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Panko Baked Salmon Recipe (30 minute meal!)

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This EASY panko crusted salmon is ready in just 20 minutes! Not only is this panko salmon recipe easy, but it’s also made with super basic ingredients (just like crispy baked cod), 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 air fryer cauliflower and broccoli, kale salad, pasta and peas, haricot verts, or napa cabbage slaw and dinner is ready in 30 minutes. (Tips for serving salmon to picky eaters here.)

If you love salmon as much as we do, be sure to try my furikake salmon, Caesar salmon salad, salmon stir fry, teriyaki glazed salmon, mango salsa salmon, salmon sliders, or the best salmon cakes next time.

Salmon panko crusted with a side salad.

Estimated reading time: 8 minutes

What You’ll Love About Panko Salmon Recipe

  • Crunchy topping and tender flaky salmon
  • Layers of flavor
  • Family-friendly
  • Takes just 20 minutes
  • Made with simple ingredients

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Panko Baked Salmon Ingredients

This salmon recipe is made with simple ingredients:

  • Salmon – You can use any type of salmon fillets depending on your preference. See more info on what the best type of salmon is below.
  • Mayonnaise – I recommend a full-fat mayonnaise for best flavor but low-fat will also work.
  • Dijon mustard – Dijon is a must, it gives the salmon elevated flavor.
  • Panko – Panko bread crumbs (flaky Japanese bread crumbs) are also a must as they result in a crunchy topping that you don’t get with traditional bread crumbs. You can find them at most stores or order them through amazon..
  • Olive oil – Use a high quality olive oil for best flavor.
  • Sea salt & black pepper
  • Optional – Lemons and parsley for garnish
Ingredients to make panko crusted salmon.

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!

  • Prep baked salmon dijon panko. Lay out salmon skin side down on an ovenproof pan lined with aluminum foil or parchment paper. Season lightly with sea salt and black pepper.
  • Mix mustard mixture. In a small bowl, mix dijon mustard and mayonnaise. Spread onto the top of the fillets.
Panko salmon with mayo and dijon spread on fillets.
  • Mix panko topping. In a small bowl, mix olive oil and panko breadcrumbs with a fork and sprinkle the panko mixture over on top of the mustard and mayo mixture.
Salmon fillets topped with mayo and panko crust.
  • Bake salmon. Bake salmon in the hot oven until salmon flakes and bread crumb mixture is golden brown.
Baked panko salmon in a baking dish.

TIP: For a golden brown crust, carefully broil salmon under medium-high heat (watching the entire time!) for a crunchy texture and deeper color.

  • Serve. Serve salmon with lemon wedges or lemon zest, chopped parsley, and flaky sea salt if desired along with the pasta and peas.

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s The Best Type of Salmon Should I Buy?

This is taken from my how to serve salmon to picky eaters article, but I think it’s helpful here too! There are soooo many opinions about the different types of salmon. What type of salmon is best and what salmon is most sustainable, but I have a different and more open perspective, especially if your family isn’t salmon-obsessed quite yet.

If you can afford wild-caught salmon, this is the ultimate. But if you can’t? I still want you to eat salmon!

The flavor is another piece to take into consideration. Farmed salmon has a more mild flavor and wild-caught has a stronger salmon and fish flavor. Some absolutely love the wild-caught salmon flavor – but those who are still learning to like salmon might prefer farm-raised salmon.

You’ll find some salmon sides or pre-portioned salmon filets – choose whatever you prefer or will be easiest. For recipes that call for a fillet, I prefer to buy them that way so that there’s less prep but it’s up to you.

And if you like smoked salmon, put salmon bagels (lox), smoked salmon sandwich, or smoked salmon dip on your menu soon!

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.

Plate with panko crusted salmon.

Storage Instructions

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

How to reheat

Reheat in the oven or a toaster oven if possible. Neither fish nor breaded foods reheat well in the microwave.

Can you freeze baked salmon?

You can freeze this salmon, but it is best fresh. Freeze in an airtight container (stasher bags or glass storage containers work well) for 2-3 months. Let thaw before baking in the oven.

How to Serve Panko Crusted Salmon to the Whole Family

I get it, feeding kids can be tough! But following the Division of Responsibility and knowing your job and your child’s job makes it SO much more enjoyable. You’ll be able to feed your kids any meal, which will help ensure that they are eating a variety of nutritious foods – with plenty of play food sprinkled in. 😉

Serve salmon as directed, but could definitely separate the peas and pasta if necessary. Let kids top their foods with Parmesan cheese and serve with some some milk and fruit or bread and butter to serve along with this meal if your kids aren’t big on some of the items.

And be sure to check out my salmon recipes for picky eaters article for more ideas!

All of my articles on feeding kids can be found here and if you want a FULL list of all of the videos I have with hacks, tips, scripts, and ideas for feeding kids, check out my instagram or tiktok page.

Salmon with panko topping in baking dish.

What to Serve with Panko Baked Salmon

Because I originally created this recipe for the weeknight dinner club, this baked salmon with panko crumbs comes with a side dish of quick pasta and peas dish.

If you would prefer to make another side, I’d recommend a carb like rice or pasta along with some vegetables:

More Easy Salmon Recipes

If you like this panko crusted salmon recipe, you might also like some of these other easy salmon recipes:

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Helpful Tools to Make Panko Salmon Recipe

  • Half Sheet Pan – These are the BEST sheet pans. High quality and easy to clean.
  • Panko Bread Crumbs – While you can find panko in most stores, you can also order it if it’s easier. 🙂
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Salmon panko crusted with a side salad.

Baked Panko Crusted Salmon Recipe

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EASY panko crusted salmon is a delish meal that the whole family will love. Layers of flavor and tender, flaky fish with a crunchy topping.


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  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Arrange salmon fillets skin-side down on baking dish or sheet pan (lined with foil for easy clean up) and season with a little salt and pepper.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together mayonnaise and dijon in a small bowl and spread over salmon fillets.
  4. In another small bowl, mix together panko and olive oil with a fork and sprinkle over mustard mixture, 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.


  • For a golden brown crust, carefully broil salmon under medium-high heat (watching the entire time!) for a crunchy texture and deeper color.

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Photo Credit: All photos in this post were take by Loren at Sweet Rustic Bakes

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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.

  5. Madeline

    Just made the baked salmon and pasta peas for dinner. Never thought about panko-breading only the top side of a slab of salmon… Your fish recipe sure saved my bacon tonight!