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This delicious Baked Salmon with Parmesan Herb Crust is simple and one of the best salmon recipes! Made with four ingredients and ready in under 20 minutes, it’s perfect to serve any time!

Salmon has always been one of my very favorite dishes. It’s simple to make and comes together quickly, but is such an elegant dish to serve! Whether serving this version with the savory parmesan crust, or my Sheet Pan Teriyaki Salmon with Green Beans, I prepare this favorite fish often.

Baked Salmon with Parmesan Herb Crust is baked until golden brown //

I’ve raved time and again about my love for salmon recipes. Salmon is delicious, easy to find, and full of healthy omega-3’s and more. It’s versatile too since it can be enjoyed for brunch with eggs, on a salad for lunch, and prepared so many ways for dinner, to included Grilled Salmon or this baked salmon recipe. Thankfully my family loves salmon too, as this baked salmon is out of this world delicious and is a salmon recipe that I turn to time and time again!

Baked Salmon Recipe with Parmesan Herb Crust

Dinner is quick and simple with this salmon recipe. Made with only four ingredients, it comes together in less than 20 minutes. This makes it great to serve on a busy weeknight, but it’s still decadent enough to serve guests too. Absolutely delicious, this rivals any salmon I’ve ever eaten at a restaurant.

How to Make Baked Salmon with Parmesan Herb Crust

This baked salmon is one of my favorite salmon recipes to prepare – it is so quick and easy! To make this delicious dish, you need to start with a good quality salmon.

Here are some characteristics to consider when buying salmon.

Wild-caught salmon vs. Farm-raised salmon

I prefer wild-caught salmon over farm-raised salmon for several reasons:

  • lower in fat and calories
  • high in healthy omega 3 fatty acids
  • feeds on natural ocean diet, not corn or grains like farm-raised
  • higher in vitamin D and vitamin B12
  • high in zinc, selenium, and other nutrients
  • bright orange/red flesh

Once you’ve chosen your salmon fillets, here’s how you make this Baked Salmon with Parmesan Herb Crust:


  • salmon fillet
  • garlic cloves
  • parsley
  • Parmesan cheese


Temperature and baking time are important as salmon is a beautiful, delicious fish and not one you want to overcook.

Preheat and Prep. Preheat the oven to 425º F. While oven preheats, line rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and then place salmon on the sheet pan.

Bake. Cover the salmon with another piece of parchment paper and then bake it in the oven for about 10 minutes.

Chop and mix. While salmon bakes, mince the garlic and chop the parsley and Parmesan cheese and mix it all together.

Sprinkle topping and return to oven. Next, 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.

Remove from oven and rest. The salmon should register 135º F on an internal temperature probe. Then, remove it from the oven and allow it to rest for about 5 minutes. This allows for any carryover cooking before slicing and serving.

What to Serve with this Baked Salmon

So many side dishes pair beautifully with this salmon recipe. Here are a few that we enjoy with it.

Skillet Zucchini

Garlic Butter Roasted Asparagus Recipe

Instant Pot Brown Rice

Slow Cooker Green Beans


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!

Baking sheet lined with parchment with Baked Salmon with Parmesan Herb Crust being flaked with a fork //

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

4.9 from 67 votes

Baked Salmon with Parmesan Herb Crust Recipe

Dinner 17 mins

Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Servings 4
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Author Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch
This delicious Baked Salmon with Parmesan Herb Crust is simple and one of the best salmon recipes! Made with four ingredients and ready in under 20 minutes, it's perfect to serve any time!


  • 1 salmon filet about 2 pounds, left whole

Parmesan Herb Crust:

  • 3 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/2 cup chopped Parmesan cheese


  • Preheat oven to 425º F. Line rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil for easiest cleanup.
  • 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 the cheese has melted, the baked salmon flakes easily with a fork, and the salmon registers 135º F when checked with an internal thermometer probe, about 5 more minutes. The Parmesan cheese should have melted and lightly browned.
  • Allow to rest about 5 minutes and serve.


Nutritional Information

Calories: 424kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 68g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 417mg | Potassium: 41mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 414IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 157mg | Iron: 1mg

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Recipe Review


  1. This recipe is so simple to follow (as is) and the finished product is just delicious! My family loves this salmon anytime!

    1. I’m happy your family enjoys this recipe, Kacee. I love these simple recipes, too.

  2. I absolutely love this recipe. Every since I have tried it, I haven’t wanted my salmon any other way and my teenaged son loves it this way too.

  3. I’ve made this twice now and both times the cheese doesn’t seem to melt? I’m using grated Parmesan, baking for 10 min then the additional 5 or so with the mixture. Anyone else have this problem?

    1. Christine, grated Parmesan cheese has an anti-caking agent added to prevent it from sticking together. I have found that sometimes it does not cook as well as I want. I always use block Parmesan cheese and grate or shred myself.

  4. Tried this tonight, delicious and super easy. We like lemon on our fish which just added an extra boost of flavor. Also put it on toast for a light dinner. I added foil under the parchment, not sure if that’s what made salmon come off of skin or not but came off easily. Thnx for a great, easy recipe!!

    1. Thanks, Mary Ann. Don’t you just love it when you find a recipe your husband really enjoys? I always do.

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