Easy Japanese Recipes

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 JustOneCookbook.com

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
Recipe by Namiko Chen of Just One Cookbook. All images and content on this site are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without my permission. If you'd like to share this recipe on your site, please re-write the recipe and link to this post as the original source. Thank you.
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  • The Ninja Baker March 9, 2014, 4:29 pm


  • tigerfish March 9, 2014, 4:48 pm

    I am into simpler cooking methods so since these are baked, it sounds like a worthy bookmark! :)

  • Khadija March 9, 2014, 5:39 pm

    Looks soo yum, gonna try this as soon as I get some panko!

    • Nami March 9, 2014, 5:42 pm

      Hi Khadija! For the best result, try Japanese brand panko like this brand (http://justonecookbook.com/pantry/panko/). It is available at Japanese or sometimes Asian markets . Hope you enjoy this recipe! :)

      • Khadija March 9, 2014, 5:45 pm

        great, thanks for the suggestion! Good thing there are a lot of Asian supermarkets here :)

  • A_Boleyn March 9, 2014, 5:45 pm

    I don’t know why I’ve never thought of doing this with salmon. I’ll have to remember the next time I’ve got some in the house.

  • John@Kitchen Riffs March 9, 2014, 7:03 pm

    Great dish! Such an easy and healthy way to serve salmon. Love this — thanks.

  • mjskit March 9, 2014, 7:48 pm

    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.

  • donna mikasa March 9, 2014, 8:16 pm

    Salmon nuggets?! How clever! And I love that they’re baked, too!

    • Nami March 13, 2014, 12:08 am

      Thank you Donna! :)

  • PolaM March 9, 2014, 9:13 pm

    Want them! I will have to remember this recipe!

  • Sonia aka Nasi Lemak Lover March 9, 2014, 9:52 pm

    Crispy but don’t need to deep fry, I love this recipe very much, going to try out soon. Thanks Nami!

  • Elizabeth @Mango_Queen March 9, 2014, 11:53 pm

    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!

  • Hotly Spiced March 10, 2014, 2:36 am

    I love anything dipped in panko. How yummy this looks. It looks very crispy and crunchy and like there’s heaps of flavour xx

  • Riitta March 10, 2014, 5:47 am

    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.

  • Monica March 10, 2014, 6:47 am

    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.

  • Helena March 10, 2014, 7:33 am

    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!

    • Nami March 13, 2014, 12:12 am

      Thank you Helena! Hope you get to try it one day. Have a nice week too! :)

  • Daisy@Nevertoosweet March 10, 2014, 7:43 am

    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

  • Kristy March 10, 2014, 8:04 am

    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!

  • Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living March 10, 2014, 8:44 am

    These look so good Nami – love the bite-size pieces and that it’s baked not fried.

  • cquek March 10, 2014, 9:45 am

    I’m drooling as i’ve typing this :D

  • Kim | a little lunch March 10, 2014, 10:09 am

    Nami, I have a feeling your Salmon Katsu will become as popular as your Chicken Katsu! I like how you toasted the panko & spices beforehand, too — good & crunchy. Thanks for this great recipe!

  • Eileen March 10, 2014, 10:28 am

    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!

  • Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health March 10, 2014, 11:51 am

    i make chicken fingers all the time like this – never thought of salmon. thanks for sharing this.

  • Julia | JuliasAlbum.com March 10, 2014, 11:56 am

    Nami, what a delicious looking salmon! It would make such a great appetizer at any party! Perfectly crusted and with the homemade dipping sauce – what’s not to like? Yum! Pinned!

  • Choc Chip Uru March 10, 2014, 1:26 pm

    It does look very crispy, golden and delicious :)

    Choc Chip Uru

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella March 10, 2014, 2:11 pm

    My mum loved and still loves deep frying but I’m scared of it. I often bake things too because you save so many calories that way! This looks like a healthy but delicious recipe Nami :) P.S. I love that you got to meet Daisy!

  • Priscilla - She's Cookin' March 10, 2014, 3:56 pm

    I use panko for all things breaded – best crispy, crunchy ever! Love that these are baked, Nami. You make the most perfect gyoza, your videos are so impressive :)

  • Jessica March 10, 2014, 6:16 pm

    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.

  • Michelle @ The Bakeanista March 10, 2014, 6:27 pm

    Oh yum! The crispy salmon looks really really good. And believe it’s healthier too considering it’s being baked and not fried. Hehe, bookmarking this recipe.

  • Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet} March 10, 2014, 7:41 pm

    I adore this appetizer! So unique and good for you – with the Omega fatty acids. Smile. This is a must make! Hope you are doign well Nami!

  • Jayne @ Tenacious Tinkering March 10, 2014, 8:46 pm

    For some reason, I’ve never thought of turning salmon fillets into finger food. Ah, why! I’ll definitely give this a go now because we absolutely adore salmon!

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) March 10, 2014, 10:26 pm

    These bites look so delicious, I love the panko coating!

  • Jeannie March 10, 2014, 11:57 pm

    Hi Nami, after watching your video, I can see how easy this is to make, will this pinned for future reference…great simple recipe!

  • Katerina March 11, 2014, 12:14 am

    I love salmon and these little bites are right up my alley!

  • Rosa March 11, 2014, 1:52 am

    Mouthwatering! A great party dish.



  • Kelly March 11, 2014, 2:27 am

    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 :)

  • Bam's Kitchen March 11, 2014, 6:11 am

    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

    • Nami March 13, 2014, 12:14 am

      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! :D

  • Kitchen Belleicious March 11, 2014, 6:34 am

    Yeah! Never thought to crisp up salmon this way! I always use other white based fish but this is excellent and a much healthier fish to eat even if you are going to fry it! LOVE IT!

  • Belinda @zomppa March 11, 2014, 6:42 am

    Definitely trying to eat better esp emerging from winter hibernation – going to have to try this!

  • Dedy@Dentist Chef March 11, 2014, 7:28 am

    Such a healty and lovely salmon nugget, lovin it even more because it’s baked….
    you know, this is actually my signature dish for my nieces and nephews

  • Shashi @ RunninSrilankan March 11, 2014, 7:42 am

    These crispy salmon nuggets are such a brilliant idea! I love salmon but never have thought of making them into panko coated nuggets! Thanks you for the idea!

  • Baby Sumo March 11, 2014, 7:47 am

    Anything which doesn’t need to be deep fried and be cooked in the oven is a WIN for me :)

  • Muna Kenny March 11, 2014, 8:41 am

    I seriously enjoy your videos, I’m happy that you took that step :) … I pinned your pic and will soon try the recipe!

  • Sissi March 11, 2014, 9:51 am

    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.

  • Asmita March 11, 2014, 1:41 pm

    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!

  • Gintare @Gourmantine March 11, 2014, 3:28 pm

    These look perfect for kids to nibble upon! I’m adding them on the list to cook the next time I’ll be babysitting my niece and nephew :)

  • Jerry | Simply Good Eating March 11, 2014, 4:17 pm

    Nami, this salmon looks amazing. I really liked how you toasted the panko seasoning in the pan first. This is a great quick and simple recipe :) Thanks for sharing!

  • Amira March 11, 2014, 6:02 pm

    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 :).

  • Liz March 11, 2014, 6:19 pm

    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!

  • Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen March 11, 2014, 6:46 pm

    This looks so good! I adore salmon and I love that it’s baked.

  • Mel March 11, 2014, 7:45 pm

    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!

  • Maureen | Orgasmic Chef March 11, 2014, 11:51 pm

    So what did the kids have to say about your mother’s crispy salmon cooked the smart way? These look great!

  • Caroline Taylor March 12, 2014, 5:48 am

    The crumb on that salmon looks so good! Love the sound of this.

  • Minnie@thelady8home March 12, 2014, 6:18 am

    Baked crispy salmon….and so healthy too!! Yummm!! Love how clean your kitchen looks. Mine looks like a tornado when I cook :(

  • easyfoodsmith March 12, 2014, 7:26 am

    Baked is always better than fried. Your tutorial looks wonderful. I could down all that fish in one go :P

  • Sammie March 12, 2014, 7:30 am

    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! :)

  • Maggie March 12, 2014, 8:33 am

    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! :)

  • Tanvi@SinfullySpicy March 12, 2014, 10:27 am

    I love crispy fish of any kind. So yummy Nami. Its been a long since I came here but so so good- the new site & the videos – keep up the great work!

  • Valerie | From Valerie's Kitchen March 12, 2014, 10:28 am

    Oh, YUMMY! I love this one, Nami. Pinning and trying soon :)

  • Sandra March 12, 2014, 2:45 pm

    Happy that this stays crispy. That has been the biggest challenge for me with baking and oven frying. The Mr. is going to love this!

  • Balvinder March 12, 2014, 5:28 pm

    Great recipe!

  • Terra March 12, 2014, 7:38 pm

    Love that you baked the recipe, so much healthier for sure! Your recipe sounds and looks fabulous! Hugs, Terra

  • Juliana March 12, 2014, 10:21 pm

    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 :D

  • Ling March 12, 2014, 11:51 pm

    I just made this last night and loved it! super tasty and simple to make :) thanks for sharing this, Nami!

    • Nami March 13, 2014, 12:15 am

      Hi Ling! Thanks for trying this recipe and I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed it! Thank you!! :)

  • Saskia Akyil March 13, 2014, 1:07 am

    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!!!

    • Nami March 14, 2014, 1:15 am

      Hi Saskia! Thank you so much for trying this recipe! I’m so glad to hear everyone liked it. Thanks for letting me know! :)

  • Holly | Beyond Kimchee March 13, 2014, 12:18 pm

    More and more people are avoiding deep fried food for better health. What a wonderful way to enjoy salmon with crispy coating! And it is so simple to make!

  • Mi Vida en un Dulce March 13, 2014, 1:28 pm

    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

  • sippitysup March 13, 2014, 4:14 pm

    Baked and crunchy! Very nice. GREG

  • Nancy/SpicieFoodie March 13, 2014, 9:35 pm

    Your salmon looks perfect! I can’t believe it isn’t fried, I hope mine looks as good as yours when I try your recipe.;)

  • Ramona March 14, 2014, 4:57 pm

    Now this is my kind of nugget… a crispy salmon nugget! They look amazing. :)

  • Mich Piece of Cake March 15, 2014, 7:04 am

    Your crispy salmon dipped in mayo sauce looks divine!

  • Charles March 15, 2014, 1:18 pm

    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!

  • Nida March 15, 2014, 5:49 pm

    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.

    • Nami March 16, 2014, 8:45 am

      Hi Nida! So happy to hear you enjoyed this recipe! Thank you for your kind feedback! :)

  • Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. March 15, 2014, 8:32 pm

    This looks so good! I think I could eat the whole plate!

  • rumela March 15, 2014, 8:38 pm

    Crispy Salmon looks so yum! we have something similar in our cuisine, that is called Fish Fry. I will definitely try your version.

  • TheKitchenLioness March 16, 2014, 3:29 am

    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!

    • Nami March 16, 2014, 8:47 am

      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. :)

  • Aunt Clara March 16, 2014, 7:59 am

    Did anyone say “salmon”? I had to be here. Salmon is like the bacon of the ocean, my favorite food after chocolate. Now I have to try this.

  • whatjessicabakednext March 16, 2014, 10:45 am

    Wow, this looks absolutely divine! Crispy salmon sounds amazing- the panko coating looks super delish!

  • Dominique Lyons March 16, 2014, 11:42 am

    JUST made this! So tasty and crispy! Thank you!

    • Nami March 16, 2014, 8:51 pm

      Hi Dominique! So happy you tried this recipe and enjoyed it. Thank you for your feedback! :)

  • michael March 17, 2014, 12:34 pm

    Looks wonderful, I love friend salmon with panko!! Did you see my post today, Hot Fudge Cake!! :-)


  • Raymund March 17, 2014, 4:07 pm

    I would easily drop my chicken nuggets for this one. You make me hungry always Nami.

  • Lynna March 18, 2014, 11:52 pm

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

  • Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl March 23, 2014, 2:42 pm

    Loving how you took some salmon and made it crispy! This would be a winner for dinner!

  • Shinpi April 6, 2014, 6:54 am

    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!

  • Julie kelly April 7, 2014, 3:36 am

    I love salmon fish. Your crispy salmon recipe is nice. It taste really awesome with tartar sauce. Can you please share the recipe to make tartar sauce?

  • Lara April 13, 2014, 12:39 pm

    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 :-)

    • Nami April 14, 2014, 8:46 pm

      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! :)

  • Cindy May 31, 2014, 2:12 pm

    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.

    • Nami June 2, 2014, 12:57 am

      Hi Cindy! Salmon Fry (that’s how we call in Japan) is very common in Japan. I hope you enjoy this dish! :)

  • Ing July 28, 2014, 9:04 pm

    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 !! :)

    • Nami July 28, 2014, 9:35 pm

      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!

  • Michelle September 14, 2014, 10:58 pm

    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

    • Nami September 14, 2014, 11:05 pm

      Hi Michelle! You can store in the airtight container and reheat in the toaster oven or oven to make it crispy again. Hope this helps! :)

  • Jennifer September 22, 2014, 7:04 pm

    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!

    • Jennifer September 22, 2014, 7:06 pm

      Hi, just saw the comment above :-) We’ll try doing this then!

      • Nami September 22, 2014, 8:50 pm

        Hi Jennifer! I’m glad to hear you enjoyed the recipe! Enjoy the leftover too! :)

  • Melissa September 29, 2014, 2:38 pm

    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.

    • Nami September 29, 2014, 5:40 pm

      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

  • Elaine October 4, 2014, 7:29 am

    This is such a lovely and simple cooking! I like! :) Thanks for sharing :)

    • Nami October 4, 2014, 11:07 pm

      Thank you for your kind words, Elaine! Hope you enjoy! :)

  • Darlene April 22, 2015, 2:46 pm

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

    • Nami April 22, 2015, 10:07 pm

      Hi Darlene! I’m glad to hear you liked this recipe! Thank you for your kind feedback! :)