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This rich, flavorful Parmesan Herb Baked Salmon Fillet is an easy dinner recipe that’s ready in 20 minutes — and it tastes like you spent hours in a gourmet kitchen. It’s the perfect seafood dish for a busy mom who doesn’t have the time, energy, or desire to slave over a hot stove!

Four pieces of Parmesan herb baked salmon lined up on a baking sheet, garnished with lemon wedges and fresh basil.
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  1. Parmesan Herb Baked Salmon Fillets
  2. How long does it take to bake salmon in the oven?
  3. More Salmon Recipes to Try
  4. Parmesan Herb Baked Salmon Fillet Recipe

Parmesan Herb Baked Salmon Fillets

You know that salmon is good for you, and you know that you need to make more of an effort to get it onto your family’s dinner table. But sometimes the basic fish can seem so boring, and the last thing that you want to do is spend perfectly good time and money on a meal that your kids won’t eat! Talk about a waste…

A Parmesan herb baked salmon fillet on a plate, flaked apart with a fork and garnished with sliced basil.

Instead, try jazzing up your next baked salmon fillet with a buttery Parmesan and herb crust that turns crispy and golden brown as the fish cooks.

There’s nothing ho-hum boring about that!

Baked Parmesan herb salmon fillets lined up on a baking sheet, garnished with lemon wedges and fresh basil.
A parmesan and herb crusted salmon fillet sits on a baking sheet, garnished with fresh lemon slices and fresh basil leaves.

How long does it take to bake salmon in the oven?

You’ll love how EASY this is! Plan to spend about 5 minutes preparing the baked salmon fillet and another 10-15 minutes while it cooks in the oven. That’s it!

I bake this salmon fillet at 375 degrees F, which allows the crumb topping to turn crispy and golden brown (but not burned) by the time the fish is cooked through. A thin piece of salmon might only need about 10-12 minutes in the oven at that temperature, while a thicker piece of fish may require 15-18 minutes.

Parmesan herb baked salmon plated with lemon and basil. A baking sheet of salmon fillets sits in the background.

Just keep your eye on it. You’ll know that your salmon is cooked through when it flakes easily with a fork.

Parmesan herb baked salmon crusted with a Parmesan breadcrumbs mixture and garnished with fresh lemon and basil leaves.

The Italian herbs used on this baked salmon fillet are appealing even to little kids, so you’ll likely find that even your picky eaters enjoy this meal. It’s almost like those crispy frozen breaded fish sticks that kids adore!

What should I serve with my Parmesan Herb Baked Salmon Fillet?

This versatile entree pairs well with just about any side dish. Try serving it with pesto pasta, buttered Parmesan noodles, French bread, baked dinner rolls, or rice.

For some greenery on the plate, I suggest a simple side salad with vinaigrette, a 10-Minute Creamy Cucumber Salad, 2-Ingredient Italian Sugar Snap Peas, or Oven Roasted Asparagus.

A Parmesan and herb crusted salmon fillet baked with basil and lemons.

It’s a simple and nutritious meal that won’t take you all day to prepare, and your family will actually enjoy it!

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More Salmon Recipes to Try

Parmesan Herb Baked Salmon Fillet

5 from 16 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 270.3 kcal
This rich and flavorful Parmesan herb baked salmon fillet is an easy dinner recipe that's ready in about 20 minutes! Tender salmon is coated with crispy Parmesan breadcrumbs and finished with tangy lemon juice.


  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 lb. salmon fillet
  • ¼ cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh basil or ¾ t. dried basil


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray (line with foil for easy cleanup, if desired).
  • Place salmon (skin side down) on the prepared baking sheet.
  • In a small bowl, stir together melted butter and lemon juice. Brush HALF of the butter mixture on the salmon.
  • Add breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, and basil to the remaining melted butter mixture. Stir to completely combine.
  • Use your fingers to gently press the buttered breadcrumbs onto the fish.
  • Bake for 12-18 minutes, or until the salmon flakes easily with a fork and topping is golden brown (total cooking time will vary depending on the thickness of your fish).


Cooking Just for Two? Cut the ingredients in half to cook just 1/2 lb. of salmon. The baking instructions remain the same.


Serving: 1/4 of the baked salmon filletCalories: 270.3kcalCarbohydrates: 5.2gProtein: 23.6gFat: 17.3gSaturated Fat: 6.3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 67.1mgSodium: 454.8mgPotassium: 8.4mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 1.2g
Keyword: baked salmon, easy dinner, salmon
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Author: Blair Lonergan

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Welcome to my farmhouse kitchen in the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Inspired by local traditions and seasonal fare, you’ll find plenty of easy, comforting recipes that bring your family together around the table. It’s down-home, country-style cooking!

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  1. Larry says:

    5 stars
    What to do with the OTHER half of the Butter Mixture?
    Can this be done in a Toaster/Oven?

    1. Blair says:

      5 stars
      Hey, Larry! In step #5 it says that you should add the breadcrumbs, etc. to the remaining butter mixture (so you shouldn’t have any leftover butter to use up). 🙂 Hope that you get to try it!

      I haven’t tested it in the toaster oven, but it should work if you have a large enough toaster oven to accommodate the fish. 🙂

      1. Larry says:

        5 stars
        Thanks for the fast reply. I guess I was looking for ‘remaining HALF’ in the instructions. Then, of course, the next step covered it!

        1. Blair says:

          No problem! 🙂

    2. lea says:

      5 stars
      Thanks for the recipe. Easy and tasty. Made crunchy gluten free topping. Only change would salt and pepper salmon time.

      1. Blair says:

        Thanks, Lea!

    3. Anon says:

      Good question.

  2. Kristy from Southern In Law says:

    Yummmm! This looks incredible. Especially that crunchy crumb topping ????????

  3. Colleen says:

    Not a big fish eater, but I know it’s healthy so gave it a try. Used Copper River Salmon and since I’m keto dieting used pork rinds for bread crumbs. It was tasty. Thanks

    1. Blair says:

      Sounds great, Colleen! Glad it worked out! 🙂

  4. Nila says:

    Yuk. Followed directions. Coating not only didn’t brown, it was soggy. Salmon was OK underneath. Scraped off the coating and saved rest of fish for another day.!

    1. Brett Wentz says:

      Thank you, this was awesome. I did it in a cast iron fry pan with a lid for some of it. And I added a little brown sugar to crust. And it was perfect.

      1. Blair says:

        Wonderful! That sounds great, Brett. Thanks for letting us know!

  5. John says:

    Much of this is personal taste, but FWIW, I thought it was a little too lemony, use half a lemon (1 Tbsp). Also to get a nice golden brown(ing), put it under the broiler for the last 2 minutes. I like just a little more “ta-da”in mine, so adding some chopped walnuts or pistachio enhances this greatly.

  6. Debbi Fuller says:

    5 stars
    Great recipe! Loved it

    1. Blair says:

      Thanks, Debbi!

      1. Michael White says:

        5 stars
        I LOVE THIS RECIPE. Quite easily my favorite salmon recipe I’ve come across. Made this the past two days and it’s time to get some more salmon. I used panko and found an Italian seasoned bread crumb recipe. I did slim down the lemon by accident the first time and just stuck with it and thought it was great. Thank you!

        1. Blair says:

          Wonderful! Thank you, Michael! I’m so glad that you enjoyed the salmon. 🙂

  7. Michele says:

    5 stars
    It was delicious.

    1. Blair says:

      Thanks, Michele! I’m so glad that you enjoyed it!

  8. Ann marie Moresky says:

    5 stars
    Loved this! Used almond flour with Parmesan and herbs…
    Doubled the recipe, cause I have to feed 6..squeezed extra lemon before served

    1. Blair says:

      Thanks, Ann Marie! So glad that it worked well!

  9. Kimberly Chappell says:

    5 stars
    Soooo delicious! Thank you for the recipe!

    1. Blair says:

      Yay! I’m so glad that you enjoyed it, Kimberly! Thank you!

  10. Texas boy mom says:

    5 stars
    Super easy and delicious! We’re big salmon eaters, so I needed something new to try. This recipe was a cinch to follow and I had all the ingredients on hand. Everyone agreed this is our new go to 🙂

    1. Blair says:

      That’s awesome! I’m so glad that your family approved! 🙂

  11. Lynne says:

    5 stars
    Just delish! So flavorful and easy! I’ve had a mental block to cooking fish at home. No more. Now, I’m ready for more recipes!

    1. Blair says:

      Yay! I’m so glad that it changed your mind about home-cooked fish! 🙂

  12. Tom says:

    5 stars
    Good recipe, came out great. Topping was crisp and tasty.

    1. Blair says:

      Wonderful! Thanks, Tom!

  13. Lance says:

    5 stars
    Came out perfect and tasted great!! Thanks for the recipe.

    1. Blair says:

      Thanks, Lance! 🙂

  14. Aimeevman@yahoo says:

    Can olive oil be substituted for the butter

    1. Blair says:

      Yes, that should work fine! 🙂

  15. Faustina says:

    5 stars
    Blair, this was delicious. Followed directions exactly except I didn’t have breadcrumbs so I substituted with almonds that I quickly ground. No fuss, no hassle but, beautiful, delicious salmon!

    1. Blair says:

      Wonderful! I love the idea of using the almonds. I’m sure it tasted delicious! Thanks, Faustina!