Meet the Sullivans: Panko Crusted Salmon

May 14, 2012

Panko Crusted Salmon

This is another one of my attempts to make salmon interesting. Keith loves it and I don't have any "problem" with it, but I just don't find it amazing---possibly because I probably over did it with the salmon for a few months a while back--but this is a great and simple recipe. It's from my Ina Garten aka Barefoot Contessa cook book How Easy Was That? I haven't cooked much out of my cook books lately. So, after this post all about Kitchen Inspiration I thought it's about time I cracked them open and put them to good use again! 
Panko Crusted Salmon 
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Ingredients
2/3 cup panko (Japanese dried bread flakes)
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons good olive oil
4 (6- to 8-ounce) salmon fillets, skin on
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Lemon wedges, for serving

Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the panko, parsley, lemon zest, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Drizzle with the olive oil and stir until the crumbs are evenly coated. Set aside.
  3. Place the salmon fillets, skin side down, on a board. Generously brush the top of the fillets with mustard and then sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Press the panko mixture thickly on top of the mustard on each salmon fillet. The mustard will help the panko adhere.
  4. Heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat in a 12-inch cast-iron skillet or large heavy, ovenproof pan. When the oil is very hot, add the salmon fillets, skin side down, and sear for 3 to 4 minutes, without turning, to brown the skin.
  5. Transfer the pan to the hot oven for 5 to 7 minutes until the salmon is almost cooked and the panko is browned. Remove from the oven, cover with aluminum foil, and allow to rest for 5 to 10 minutes. Serve the salmon hot or at room temperature with lemon wedges.
I served it with a spinach salad (spinach, red onion, cherry tomatoes, shredded mozzarella, bacon, egg, dried cranberries and poppyseed dressing) that we like to pick up at Costco. 

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