A Quick and Easy Recipe for Baked Salmon Wrapped in a Citrusy Crust

A simple baked salmon recipe, excerpted from the cookbook Everyday Mediterranean by registered dietitian Vanessa Perrone

Baked fish was the first protein I ever learned to make. It’s surprisingly simple and quick, yet many still shy away from it. This recipe wraps a beautiful salmon filet in a fragrant, citrusy crust. A dish fit for a dinner party that comes together fast enough for a weeknight meal.

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Baked Salmon with Gremolata Crust

Makes 6 servings


  • 1½ lb  salmon filet
  • 2 tsp  Dijon mustard
  • 1 cup  finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • ½ cup plain breadcrumbs, store-bought (such as panko)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Zest of ½ orange
  • Zest of ½ lemon
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (use convection setting, if you have it). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Place the salmon on the prepared baking sheet and evenly brush the mustard all over.
  3. In a bowl, combine the parsley, breadcrumbs, garlic, orange zest, lemon zest, oil, and a pinch each of salt and pepper. Stir to moisten the breadcrumbs evenly.
  4. Cover the fish with the breadcrumb mixture, pressing firmly so it sticks to the mustard layer. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until the flesh is opaque in the center and flakes easily when gently tested with a fork. Serve. Any leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

Everyday Mediterranean Cookbook Photo

Excerpted from Everyday Mediterranean by Vanessa Perrone. Copyright © Vanessa Perrone. Photographs by Ariel Tarr. Published by Appetite Books by Random House®, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.

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Originally Published in Best Health Canada