Panko-crusted savory baked salmon


Salmon is such a great nutrient dense fish. I really enjoy eating it at restaurants, but struggle cooking it, until this panko-crusted savory baked salmon. 

When most of the family will eat it, I consider it a win, too. 

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Wild Alaskan Coho Salmon from Sitka Salmon

Sitka Salmon reached out and offered to send some of their salmon and cod. I think this is the best salmon I’ve ever had. Maybe I haven’t been looking at the right places before, but it tastes amazing. 

This Sitka salmon has just the right texture and flavor without being fishy tasting or smelling. You couldn’t even tell we had cooked fish in our house!

About Sitka Salmon

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Making the Panko-crusted savory baked salmon

This is an incredibly easy and quick meal to make. Our 12 year old has made it for us with great ease. We are big fans of great taste and easy to make. 

(This recipe is naturally dairy-free, but while we used gluten-free Panko, our Ssam Sauce from HEB has a small amount of wheat from the soy sauce). 

Also, at one point we had a recipe card for this from HEB, but couldn’t find it, so we winged the ratios and modified it slightly. 

The Ssam sauce and sesame oil are really what pull all of the flavors together. The avocado mayonnaise gives it a slight creamy texture without a mayonnaise taste. (Much like this gluten-free chicken nuggets, you don’t taste the mayo.)

baked salmon ingredients

Make sure to line your baking sheet with foil or parchment paper as the sauces mixed together and baked on tend to be hard to clean. You could also spray your sheet with cooking spray. 

You’ll sprinkle the salmon with some seasoning. We used garlic pepper. 

Then, top it with a mixture of avocado mayonnaise (1:1 ratio) and place it into the oven. Maybe sure to cover all of the edgest to really seal in the moisture.

While it’s cooking, you’ll want to mix up the panko bread crumbs and sesame oil.

Once the salmon is cooked or almost fully cooked, you’ll take it out of the oven and cover the salmon with the panko breadcrumb mixture. Don’t skimp here. Use all of it and cover the entire fillet. 

covering salmon with panko mixture

Pop the salmon back into the oven for a few minutes until the topping is crispy. Serve and eat immediately. We like ours with rice and air-fried asparagus. 

baked salmon dinner with rice and asparagus

panko crusted salmon with savory ssam sauce

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Yield: 4 servings

Panko-crusted savory baked salmon

panko crusted salmon with savory ssam sauce

A savory filet of salmon with a delicate flaking and crunchy top layer. Enjoy with your favorite vegetables and or sides.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 4 4-oz salmon fillets
  • garlic pepper
  • 1/2 cup avocado mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup Ssam sauce
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 2T sesame oil


    1. Cover baking sheet with foil.
    2. Season salmon with garlic pepper salmon with garlic pepper
    3. Combine mayonnaise and ssam sauce mayo mixed with ssam sauce
    4. Spread mayonnaise mixture over salmon and bake at 425F for 10 minutes, or until salmon is done or nearly done. salmon with mayo mixture going into oven
    5. While salmon is cooking, mix panko bread crumbs with sesame oil sesame oil with panko bread crumbs
    6. Remove salmon from oven and cover with panko breadcrumbs salmon covered with panko mixture
    7. Bake until panko mixture is crispy (approximately 5-10 minutes) baked salmon dinner with rice and asparagus

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 424Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 21gCholesterol: 74mgSodium: 336mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 28g

Please calculate using your own ingredients, as this is an estimation.

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