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.
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!
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:
- Simple Green Salad – The “house” salad I could eat daily.
- Arugula Salad with Dried Figs – Sweet, salty, and crunchy.
- Broiled Asparagus – Asparagus and mustard crusted salmon are a perfect match.
- French Green Beans – Three ways to make the best green beans (IMHO)!
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.
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.
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:
- Caesar Salmon Pasta Salad – A family favorite. A simple homemade Caesar dressing is tossed with pasta, romaine, and all topped with grilled salmon.
- Asian Shrimp Stir Fry – Stir fried shrimp and veggies, fresh toppings, and plenty of pasta.
- Grilled Tilapia in Foil – Cook your fish outside with this easy fish dinner.
- Apricot Glazed Salmon – Just three ingredients to make this sweet and savory salmon.
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!
- 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.
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