ll combine a pinch of red pepper flakes, fresh chopped garlic, grated parmesan, panko, fresh or dry herbs (like parsley, Italian seasoning, and thyme), and a whole tablespoon of salt-free lemon pepper seasoning.
Friends, don’t do what I did. The first time I tested this recipe, I used regular lemon pepper seasoning, you know with all the salt and parmesan, and salted butter. I’ll give you one whole guess to figure out where that fish ended up after the first bite.
This time around, it was a definite winner! Just be sure to stick with salt-free seasoning.
Final words. Ten ingredients. Fifteen Minutes. Crispy, crunchy garlicky panko crust. Flakey salmon texture. Easy to make. Lemon Pepper Baked Salmon.
That’s all I got folks!
- 1 1/2 pounds sockeye or coho salmon (preferably wild-caught)*
- 2 tablespoons melted salted butter*
- 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
- 1/4 cup grated parmesan
- 1 tablespoon salt-free lemon pepper seasoning
- 2 teaspoons chopped parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon EACH: dried Italian seasoning AND thyme
- Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 425ºF.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the salmon fillet on the parchment paper and brush the salmon with just a little bit of the melted butter.
- In a bowl, combine the red pepper flakes, garlic, panko, parmesan, lemon-pepper seasoning, parsley, Italian seasoning, and thyme. Drizzle in the remaining butter and mix using a spoon, top the salmon fillet with the breadcrumb mixture and press down gently to help it adhere to the fish. Roast the salmon for 12-15 minutes or until almost firm to touch. You can turn the broiler on for 30 seconds to give it a little more color and crunch if you wish! Serve with lemon wedges for a little more of that zing!
- If you don't have salted butter, no worries, just add a pinch of salt to the melted butter and stir before using.