So one of my favorite things to do is take a classic dish and give it a new twist. Today’s rendition of that is Chicken Parmesan, with a seafood vibe, classically named Salmon Parmesan. Basically, this is breaded salmon with a parmesan crust. It is everything you can expect from a traditional Chicken parmesan recipe and pretty much the only difference is that breaded salmon is used instead of poultry.
- Salmon-try to find the most fresh, salmon cakes that are thicker in size as you see below. Avoid buying the thinner salmon filets with more surface area for this recipe
- Fresh herbs-oregano and thyme are used to give the dish the added earthiness; these are added to the sauce
- Freshly grated parmesan-adds fragrant flavor to the fish, this should be added to the breadcrumbs (and tomato sauce should you wish to add a little extra on top
- Breadcrumbs-use the regular breadcrumbs that are fine, no panko will be used today!
- Flour-part of the breading process, it's the first step
- Egg-another part of the breading process that helps the breadcrumbs and parmesan stick to the fish while also adding another layer of flavor
- Olive oil- used to give the plain tomato sauce more flavor
- Garlic-also used to give the tomato sauce more flavor
How do I make the tomato sauce?
Something I would love to start doing more of is making my own pasta sauces and then saving them in the freezer for use at a later date. Until then, something that I do for some meals is make a semi-homemade version. This particular sauce is made with an organic canned tomato sauce with no added seasonings to begin with but I add my own fresh herbs, minced garlic, and a good quality olive oil.
What cut of salmon should I use?
For this dish, I used thicker cuts of salmon filets. Using a more thin filet will significantly alter the cooking time so just keep this in mind. You can choose to leave the skin on if this is your preference but I chose to leave the skin off. Before breading, make sure the salmon is seasoned well. Use your hands to massage the seasonings into the skin, giving the spices an even coat on all sides.
How to bread the fish for Salmon Parmesan
The process to get that delicate breading on the outside is a relatively simple one that I use for quite a few other dishes.
- Dredge the seasoned fish evenly in a single layer of flour on all sides.
- Coat the salmon in an even layer of egg.
- Add freshly grated parmesan cheese to the breadcrumbs and dredge the salmon through the mixture, coating evenly on all sides.
Cooking Salmon Parmesan
This is the time to preheat your oven in preparation for the final step. When you're ready to cook the salmon, just follow these simple steps: Heat up a pan with a tablespoon of olive oil. After the pan has heated for about 1 minute, add the breaded salmon and cook for three minutes on each side. The end result should be filets that are golden brown with a slightly crispy coating.
How do I serve Salmon Parmesan?
Once all of the elements have been completed; the salmon has been cooked and the oven has preheat, sauce has been made, and pasta has been cooked-it's time for the cheese! Grate fresh parmigiano reggiano on top of the salmon and broil in the oven for 1-2 minutes or until cheese is bubbly. Afterward, you'll be ready to assemble and plate this beautiful Salmon Parmesan.
For the breadcrumbs, you can opt for "Italian Breadcrumbs" which usually come pre-made with all of the dry herbs we put into the breadcrumbs, minus the parmesan cheese
You can also use pre-grated parmesan cheese and use a knife to cut the cheese to a smaller size that more closely resembles breadcrumbs.
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IF YOU LIKE SALMON, YOU'LL LOVE THESE!
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 3 servings 1x
Salmon Parmesan is a flavorful rendition of Chicken Parmesan filled with spices, fresh herbs and a semi-homemade sauce.
1.14 lbs salmon (3 filets)
⅓ cup flour
⅓ cup breadcrumbs
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
1 teaspoon ground onion
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
For the tomato sauce:
One 14oz can of tomato sauce
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 small bunch thyme, leaves removed
2 sprigs oregano, leaves removed and chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
- Make semi-homemade pasta sauce. Using 2 tablespoons of olive oil, cook garlic until just fragrant. Empty a can of tomato sauce into a small saucepan, add olive oil, chopped herbs. Bring to a simmer and allow to heat for 10-15 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Boil pasta to al dente; drain and set aside.
- Season salmon with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder. Massage until evenly coated on All sides. Dredge salmon in flour, then egg, then breadcrumbs. Preheat the oven to broil in preparation for the final stage. Heat a saucepan with two tablespoons of olive oil. Once heated, cook salmon for three minutes on each side. Each filet should be golden brown. Grate parmesan cheese on top and broil until cheese is bubbly. Assemble dish by layering spaghetti, tomato sauce, then salmon on top. Enjoy!
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Category: Lunch, Dinner, Seafood
- Method: Pan-Fried
- Cuisine: American, Italian
- Serving Size: 4 oz
- Calories: 558
- Sugar: 6.8 g
- Sodium: 1246.2 mg
- Fat: 29.7 g
- Carbohydrates: 30.5 g
- Protein: 46 g
- Cholesterol: 150.1 mg
Keywords: salmon parmesan, parmesan salmon, crusted salmon
Great recipe. I tend to over cook salmon. With your recipe I’ll get it prepared just perfectly.
Great idea using salmon
What a great combination instead of using Chicken.