Simple Panko Crusted Pesto Salmon
This Simple Panko Crusted Pesto Salmon is quick and easy and perfect for a busy weeknight dinner. Furthermore, this dish is super delicious and would make a great main dish for any special dinner get together.
  • Salmon Fillets with skin, I used about 1 lb for 4 people
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon or so Garlic Powder
  • 1 - 2 Lemons
  • ⅔ cup Panko Crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons plus Olive Oil
  • 2 tablespoons Parsley, freshly chopped
  • 3 tablespoons Pesto, give or take
  • 2 tablespoons Canola or Vegetable Oil
  1. Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Heat an oven proof pan (I use cast iron) over medium high heat.
  3. In a small bowl mix together the panko crumbs, grated lemon rind from 1 lemon, chopped parsley, salt, pepper, garlic powder and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Set aside.
  4. Brush the salmon fillets lightly with a little bit of olive oil. Then drizzle with juice from ½ lemon then sprinkle with salt, pepper and a little garlic powder.
  5. Next, spread the pesto over the salmon fillets then top with the panko crumb mixture.
  6. Add the canola or vegetable oil to the heated skillet. Carefully place the salmon fillets, skin side down, in the hot oil and cook, without turning, for about 4 minutes.
  7. After the 4 minutes the skin on the salmon is nice and crisp. Place the pan in the oven and continue to cook for about 5 - 7 minutes. Remove the fish from the oven and let rest about 5 minutes.
  8. Serve with lemon slices or wedges. Enjoy!
Recipe by Cook This Again, Mom! at