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Herb Crusted Salmon in Oven

Herb crusted salmon baked in the oven comes out wonderful. Tons of flavor using mayonnaise with a herb crust in just 20 minutes. If you loved our baked salmon with dry rub but want to make a copycat Cheesecake Factory version this time, you’re in luck.

Salmon with a Herb Crust

Salmon with fresh herbs is here to enjoy. An easy way to bake fish in the oven with mayo and tons of fresh flavors. Using a fresh fillet, this method will keep it fork tender. A healthy meal that takes less than 30 minutes total to prepare and bake perfectly. (affiliate links present)

Salmon with a Herb Crust

In the past we have always used our salmon dry rub to add a ton of flavor, and occasionally a bit of heat. If you have enjoyed that over and over again but want to discover a new flavor profile this may become your new favorite bites.

This time used 1 pound of fish but if you wanted to cook a smaller Salmon Toaster Oven batch you could certainly cut all measurements in half. That would be a perfect meal for one, cooked in no time at all.

Herb Crusted Filet of Salmon

Salmon Mayonnaise Bake

There are many varieties of this pink fish out there including sockeye, king and makes a great Coho Salmon Recipe too.

  • 1 lb. salmon filets (or just one)
  • Olive oil
  • 1 pinch salt and pepper
  • Mayonnaise
  • 3/4 c Panko breadcrumbs
  • Use mixture of fresh herbs of your choice, we used;
  • Green onion finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp parsley fresh, finely chopped
  • Garlic finely chopped
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

If you need to know How to Cook Frozen Salmon we have several methods here. You could in fact use this same topping but I would recommend doing so halfway thru the cook time. That way you will ensure the middle will be defrosted and the top won’t get too crispy and browned.

Herbed Crusted Salmon

Herbed Crusted Salmon

This fresh piece of seafood pairs wonderfully with a variety of herbs that complement its natural flavors and add a burst of freshness and aroma to your dish. You should always use fresh bundles and chop finely depending on your tastebuds. With fish or Herbed Crusted Chicken, I would mix 2 or 3 together that you love like;

Herb Crusted Fish

Dill is a classic herb for salmon. Its delicate, feathery leaves have a mild, slightly sweet flavor that pairs beautifully with the rich, buttery taste of salmon. Fresh dill is often used to create dill sauce or as a garnish for salmon dishes.

  1. Rosemary has a robust, piney flavor that can complement it nicely. Use it sparingly, as its flavor can be quite strong. Rosemary sprigs can be used as skewers for salmon kabobs.
  2. Flat-leaf parsley or Italian parsley is a versatile herb that adds a bright, fresh flavor to this pink fish. It works well in marinades, rubs, or as a garnish.
  3. Chives have a mild onion-like flavor that complements the richness of your filet. Use chopped fresh chives to garnish salmon dishes or mix them into sauces and spreads.
  4. Tarragon has a unique, slightly anise-like flavor that pairs nicely. It can be used in marinades, herb rubs, or in creamy sauces.
  5. Fresh basil leaves have a sweet, slightly peppery taste that adds a burst of freshness to salmon. It’s excellent in pesto sauces or as a garnish.
  6. If you enjoy a touch of brightness and a hint of citrus, cilantro can be a refreshing addition to your dish. It’s often used in salsas or as a garnish.
  7. Mint leaves have a cool, refreshing flavor that can provide a unique twist to fish. Try using mint in a sauce or as a garnish for a different flavor profile.

Chervil has a mild, delicate flavor that’s reminiscent of anise or licorice. It can be used in herb rubs or as a garnish. I don’t use this often but if you were making Salmon Bites you could vary them in order to taste and see which combination(s) are your favorite.

Salmon Mayonnaise Bake

Herb Crusted Filet of Salmon

We explain how to Bake Salmon at 350 below. In other dishes I cook at a higher temp but in order to not get the herbs too well done I lowered it and cooked a bit longer this go around. Use a small bowl to mix chopped herb choices for your family. You can add in layers like described below or integrate it into a mayo mixture to coat the top of your fish.

  • Place bread crumbs (or nuts like our Pecan Crusted Fish, into a cup. Add diced herbs.
  • Mix. Add garlic. Mix. Dry the salmon fillet with paper towels.
  • Place, skin side down into your sprayed pan / sheet pan (or line with parchment paper)
  • Brush top with olive oil. Sprinkle on a pinch of salt and pepper.
  • Brush the top of the salmon fillet with mayonnaise.
  • Squeeze lemon sliced for juices to flow over the top.
  • Distribute the mixture with herbs evenly over the surface of the fish.
  • Bake in a preheated oven at 350 F for 18-20 minutes or until flaky in the center.
  • Rest for 5 minutes, then serve with side dishes of your choice like green beans or salad.

You could make Baked Salmon at 400 if you wanted it done a bit faster except that ideally a bit lower for a while longer is better to keep it flaky and moist. If did you did choose this route I would cook for about 15 minutes or so checking along the way.

If you didn’t want to use the oven during the summertime or something you could use this topping and make Crockpot Salmon instead. Over that long duration of time the flavors would really permeate the fish and intensify even more. Give it a 5 star rating below once it is done and you are yummming it all the way for dinner.

Herb Crusted Salmon

How to Keep Leftover Salmon Moist

Refrigerate promptly after enjoying your meal, within two hours to prevent bacterial growth. Use an airtight container or wrap the piece left tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil. Store skin-side down if it is still in tact to help retain moisture. Add a drizzle of olive oil before refrigerating. You can lightly drizzle the top with a small amount to help seal in moisture.

A bit of regular or our spicy sriracha mayo would do the same thing to seal in the tenderness. Then when you are ready to reheat fish do so in a pan over medium heat with a lid on the top. This way it will steam to warmed again for lunch the next day. Enjoy within 2 days ideally for best results.

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Herb Crusted Salmon

Herb crusted salmon baked in the oven comes out wonderful. With tons of flavor using mayonnaise with a herb crust in just 20 minutes.
Course Entree
Cuisine American
Keyword baked, herb, mayonnaise, salmon
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 534kcal
Author The Typical Mom

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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Place bread crumbs into a cup. Add diced herbs. Mix. Add garlic. Mix. Dry the salmon fillet with paper towels. Place, skin side down into your sprayed pan (or line with parchment paper)
  • Brush top with olive oil. Sprinkle on a pinch of salt and pepper. Brush the top of the fillet with mayonnaise. Squeeze on/drizzle on lemon juice. Distribute the mixture with herbs evenly over the surface of the fish.
  • Bake in a preheated oven at 350 F for 18-20 minutes or until flaky in the center. Rest for 5 minutes, then serve

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Nutrition Facts
Herb Crusted Salmon
Amount Per Serving (1 oz)
Calories 534 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Fat 28g43%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Trans Fat 0.03g
Polyunsaturated Fat 13g
Monounsaturated Fat 9g
Cholesterol 131mg44%
Sodium 377mg16%
Potassium 1216mg35%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 49g98%
Vitamin A 497IU10%
Vitamin C 9mg11%
Calcium 87mg9%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Lavanda

Wednesday 10th of January 2024

I can't wait to try this Cheesecake Factory-inspired dish at home.

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