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Panko Baked Salmon Recipe (30 minute meal!)

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EASY panko crusted salmon is ready in just 30 minutes! Not only is this panko salmon recipe easy, but it’s also made with super basic ingredients, which means that no special grocery store trips are required and chances are good that your kids will love it! Serve the panko baked salmon with an easy side of pasta and peas – dinner is ready in 30 minutes!

This baked salmon with mayonnaise and mustard recipe was originally published in May 2018 and updated in August 2020 to include helpful tips and step-by-step instructions.

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. As you can see in the pictures, salmon with panko breadcrumbs is no exception!

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 the weeknight dinner club, 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 salmon with breadcrumb crust 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.

salmon filets on a pan

How to Make Panko Crusted 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!

Ok, let’s make panko crusted oven baked salmon!

  • Cook pasta. Start water on the stove to boil.
  • Prep baked salmon dijon panko. Lay out salmon filets on a baking sheet. Mix dijon and mayonnaise and spread onto salmon. Mix olive oil and panko breadcrumbs and divide over dijon and mayo mixture.
  • Bake salmon. The baked breaded salmon will take about 15 minutes in the oven.
  • Finish pasta and peas. While the salmon is baking, cook pasta as directed. When there is a minute left, add the peas into the pasta water to cook through. Drain and toss with olive oil, Parmesan cheese, and freshly cracked pepper to taste.

Breaded salmon is easy, nutritious, delicious! Just how I like my weeknight dinners!

salmon with panko breading

What to Serve with Panko Crusted Salmon?

Because it’s important for me to create complete (aka main and side dish!) meals for the weeknight dinner club, this baked salmon with panko crumbs comes with a side dish of quick pasta and peas dish with some parmesan. It’s an easy and very kid-friendly side option.

If you would prefer to make another side, I’d try something like a steamed veggie or crunchy salad:

pasta and peas in a pot

How Long to Bake Panko Crusted Salmon?

The baked panko crusted salmon filets will take about 15 minutes to bake through. You can use a digital meat thermometer and cook it until it reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees F or until it flakes easily.

How to Store Leftover Panko Salmon

Store this mustard panko salmon in the refrigerator for 1-2 days. As with any breaded food, it’s best eaten fresh.

If re-heating, use the oven or a toaster oven if possible. Neither fish nor breaded foods reheat well in the microwave.

panko crusted salmon baked

How to Serve Panko Baked Salmon to the Whole Family

I think this is a pretty kid-friendly meal, but if fish is still a “learning it” food in your family, here are some ideas:

  • Serving Suggestion – Serve salmon as directed, but could separate the peas and pasta if necessary. Let kids top their foods with Parmesan cheese.
  • Sides – Add in some milk and fruit or bread and butter to serve along with this meal.
baked salmon with panko

More Easy Shrimp + Fish Recipes:

If you like this salmon with breadcrumb crust, you might also like some of these other easy shrimp and fish recipes:

Helpful Tools to Make Panko Salmon Recipe:

  • Digital Meat Thermometer – Want to cook meat and fish perfectly each and every time? This simple tool is a must!
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baked panko salmon recipe with peas and pasta

Panko Baked Salmon Recipe

  • Author: Emily Dingmann
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: dinner
  • Method: baked

Description

EASY panko crusted salmon is a delish meal that the whole family will love. Serve panko salmon recipe with a side of peas and pasta for a 30 min meal!


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Ingredients

  • 24 oz. salmon filets
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp. dijon mustard
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
  • 1/23/4 lb. pasta (fusilli or bow-ties)
  • 10 oz. bag of frozen peas
  • 23 oz. parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and start pot of water to boil.
  2. Arrange salmon filets on baking dish or sheet pan (lined with foil for easy clean up) and season with a little salt and pepper.
  3. Mix together mayonnaise and dijon in a small bowl and divide between salmon filets.
  4. Mix together panko and 1 Tbsp. olive oil and divide between salmon filets, spreading panko over the entire fish.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

Notes

  • 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.

Keywords: fish, salmon, easy salmon

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pan with panko crusted salmon

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  1. Mercedes

    Salmon is always a go-to meal that we eat in some form at least once a week at our house and this version looks easy and delicious! Any mayo advice? I mean what’s the deal with the avocado oil mayo, is it really healthier? I buy Hellman’s Light because I love the flavor, but I would love to hear the nutritionist’s recommendations!

    • Emily

      Haha! I have so many responses! 1) I need your go-to salmon dinner for my go-to dinner series! 2) Yes, there are mayos that are made with great ingredients and I would say, side-by-side comparing them, yes, they are healthier. BUT they are also more expensive AND I’m not really counting on mayo to provide me with a ton of nutrition. Does that make sense? So I would say go with what you like best, because I doubt you are eating that much of it!

  2. Marissa

    Thank you! This was so yummy. I’m trying to get on board the salmon train and this definitely helped! I only had honey dijon, but it was still so good. Will try it next time (and there will be a next time lol) with the regular!

  3. Annie

    Just made this for dinner tonight and it was a HIT! My 2 1/2 year old couldn’t get enough of it:) I plan on adding this to my regular dinner rotation!!

  4. Mary Daubert

    This is my favorite salmon recipe! I just add a few more spices to jazz it up a little – garlic and onion powder, paprika and Italian seasoning. My husband absolutely loves this dish!

    • Emily

      Yay! Thanks so much Mary, happy to hear that you love it! If you can add a star rating to your comment (not sure if you can) that would be awesome and helps others find the recipes, too.

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