Baked Salmon with Parmesan Herb Crust Recipe

Baked salmon makes a weeknight meal that is easy enough for the busiest of nights while being elegant enough for entertaining. This oven baked salmon with a Parmesan herb crust is out of this world delicious! (Now with VIDEO!)

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I’ve raved time and again about my love for salmon recipes. I could happily eat it for breakfast, lunch, and supper multiple times a week without complaint. It doesn’t hurt that I can always depend on my whole family enjoying it as much as I do.

This oven baked salmon with Parmesan herb crust is definitely one of our favorites. Let me just say, it rivals any salmon I’ve ever eaten at a restaurant. And believe me, I’ve ordered more than my fair share!

It is so quick and easy to prepare, too!

While my oven preheats, I line my rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and then place my salmon on the sheet pan. I cover the salmon with another piece of parchment paper and then bake it in the oven for about 10 minutes. While it bakes, I mince my garlic and chop the parsley and Parmesan cheese and mix it all together. Next, I remove the salmon from the oven and top it with the mixture of the Parmesan, garlic, and parsley, pop it back into the oven uncovered and bake until the Parmesan melts and is lightly browned.

The salmon should register 135º F on an internal temperature probe. Then, I remove it from the oven and allow it to rest for about 5 minutes.

There’s nothing like a quick and easy recipe to get you through those busy weeknights, but I especially love this salmon recipe when we have guests. Everyone loves it!

Here’s my Baked Salmon with Parmesan Herb Crust recipe. I think you are going to absolutely love it!

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Baked salmon makes a weeknight meal that is easy enough for the busiest of nights while being elegant enough for entertaining. This oven baked salmon with a Parmesan herb crust is out of this world delicious!
Serves: 4-6
  • 1 salmon filet, about 2 pounds, left whole
Parmesan Herb Crust:
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • ¼ cup chopped parsley
  • ½ cup chopped Parmesan cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 425º F. Line rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil for easiest cleanup.
  2. Place salmon, skin side down, onto lined baking sheet. Cover salmon with another piece of parchment paper. Bake salmon for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and remove top piece of parchment paper. Top with garlic, Parmesan and parsley mixture. Return to oven uncovered and allow to bake until registers 135º F when checked with an internal thermometer probe. The Parmesan cheese should have melted and lightly browned..
  3. Allow to rest about 5 minutes and serve.

Robyn xo

Baked Salmon Recipe - Baked salmon makes a weeknight meal that is easy enough for the busiest of nights while being elegant enough for entertaining. This oven baked salmon with a Parmesan herb crust is out of this world delicious! //



213 comments on “Baked Salmon with Parmesan Herb Crust Recipe”

  1. I don’t have parchment paper. The recipe says we could use aluminium foil to line the baking sheet. Can I use aluminium foil to cover the salmon too?

  2. Absolutely delicious! My 8 year old daughter loved it and she hates anything green! Bravo!

  3. I didn’t have fresh parsley and used dried. It was still absolutely delicious and easy. I will definitely make this again. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  4. I made this almost every other week, and keep changing it up.
    Recent one is using 2 TBSP Garlic Butter (just put on top of the fish and let it melt and cover it)
    After the 10 min top with the parsley / parm cheese finish baking and squeeze some lemon on top—serve on top of some wild rice with any veggie on hand. …KEEPER FOR SURE!!

  5. Hi wanna try this can I bake it in microwave

  6. This sonds delicious. Would love to serve it to eight guests for our dinner club. Any suggestions for adding two side dishes?

  7. This is the only way I prepare my salmon now! So easy & SO DELICIOUS!
    I add a little panko bread crumbs to the mix for a little crunch too.

  8. I’ve never cooked seafood before, but I’m going to try tomorrow night. I already have everything, but I’m wondering–am I supposed to cut the skin off? I’ve heard that a lot of the time people do, but this recipe says to put it skin-side down, so that led me to believe maybe you left the skin on?

    • No need to cut it off. You can easily separate the fish from the skin once cooked, if you don’t want it on your plate. I wouldn’t eat this skin, personally, as it won’t have gotten crispy. If you really want to cook with no skin, ask the person at your fish counter to take it off for you. It can be tough to do at home.

  9. Approximately how long does the second baking time take to reach 135°F?

  10. Pretty good. I think that it needs a little salt prior to adding the parmesan, parsley and garlic mix. I also lightly rubbed extra virgin olive oil on the salmon in the beginning.

    Thanks for sharing!

  11. I’ve made this many times and it’s so good!!!

  12. Do you think dill would taste good instead of parsley?

  13. I made this several times and it’s amazing. I seasoned my salmon beforehand and I use Italian parsley.

  14. Made this loved it. I think a little basil would be nice with this recipe. Had it with scallop potatoes fresh steamed broccoli. and fresh pineapple. Mmm Mmm God

  15. Robyn: Sounds terrific – will try ASAP and let you know. Do you think 10″ would be long enough for the salmon to reach the 135 degree mark? I just want to make sure I don’t dry it out. Thanks, much!!

  16. My husband and I love fish dishes – one of our favorites is salmon . Have made this dish at least 4 times since I found this recipe. Absolutely delicious! !!! Love, love, love! !!!!

  17. I do not have a temp probe. Can you give approx baking time after putting the herb/parm topping on?

  18. I ran out of parchment paper. Do I need to cover it?

  19. Can I do this with skinless salmon?

  20. I love this recipe and my kids eat it up! So light and flavorful.

    • Hi Julie,
      It’s great that your kids love this too – always makes me so happy when the whole family enjoys something!
      Thanks so much – I’m glad you like it! xo

  21. Love, Love, Love your video, Robyn, and the music is great!!! Hope you do this all the time – if not, whenever you can. I like seeing how something is done with the finished product. I’m going to try this recipe tonight (I’m like you…..I could eat salmon all the time). Thanks, Debra

    • Hi Debra!
      Yay! I’m so excited you love the video! I am going to be adding more and more videos – I’m so glad to know you found it helpful!
      I hope you enjoy this dish – can’t wait to hear what you think of it! It’s one of my favorites.
      Thanks so much! xo


    This looks sooo good!! What are you drizzling over the finished salmon? Lemon juice? Butter? Chicken Broth?


    • Hi Ally!
      This is such a delicious recipe! I hope you give it a try and enjoy it as much as we do!
      Those are pan juices from the salmon being spooned over at the end of the video.

  23. Thanks for the video! Very nice! The salmon is definitely going to be on the table this week. 🙂

  24. Where do you buy your salmon? Is it frozen?

  25. Greetings Robyn!

    I just happened to have fresh Sockeye salmon in the fridge and made this recipe for dinner tonight. It was just wonderful and the family really loved it. What can I say? You are making me look so darned good!

    I am looking forward to making a few items in your cookbook for Easter dinner. The ham looks amazing! I will be making the ham in the oven as I don’t have a slow cooker large enough. I’ll keep it on low heat! I will also make the pepper jelly recipe in the book along with the gorgeous chocolate pie!

    I feel so spoiled! My mouth is watering already. I think I’ll try your grandma’s biscuits too! I hope you have a lovely Easter surrounded by the people you love. Thanks again for the goodies!


    • Hi Jan,
      Fresh sockeye is so delicious! I’m glad you tried this recipe and everyone enjoyed it!
      I’m thrilled you are enjoying the cookbook! The ham is so good! And that pepper jelly and chocolate pie? Oh my goodness…such favorites! Grandmother’s biscuits are treasures too.
      I’m tickled that you are making so many recipes from the cookbook and that it is a help to you in the kitchen! I really hope it is a resource for you for years to come and that the recipes become favorites for your family just as they are for mine!
      You’ve really warmed my heart, Jan. I hope your Easter is so very special for you as well!
      Thank you!
      Robyn xo

  26. Hi Robyn,

    I am so excited about trying this tomorrow. I am no cook and have had to think of making healthy quick dinners and would like to use certain herbs so they don’t spoil… Do you think if I, were to add thyme, flat leaf parsley & garlic & chop it up (maybe a smaller amount) do you think it may taste as good or would it overpower taste? I do not have an internal thermometer, how much longer should it go back in the oven for?

  27. Hi Robyn,

    Do you think adding thyme with flat leaf parsley & garlic would enhance the taste? Would thyme be good with salmon this way?

    • Forgot to add the parmesan too!!! Thyme, flatleaf parsley, garlic & parmesan, sorry.

      • Hi AnaMaria!
        I’ve not tried that combination with adding thyme but if you do try it, let me know how it turns out.
        If you don’t have a thermometer to check the temperature, cook 5 minutes after putting the topping on – until cheese is melted and is lightly browned.
        I hope you enjoy this recipe – it’s such a delicious favorite in our family!

  28. I don’t know why, but I am always a little intimidated to cook salmon, but it really can not be easier and healthier than this. Thank you, I am definitely trying the recipe and your technique with the parchment paper.

    Hope you are having fun on your road trip…

  29. We love salmon at our house, and this looks like the perfect recipe for busy weeknights or easy entertaining! Can’t wait to try it!

  30. Do we have to season the salmon first with salt front and back or we dont have to do that? Thanks! Can’t wait to try!

    • Hi Elena,
      You don’t have to season first. The recipe and recipe instructions should help guide you as to what steps to take. Hope you enjoy it! It’s so delicious! Thanks

  31. Do you need to season this with salt and pepper first? It seems like it may be bland otherwise?

  32. What did you serve with this for guests? I’m having a dinner party with 8 people and want something I can make ahead as side, or at least prep.

  33. I’m trying this recipe for a picnic tomorrow and want to cook it on the grill in foil. Have you tried cooking your recipe this way and your thoughts about time?
    It looks delicious!

  34. what are you drizzling on the salmon at the end of the video? Do tell 🙂

  35. there are two of us that eat very little. can this be made with less salmon?

  36. Oh my gosh- this is pure perfection! I love healthy recipes that don’t have 50 million steps. This one is definitely a keeper!

    Rating: 5

    • I’m so glad you love it, Jennifer! It truly does make for a flavorful, quick and easy salmon recipe, I think! I’m glad you enjoyed it, too! xo

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