Baked Panko Salmon is an easy dinner recipe served with a side of peas and pasta. Dinner is ready in 30 minutes!
It should come as no surprise that I love having my toddler in the kitchen with me! Since Demi could hold a spoon, I started involving her in the cooking process whenever I could.
I think she understood from a young age that food is definitely valued in our family so she was definitely interested and I love that there are so many important lessons that can be learned through food! Yes, of course there is math and sensory and all of that, but from a food perspective, there is tasting and feeling and smelling new and different foods. Trying foods that may or may not be tasty on it’s own. If Demi wants to try it, I let her. Raw onions? Yup. Raw potatoes? Sure.
We explain that sometimes food may taste better or different once it’s cooked, but I never, never, NEVER tell her that she won’t like something and I think that’s really important. No matter what you are eating/serving/sampling, if they want to try, I think they should! (Obviously this only includes safe foods!)
You can give a warning if necessary (aka salsa will be spicy but you can try it!) but it’s more about removing the expectation that kids aren’t going to like certain things. We just don’t even play into that idea at all.
With each recipe included in my meal plan, I list out a few tasks that kids can help with! Most of it is the simplest of tasks, but empowering either way and I truly believe that it helps kids get excited about food and meals.
For this baked panko salmon for example, kids can: stir together mayonnaise and dijon, stir together panko and olive oil, spread mayo mixture over salmon, sprinkle panko over salmon, drizzle olive oil and sprinkle parmesan over pasta and peas.
Ok, let’s make baked panko salmon!
The panko crust on this baked salmon is crunchy and flavorful and couldn’t be easier. It’s also incredibly kid-friendly, so if you have someone who isn’t sure about salmon, try out this recipe on them!
We simply mix together some dijon and mayonnaise to keep the salmon nice and moist while it bakes, top that with crunchy panko (my favorite type of bread crumb) along with some olive oil and bake until golden brown. On the side, we’re serving it up with a quick pasta and peas dish with some parmesan.
Easy, nutritious, delicious!Print
Baked Panko Salmon is an easy and nutritious dinner recipe served with a side of peas and pasta. Dinner is ready in 30 minutes!
- 24 oz. salmon filets
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 2 Tbsp. dijon mustard
- 1 cup panko bread crumbs
- 3 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
- 1/2 – 3/4 lb. pasta (fusilli or bow-ties)
- 10 oz. bag of frozen peas
- 2-3 oz. parmesan cheese
- salt and pepper
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and start pot of water to boil.
- Arrange salmon filets on baking dish or sheet pan (lined with foil for easy clean up) and season with a little salt and pepper.
- Mix together mayonnaise and dijon in a small bowl and divide between salmon filets.
- Mix together panko and 1 Tbsp. olive oil and divide between salmon filets, spreading panko over the entire fish.
- Bake fish for about 15 minutes, until cooked through. If breadcrumbs aren’t golden brown, then broil for 1-2 minutes, just until golden brown.
- While fish is baking, cook pasta as directed. When there is one minute left to cook the pasta, pour in frozen peas and let cook for one additional minute.
- Drain pasta and peas and return to pot. Drizzle with remaining 2 Tbsp. of olive oil, parmesan cheese, and salt and pepper to taste. Start with 1/2 tsp. of salt and add some red pepper flakes if you like a little spice.
- 1/2 lb. pasta was enough for two adults, and two small children, but I’d make 3/4 lb. if you have hungry eaters or eaters who aren’t sure about salmon.