Crispy Salmon 鮭フライ

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Crispy Salmon (Salmon Katsu, 鮭フライ) is a great alternative to my Cripsy Baked Chicken (aka Chicken Katsu) if you love seafood.  My mom used to make this often growing up but she deep fried it.  With the trend of eating healthier meals and simpler cooking methods, I made the baked version of my mom’s recipe.

Crispy Salmon | Easy Japanese Recipes at

I was really surprised how well received the baked chicken katsu recipe was on JOC.  Many readers let me know because it doesn’t require deep frying and tastes just as good, both they and their families loved it.  This crispy salmon recipe is also baked so there is no mess in the kitchen.  After baking, the panko skin stays crunchy and the salmon moist, it tastes almost just like deep fried.

The salmon is cut into bite sizes piece so they make a great snack for children.  Make extra so you can pack in lunch box or freeze for later!  Dip crispy salmon bites into homemade tartar sauce or ketchup and enjoy!!

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I also made a short 2-minute video for you to show how easy this recipe is!

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Crispy Salmon
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Serves: 4
  • 1 cup panko
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder (or 3 clove garlic, minced)
  • ½ tsp. dried thyme or any herb(s) of your choice
  • 1 lb. (450 g) skinless salmon fillet
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg
Dipping Sauce
  1. Adjust an oven rack to the middle position and preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Combine the panko, olive oil, garlic powder, and dried thyme in a frying pan and toast over medium heat until golden brown. Transfer panko into a shallow dish and allow to cool.
    Crispy Salmon 1
  3. Cut the fillet of salmon into blocks of 2 inch width, then cut diagonally about ½ inch slices. Sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides of the salmon.
    Crispy Salmon 2
  4. In a shallow dish, add flour and in another shallow dish, whisk the egg. Dredge each salmon piece in the flour to coat completely, pat off the excess flour. Then dip into the egg and finally coat with the toasted panko. Press on the panko flakes to make sure they adhere to the salmon.
    Crispy Salmon 3
  5. Place the salmon pieces on the prepared baking sheet. Bake until the salmon is just cooked through, about 20-25 minutes. Serve with ketchup or homemade tartar sauce.
    Crispy Salmon 4
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  1. この美味しい鮭フライのレシピを是非試したいと思います。。。なみさんは本当に賢いですね。昨日の食べ物を今日の食欲に化することは素晴らしい才能です。

  2. A friend just gave me a beautiful salmon steak from his Alaskan fishing trip. This looks like the perfect recipe for it. Great timing! Love this recipe and the salmon looks so very crispy.

  3. Oh my goodness I absolutely love crispy salmon. I like even more the tartar sauce that goes with it. I can’t wait to make this one. Thanks for sharing the recipe and helpful video, Nami. And many thanks for the blog-visit inspite of your busy schedule!

  4. You got my stomach rumbling, I’ll have to try these soon. And thanks for the healthy version, I try to save deep-frying to special occasions/week-ends.

  5. These look like the best fried fish bites, without the grease and heaviness from frying! I bake chicken with panko but I’ve still yet to try it with salmon. Since my son adores salmon, I need to give this a try. Thank you for sharing your recipe. It looks really perfect.

  6. Helena

    Mmmm…looks delicious!
    I love salmon…
    I d love to test this recipe!
    Even if the salmon is very rare in our country, I can bring it from my mother s country:Finland.
    Have a nice week!

  7. What a simple and delicious dish!!! I love salmon as well and I think we have all the ingredients must try and make this for dinner tomorrow night :)

    Hope you’ve arrived home safely and settling back in! xx

  8. This is exactly the recipe I need to get Miss A to eat her salmon! I know the rest of us will enjoy it too. I can’t wait to try this one. I had never thought of breading and baking salmon before. I really love this idea. Have a great week Nami!

  9. This salmon sounds so easy and delicious! Definitely the perfect thing to try if you’re scared of cooking fish (why *are* so many people afraid to cook fish, anyway?). I bet this would be amazing with a spicy mustard sauce too!

  10. beautiful recipe Nami. such a simple, yet flavorful recipe and let’s not forget that they are baked. So excited to try these- i love salmon and crunch! thanks for posting.

  11. These look fantastic! I love salmon and baking them with the crispy panko crumbs sounds amazing! I can’t wait to to give this a try – such a great recipe, pinning thanks for sharing Nami :)

  12. Nami-san, I love your idea to cut them up smaller and then put them in the bento boxes the next day. Do you re-bake them in the am before putting them in the bento boxes or just keep them cold straight from the refrigerator. I thought of you last night as my youngest asked for me start making bento boxes again. I was making maki rolls at 11pm last night. I wonder how long I will be saying yes to this? LOL

    • Hi Bam! I usually use the toaster oven to make it crispy again, and then let it cool completely before I pack into bento box (so no condensation will be made in the box). You are making maki sushi at 11pm? What a great mom you are! 😀

  13. How come I have never heard about salmon katsu? It sounds like something my husband would go crazy for (I prefer other fish), so I must remember to surprise him one day. Thank you for one more fantastic idea.

  14. Wow!
    So going to try this for my daughter. Will keep you posted. Last time I tried your shrimp tempura and my daughter couldn’t stop eating it. Salmon is her favorite and mine too and once I am back after my NYC trip, will make it. Looks fabulous like all of your food!

  15. Welcome back Nami, this is a wonderful healthy recipe do you think it will work with Tilapia too? My kids love fried tilapia and I am need healthy alternatives to frying. BTW I love your short videos right to the point :).

  16. What a marvelous idea, Nami! I make baked chicken nuggets ALL the time and I never thought of using salmon instead! Must make these ASAP!

  17. I don’t think I need to say further on this; I absolutely would love this lots and lots. Salmon is good and much more this is baked! And also I love panko!

  18. Oh my Nami! The panko here looks so unique! I wouldn’t have guessed that it was salmon inside! This looks really great! Would love to give this recipe a try! I’m sure my friends would be super impressed! :)

  19. I always had the white fish with this dish but never tried fried salmon before. It looks great and I especially like the idea to bake it instead of deep fry. Definitely prefer the tartar sauce for this one! :)

  20. I don’t know how come I have never thought in using salmon…this is such a great idea, maybe this way I get my husband to eat salmon…great tutorial.
    Hope you are having a great week Nami 😀

  21. Saskia Akyil

    Made this last night – it was a hit! I am not even a huge fan of fish, and I was not sure about the thyme, but I followed the recipe, and am so glad I did. Everyone loved it. Thank you!!!

  22. Deep fry makes food taste so good, but yes, we are adding some fat into it, and to be honest, that is what makes that food good. But the alternative to have it baked instead of fried, and with really good taste and “crunchy” is the better option. I love it Nami, you are wonderful

  23. Would you believe I had some crispy salmon just two days ago? It wasn’t breaded though, but salted and fried until crisp. So good, but I couldn’t taste a thing because I had a really bad cold then. Still got a sore throat but at least I can taste things again so I wish I could have it (or better yet: this!) again now!

  24. I made this meal tonight for my family with the soba noodles. It was a big hit! Thank you so much! You make cooking so easy and the results are amazing.

  25. Nami, now that I have also had a chace to watch the video (my favorite part is where you so expertly cut the slices of salmon with that very sharp knife), I am so wanting oven-fried slamon with homemade tartar sauce for lunch today. There is no doubt that I will try out this very wonderful looking recipe – do you usually serve a salad as a side dish to this? The extar would be great for a lunckbox next day too – one of your lovely bento boxes, of course! Amazing recipe, dear friend!

    • Hi Andrea! Yes, I usually serve some kind of veggie dishes or salad to every meal including this. :) This is very easy and quick dish to make on a busy weeknight, perfect for us moms. :)

  26. I`m drooling just thinking about how delicious these would be! I think I would just eat the whole batch myself. 😛 I love salmon and anything coated in panko crumbs. Hehe~

  27. Shinpi

    I love fish, but I hate the smell that lingers in the house every time I cook some. Cooking the salmon this way was not only delicious (the nuggets were very crispy and really tasty), but my house didn’t smell of fish after all. I’m sure I’ll make this a regular dish, and will try with other types of fish too. We dipped the salmon nuggets into sweet shôyu and it was perfect. Thank you Nami for all your great, easy and healthy ideas!

  28. Lara

    Hi Nami,

    I just subscribed to your site the other day. Today I made the Crispy Salmon and it was great! I seasoned my salmon differently I used old bay, garlic powder, and lemon pepper. I seasoned the panko flakes the way you suggested I just added pepper. My family enjoyed it very much and instead of dipping in ketchup or tartar sauce they chose a jack daniel’s sauce or sweet soy sauce. Anyway thank you for the recipe and this will definitely be part of my line up :-)

    • Hi Lara! Thank you so much for subscribing to my site! I’m glad you tried this recipe and enjoyed it! Your seasonings sound fabulous!! Thanks for the kind feedback, Lara! :)

  29. Cindy

    WOW! I don’t ever remember seeing a recipe for salmon prepared this way and I’ve never thought of doing this with salmon and I try to eat a lot of it. Can’t wait to try this.

  30. Ing

    Wow !! Looks really really yummy !!
    Hi ! I’m from Indonesia, really happy to meet this amazing page, bookmarked :)

    But, what should I do If I want to keep the nuggets for future meal ?
    And can I fry this ? if i choose to fry the nugget either baked it. ( sorrry for bad english ) Thanks so much !! :)

    • Hi Ing! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog! :)

      You bake first (complete the cooking process till the end) and let them cool first. Then pack in air tight container and freeze it. When you’re ready to eat, you take out whatever you need, then bake again (I usually use a toaster oven) to re-heat. Do not use microwave because it only gets soggy. Hope this helps!

  31. Michelle

    Hi Nami,
    If I wish to prepare this dish in advanced/night before for lunch on next day, how should I store this? And then we can reheat it in oven? Tks, Michelle

  32. Jennifer

    Hi Nami,
    We made these tonight and everybody loved them, thanks so much for the great recipe! I was wondering, how would you proceed to freeze and then thaw and serve? Any tips? Thanks again for all the yummy food!

  33. Melissa

    Hi! I made this Crispy Salmon for my family on Saturday, along with your ginger rice recipe and daifuku mochi for dessert. Everyone loved it and there were no left overs. Your recipes are so healthy and easy to follow, I enjoy watching all of the youtube videos before hand and using the print-outs in the kitchen. Just wanted to say thank you!! I am looking forward to making another dish soon.

    • Hi Melissa! AWESOME! I’m so happy to hear your family enjoyed this dish! Thank you so much for testing out my recipes and I’m glad they all came out well. And thank you for watching the YouTube videos too. :) Looking forward to hearing about your next dish when you try! xo

  34. Darlene

    Hi Nami,
    Toasting the panko was key for tasty crispy salmon bites. I now prefer eating the crispy salmon instead of chicken nuggets.

  35. Kat

    I am currently an English teacher in Japan and I always look at your website when I cook Japanese food! I always thought Japanese food was really difficult to make, but it’s actually very simple. Thank you for posting clear and easy to follow recipes.

    • Hi Kat! Thank you for reading my blog! I’m happy to hear you enjoy my recipes. A lot of Japanese dishes are pretty simple. And you have all the ingredients that I use for my Japanese recipes! 😉 Thank you for your kind words. Hope you are enjoying your life in Japan!

  36. I’m sending this recipe immediately to my daughter, whose children love salmon! My daughter also needs to learn the breading technique. This will be perfect practice. Also, loved your video! Even without what I’m sure is a lovely voice, the instructions were clear and easy to follow. I like to watch how you sliced the salmon filet.

  37. lena

    I was looking for a different way to cook salmon and used this recipe tonight. I usually bread and fry white fish but have never tried with salmon. These were so delicious! Followed the recipe exactly and they turned out tasty and crispy. Also loved how they were baked not fried. My 2 year old helped to make these with me and couldn’t eat enough of them! Thanks for the recipe, will be making regularly.

    • Hi Lena! Awww your comment made me very happy, especially about your 2 year old helping and eating! So glad your family enjoyed this recipe and thanks so much for writing your kind feedback. :)