In need of a new way to cook your salmon? Try putting some breadcrumbs on it! But wait, no need to buy a whole container of breadcrumbs. There are so many foods you can use instead of prepackaged breadcrumbs. I am sure that you have a lot of food on hand that you can use for breading! Try using crackers, day-old bread, or toast. You have so many options here! Just make sure that whatever you decide to use, you pulse it for a couple of seconds with some fresh parsley. Be sure to not pulse it too long or it will turn into a powder consistency. You want a crumb texture and not a powdery texture.
Using fresh parsley not only makes the crumb mixture pretty, but it helps to evenly flavor the breadcrumbs and give your salmon that herby crust that you’re looking for in this recipe. After you pulse the breadcrumbs with the fresh parsley, transfer the mixture to a bowl. Then, add in the salt pepper, and garlic powder. Stir it together. If you have a special kind of seasoning blend that you’d like to add to your salmon, then add that in there too. I found the seasonings that I used to be flavorful enough. What you’re really trying to achieve is an herby, crunchy and flavorful breading to go on top of the salmon.
The star of the show here really is the breading. What I love about the breading is that it is also versatile. You can use this breading on chicken or tilapia and other types of fish. It will make for the most delicious crunch on really any kind of meat or fish that you choose to use it with. You can even sprinkle this breading on top of some mashed potatoes or some scallop potatoes. And, I can guarantee you that it will be absolutely DELICIOUS. It might look like a lot of crumb topping for two pounds of salmon, but try to use all of it if you can!
How do you get the breadcrumbs to stick to the salmon? you might ask. Well, that part is easy. The top of the salmon must be patted dry with a paper towel to get rid of any excess moisture. Fortunately, this recipe calls for olive oil. So go ahead and either pat or spray some right on top of the salmon. Then, pour the crumb mixture on top and pat it on the fish. Spray or drizzle some more olive oil on top if you would like.
Next, bake the salmon in a 400°F/200°C oven anywhere between 17 to 20 minutes. This time frame will yield a medium-well to well-done salmon. If you like your salmon cooked more to a medium, then cook it for a few minutes less than instructed.
This is the perfect dish to make if you want to impress somebody like a loved one, a friend, a house guest. Or, simply make it if you want to impress your very own palate. However you choose to serve this, it’s going to be delicious. I like to pair this with something such as spinach or kale. Even a salad and a roasted sweet potato go well with this salmon! I hope you enjoy making and eating this yummy Breaded Salmon!