Herb Crusted Salmon


Herb crusted salmon is an easy, delicious, healthy dish everyone loves. Tender, flaky salmon is coated in an herbed, parmesan breadcrumb crust that delivers a lovely crunch without frying.

Closeup shot of herb crusted salmon on plate.

I love making salmon. There are just so many ways you can dress it up! From sauces and fancy recipes to simple herbed coatings like the one in this recipe, I make all kinds of salmon recipes for my family. This is one of my favorites because it's so easy and healthy.

Why You'll Love This Recipe

  • It only uses a handful of simple ingredients.
  • It's an easy recipe that even beginners can make.
  • The herbs and parmesan cheese add a kick of flavor to every bite.
  • It's a quick recipe perfect for weeknight dinners.

Top Tip

Pat the salmon dry before adding the herbed crust mixture. This allows it to stick more readily to the fish and get an crispier exterior.

Closeup shot of herb crusted salmon fillet on plate.


You'll only need a few simple ingredients to make this recipe, and chances are good that you'll only have to shop for one of them!

All the ingredients are listed here, but you'll find their exact amounts in the recipe card at the end of the post.

  • Salmon filets, skin on
  • Olive oil
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Grated parmesan cheese
  • Fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Salt
  • Pepper
Overhead shot of salmon fillets on plate next to bowls of seasoning, breadcrumbs, and oil.


This is an easy recipe that comes together quickly, making it perfect for any night of the week. You'll be in and out of the kitchen in no time!

The recipe highlights are listed here, but you can find the full instructions in the recipe card at the end of the post.

1: Combine the seasonings, breadcrumbs, cheese, and oil in a small bowl.

Overhead shot of bowlful of seasonings, breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, and oil.

2: Coat the top of each fillet with the mixture.

Overhead shot of unbaked herb crusted salmon fillets.

3: Place the fillets on a baking sheet lined with foil that's been coated in non-stick spray and baked until the fish flakes easily with a fork.

Overhead shot of unbaked herb crusted salmon fillets on baking sheet.
Closeup shot of baked herb crusted salmon fillet.

Substitutions and Variations

  • Your favorite firm fish fillets will work well for this recipe.
  • Use your favorite herb combination to suit your specific taste.
  • Try adding crushed nuts for more texture and flavor.
  • Add red pepper flakes for a kick of heat.


  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Mixing bowl
  • Baking sheet
  • Foil
Closeup shot of herb crusted salmon fillet toppoed with lemon wedge on plate.


Refrigerate this salmon for up to 4 days in an air-tight container. For longer storage, wrap the fillets in plastic wrap and freeze them for up to 3 months in an air-tight, freezer-safe container or heavy-duty freezer bag.

To reheat the salmon, defrost it in the refrigerator overnight if frozen. Then, place it on a baking sheet and bake at 350 until heated through.

What to Serve with Herb Crusted Salmon

Serve this salmon with rice or pasta and pair it with your favorite vegetables. Green beans, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, or any of your other favorites will all work well.

Tips for Making the Best Herb Crusted Salmon

  • Pat the fish dry with a paper towel before coating it in the breadcrumb mixture. This makes a crispier coating.
  • Be sure you spray your foil with non-stick spray, so your fish easily pulls away from the baking sheet.
  • Check your fillets for bones before preparing them. While there are normally no bones in fillets, the occasional bone can slip through the cracks.
Closeup shot of flaked herb crusted salmon on plate.


What does salmon taste like?

Salmon has a buttery, rich, slightly sweet flavor and a firm texture.

Is this recipe healthy?

This is a very healthy recipe overall. Salmon is packed with protein and omega fatty acids, and the coating is baked, not fried.

What kind of fish can you use in place of salmon?

Pollack, hake, halibut, and cod are all popular substitutions for salmon. However, any firm fish will work.

What vegetables go with salmon?

Asparagus, Brussels sprouts, green beans, sugar snap peas, broccoli, and zucchini are often paired with salmon, although almost any vegetable will work well.

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Yield: 4 servings

Herb Crusted Salmon

Herb Crusted Salmon

This easy herb crusted salmon coats flaky salmon filets with an herb and parmesan breadcrumb mixture for a crispy, delicious finish.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes


  • 4 - 6 oz salmon filets, skin on
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ cup breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  2. In a small bowl, combine olive oil, breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, parsley, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. 
  3. Press mixture onto each filet.
  4. Place breaded salmon filets on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil and sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.
  5. Bake salmon for 15 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 145ºF.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 469Total Fat 30gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 21gCholesterol 113mgSodium 849mgCarbohydrates 7gFiber 1gSugar 0gProtein 41g

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