Crispy Garlic Parmesan Salmon Recipe (+ VIDEO) (2024)

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Crispy Garlic Parmesan Salmonis ready on your table in less than 15 minutes, with a 5-ingredient crispy crumb top! Restaurant quality baked salmon right in the comfort of yourown home!

Garlic, salmon and parmesan and cheese… YES!This oven baked salmon is one of our favourite recipes, righhht up there with other sheet pan salmon recipes on this blog like this Honey Garlic Butter Salmon (which now has a video), or maybethis Lemon Garlic Baked Salmon. Not only is it easy and quick to prepare,ittasteslike a top chef has made it in your humble kitchen.

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HOW TO MAKE Crispy Garlic Parmesan Salmon

    1. Make sure you position your oven rack to the middle of your oven before preheating it.
    2. For this recipe you can use a skin on or off side of salmon. We love skin on as the oils keep the salmon so juicy underneath while it bakes.
    3. I line my baking sheet with aluminium foil, but you can use parchment paper instead.
    4. Use fresh shredded parmesan in the crumb topping instead of the fine powdery parmesan found in plastic containers. It gives it a better flavour.
    5. You can use fresh chopped Dill instead of OR in addition to parsley!
    6. During testing we found fine breads crumbs came out crispier. You can also use Panko breadcrumbs if that’s what you have on hand.
    7. Try to coat your salmon evenly before baking. I also spray my crumb topping with a light coating of cooking oil (not non-stick oil) to help the topping brown better in the oven.

How long does it take to bake salmon in the oven?

About 12 to 15 minutes, depending on the size or thickness of your side of salmon. We prefer ours pink in the middle for juicy salmon. If you like your salmon well done, leave yours in for 15 minutes or longer. Just be careful not to dry it out too much.

What’s A Good Side Dish With Salmon?

      • Avocado Corn Tomato Salad
      • Balsamic Chickpea Avocado Feta Salad
      • Mashed Potatoes
      • Smashed Potatoes
      • Asparagus
      • Brussels Sprouts
      • Creamed Spinach
      • Baked Zucchini
      • Scalloped Potatoes
      • Corn On The Cob

What Wine Goes With This Salmon?

With this recipe, I’d recommend a white wine. A glass of chilled Fruity Rose (sparkling if you can find it), Riesling, Pinot Gris or White Pinot Noir all pair perfectly well with this. If you’ve tried others, please let us know in the comment section below!

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After baking, take a step back to admire the fact that you made gourmet salmon in minutes! Golden, crispy parmesan herb crumb filled baked on tender, falling apart salmon. Does it get any better? No.

Wesqueeze some lemon juice over each slice for extra flavour, but it’s totally optional!Everyone loves it!

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Crispy Garlic Parmesan Salmon is ready and on your table in less than 15 minutes, with a 5-ingredient crispy top! Restaurant quality salmon right at home!


Prep: 10 minutes mins

Cook: 15 minutes mins

Total: 25 minutes mins

Serves: 8


  • 2 pounds (1 kg) side wild salmon fillet (about 2 kg | 4 pounds)
  • 2/3 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 2/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley
  • 4 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • Salt and pepper
  • Lemon wedges , to serve


  • Position a rack in the middle of the oven. Preheat oven to 400°F | 200°C. Line a baking tray / sheet with a large piece of foil. Place the salmon fillet, skin side down, on the baking sheet; set aside.

  • Mix together the breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, parsley and garlic in a small bowl. Pour in the melted butter; season with 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/3 teaspoon pepper (or to taste). Using your hands (it's easier than using a wooden spoon), mix the ingredients together until the breadcrumbs absorb the butter (about 40 seconds).

  • Pour the mixture over the salmon, pressing it into the top until the fillet is completely covered. Lightly spray salmon with cooking oil spray for a golden crumb.

  • Bake uncovered for 12-15 minutes (depending on the thickness of your fillet), until the crust is golden and the salmon is cooked and flakes easily with fork.

  • Serve with lemon wedges and a squeeze of lemon (optional). Team with a salad, steamed vegetables, rice or mashed potatoes.


Calories: 305kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 379mg | Potassium: 605mg | Vitamin A: 530IU | Vitamin C: 3.2mg | Calcium: 132mg | Iron: 1.6mg

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  1. Pamela says

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    Delishious. We opened a bottle of Sauvignon BLANC to share with it. Good dinner. We also had a green salad.


  2. John Mowchan says

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    Great recipe! Took longer to cook than directed since my salmon cuts were thicker; about 30 minutes. Because the cuts were thicker, the amount of Parmesan crust was thicker. Thicker is not necessarily better. When we bit into the first bite there was way too much crust. We then had to slice and dice the salmon to mix the salmon with the crust. Not as pretty, but very tasty. The vote from the family it is a keeper.


  3. Lucinda says

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    Made this last night & it was super delicious. I used dried parsley & dill. My only problem was that it took 22 minutes to cook. But so worth the extra time. So moist & delicate. Thank you !


    • Janet says

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      I have the same issue, mine always takes around 23 minutes as well.


    • Val says

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      I made this tonight and I am in love with this recipe! Easy and so delicious I used rainbow trout, which is similar to salmon but more affordable. Thanks for this wonderful recipe!


  4. Lindsey says

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    So delicious! Made this for Mother’s Day and it was a treat! Simple to make and it tasted like a restaurant dish. Will definitely be making again.


  5. Kathy says

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    I don’t like cooking at all, I don’t find it enjoyable because the recipe takes to long or the food doesn’t come out as I would like it too. This recipe is AMAZING!!! It was easy to make and not a lot of ingredients. It will be in my rotation for the week. Thank you so much ! I look forward to more recipes you post!!


    • Lelita says

      Thank you for posting..What side dishes did you have with it?


  6. Pam says

    This was one of the very best recipes With salmon I’ve tried so far !!Thank you so much will be making this again soon


  7. Tari says

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    P.S. I’m sorry I don’t have a picture, but my husband finished it before i had the chance- a true testament to a DELICIOUS dish!!!!


  8. Tari says

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    I make a delicious grilled salmon (and I’m not even sure why it comes out so consistently good) That being said I rarely want to cover my perfect salmon, but I’ve been SO EXCITED with MANY recipes on your site!!!!! IT WAS OUTSTANDING!!!!!!!! I can’t wait to make it again for company. Straight forward, easy and delicious!!!!!


  9. Johanna says

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    Hi, I’m planning on making this for supper but I only have italian seasoned breadcrumbs and pecorino romano cheese. Do you think it’s ok to use? Also have you tried adding lemon zest in the crumb mixture? Thanks for recipe!

    • Kayla says

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      Huge hit at my house! I try to make salmon twice a week. I use the frozen salmon that’s individually wrapped so I cut this recipe in half. Used dill instead of parsley…perfect! I also saw someone mention lemon zest in the breading, I’ll have to try that next time!!


      • Shari says

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        I tried this for the first time and it was so delicious I will be making this dish again


  10. Lindsay sproul says

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    I’m a serious salmon lover and have so many go to recipes…this will definitely be getting added as one of the top faves! I did parsley and dill and so glad I did as the dill really came through. I broiled first a bit to get the top crispy as I could…sooo good! Served with steamed broccoli and mashed cauliflower.


  11. Nancy says

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    Made it tonight and it was easy. It was so delicious that I wanted more. Thank you for sharing this with us.


  12. Gina Q says

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    Best Damn Salmon I’ve ever made !!! Thank you!


  13. sarah bees says

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    Looking for a new salmon recipe to try for my salmon loving kids. I plan on making this tonight, however I am thinking of brushing the salmon with dijon before applying breadcrumbs. Can’t wait!


  14. Teresa says

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    Made this salmon tonight and followed it exactly for the topping but used a sous vide to cook the salmon. When the salmon was ready I put the coating on top and broiled until it was golden and crispy, about 3 minutes. It was delicious and got rave reviews. Will definately be making this again.


  15. Courtney says

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    This is the one of the best salmon recipes I’ve ever had!


  16. Larrysa says

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    I am not a big fan of salmon but this recipe made it taste soo good! Definitely will be making it again. I paired it with garlic mashed potatoes and asparagus.


  17. May Carson says

    Made this with avocado & tomato salad delicious thank you for sharing


    • Karina says

      You’re most welcome May!


  18. Holly says

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    Love all of your recipes! Made this last night to RAVE reviews! Any way to prepare any of the steps ahead? Thanks!


  19. casey says

    This recipe is amazing!!


  20. Amanda says

    I want to make this but I’m slightly confused. Is it a 2 lb salmon fillet or 4 lb?


    • Karina says

      It is a 2 lb filet.


  21. Nova says

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    Used this recipe for dinner tonight and it was excellent! Squeezed lemon juice into the sauce instead of serving with lemons on the side, but it worked beautifully. Might try this recipe again by broiling the salmon.


  22. Jenn says

    Woweee this looks amazing!! So glad to find your recipe!! Definitely looking forward to trying this!!


  23. Heather says

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    This was one of the best recipe blogs I have read! Not only does this recipe look delicious (dinner tonight!) but the side dish suggestions and wine pairing is brilliant! I also appreciate the nutritional facts at the bottom. Very useful and well rounded ?


    • Karina says

      Thanks so much for noticing all the small touches on my site! I am so glad that it can be a help for you! Thanks so much for sharing!


  24. Paula Cole says

    Wonderful recipe! Family really enjoyed it. Easy to make.


  25. Abby says

    My husband and I LOVED this recipe! This is the first time I’ve ever eaten Salmon (much less cooked it) so I was sceptical but I really enjoyed it. I used Ritz crackers instead of breadcrumbs (I used less butter also) and I used Dill instead of Parsley which I think really complemented the Salmon. I will definitely be making this recipe again!


  26. Jessica T says

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    I first made this dish on Christmas day for our family of two. Mum and I nearly passed out it was sooo good and we gleefully gobbled up the leftovers the next day. Tomorrow I’ll be making it for 3rd time. So happy I finally got onto Pinterest and found this recipe. Looking forward to trying your other dishes (tuscan salmon and tuscan chicken!). Thank you for your recipe. Btw mum says this dish is better than any salmon dish she has had in a restaurant.


    • Karina says

      Jessica you just made my day! I’m so happy to read this, thank you so much for sharing!


  27. Jeff Winett says

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    I am happily building a repertoire of “Karina” recipes that are achieving heirloom status, as these are definitely not “one time” meals in our home. Last night I had my way with this amazing treatment for Salmon. My only deviation involved cooking just for 2. I used 2 (8 oz.) center cut Salmon fillets and made half of the topping. This was divided between the 2 fillets. I topped the fillets earlier in the day and kept them at the ready in our fridge. Based on another salmon recipe I make frequently, I roasted in a 425° oven for 10 1/2 minutes. This dish was a stunner. The topping insulated the Salmon, keeping it incredibly moist, even though fully cooked. Every delicious bite evoked all that I love about Escargot. Thank you Karina, and from our little family of 2, we wish you and yours a joyous and healthy holiday season.


    • Karina says

      Thank you so much for your comment Jeff! Wishing your little family a wonderful and safe Christmas and New Year!


  28. Marie says

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    I made this salmon yesterday and it was so so good. I used a little bit more Panko and Parmesan so it would cover the whole top and sides of the fillet. It cooked perfectly and the skin under it peeled off so quickly. Wish I knew how to add a pic. So easy to make, so quick and so good. What else do you need to try it?


  29. Twinkletoes says

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    I love your ideas for healthful food.I just sent a link to your blog to a young friend of mine who is just now taking cooking seriously. I think she will love your recipes. Thanks.
    I, too, am a cancer survivor who has beaten all the odds and lived beyond all expectations. Good food must have had something to do with it. 😉


  30. Marilyn Gum says

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    I love this recipe. I have made it many times for company and everyone loves it and wants the recipe. I am gluten-free and use gluten-free bread crumbs. Has anyone tried it on chicken or pork?


  31. Robin says

    The Crispy Garlic Parmesan salmon sounds delicious.
    What other kinds of fish could you make with thisrecipe?


  32. Mrs Nick says

    A Fume Blanc (Robert Mondavi) goes quite with salmon.


  33. Linda Kearns says

    The list of your ingredients never mentions garlic??
    I am going to try this I have another recipe that uses bourbon and brown sugar


    • Karina says

      Garlic is the 5th ingredient on the list Linda.


  34. Aysha says

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    Are the nutrition facts for the entire fish or per serving?


  35. Carol says

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    Absolutely perfect recipe !
    Everyone loves it


    • Karina says

      Thank you Carol! I’m so happy to hear that!


  36. Amber says

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    We eat salmon all the time so looking for something different. I must say for a simple recipe we were impressed. We cooked wild coho salmon and used panko bread crumbs instead, which I think made a difference. We didn’t even squeeze lemon on it because we couldn’t stop eating it when it came out of the oven! Will make again for friends. Thank you!


    • Karina says

      YES! Amber…so much yes. Panko is extra special and would be great on this!


  37. Cari says

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    FABULOUS! FANTASTIC! FLAVORFUL! I am not a huge Salmon fan but this may have just changed me! I love it it and so does my husband. Thank you.


  38. Amanda says

    I’m interested in trying this. As an “infant” seafood lover, I’m finding I like things better very crispy. Would this recipe be able to be adjusted (suggestions for adjustments) to be made in an air fryer? I love using my air dryer because of how crispy and not greasy or oily it makes everything


  39. Lisa says

    Made this tonight but substituted the parsley, which I don’t think adds much to fish, for fresh chopped dill and it was AMAZING. We love our salmon here on Vancouver Island and eat it often. It’s nice to have another way to serve it. Our previous favourite is with garlic, brown sugar, butter, cumin and chilli powder with sea salt and pepper to taste. Most children LOVE it this way because of the sweetness of the brown sugar but I’ll bet they’d love your recipe too because of the crunchy cheese and breadcrumbs on top! Thank you for sharing!


    • Karina says

      I’m so happy to hear that Lisa! I love your recipe also, it sounds amazing!


  40. Bianca says

    Do you know what the point value for weight watchers for this receipt? Also what is the serving size for the nutrition info you provided?


  41. Annie says

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    This is seriously my favorite salmon recipe! Thank you so much for sharing it! I’ve made this at least 4 times now and it gets rave reviews every time. I like how forgiving it is, too. I’ve forgotten the lemon, salt, and pepper and it’s still delicious. I usually serve it with buttered basmati rice and steamed broccoli, but I’ll bet it would be delicious on a salad… hmmm I might have to try that next time!


  42. Lucy says

    Can you make it without the cheese? Suggestions for a replacement? (Dairy free)


  43. Barry says

    Love this recipe made it last night it was a hit!


  44. Janice says

    How many ounces of salmon is considered a serving?


  45. emily says

    Can this be done with trout?


  46. Ali says

    So glad I found this recipe because my Valentine’s meal was way out of my comfort zone. This was so easy and flavorful, awesome recipe! Went well with mashed potatoes and green beans. Thanks so much!


    • Karina says

      Ali! We also have it with mashed potato! YUM! So glad you enjoyed it!


  47. Phyllis adams says

    Do you think this would work on chicken breasts or pork chops?


    • Karina says

      Hi Phyllis! Yes definitely on either one!


  48. Sandy Dickert says

    Nutritional info please


  49. Vel says

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    Love it! Saw this on fb and saved the video. Lately my pregnancy symptoms have been taking over so a lot of foods are a no no! (Beef, pork, and sometimes chicken mostly) But this recipe was very satisfying, though I didn’t add salt and substituted it with a little garlic powder (watching my sodium). Thank you for the recipe! It’s a new favorite for me lol


  50. Tina says

    Delicious. I’m watching my carbs, in place of bread crumbs I used ground up pork rinds (place in food processor and grind). Tasted wonderful without added carbs!


  51. Meagan says

    This was amazing. My kids, 6,4, and 1, gobbled it up. My husband I and agree it’s one of the best new recipies we’ve tried (and we try a LOT of new recipies).


  52. Jenna says

    This was so delicious. I had 3 very happy family members eating this with big smiles on their faces. One who doesn’t care much for salmon who wants me to make it again asap. Thank you so much for this. Will be trying plenty more of your recipes.


  53. Valerie says

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    This. Was. FABULOUS. I left out parsley because I didn’t have any. And I didn’t use the lemon (again, didn’t have any) but Oh my word, it was spectacular. My husband said if he ordered it in a restaurant he would expect to pay $35+ dollars for a serving. My dad said This is a keeper recipe. And it was SO EASY!


  54. Amber says

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    This was delicious and so easy! I saved it to make again, for sure. I am looking forward to trying the honey salmon recipe, too. You can never have too many salmon recipes! Thanks for sharing. I just found your website and can’t wait to try lots of your ideas.


  55. Areli says

    Love the recipes, healthy and with taste


  56. Fouzia says

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    Just madr this for dinner and it was a huge hit! So easy to make and has tons of great flavor. I will be trying more of your recipes for sure!


  57. Deb says

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    This was delicious!! It was quick and easy to make. I have been looking for a new way to make salmon and so glad I found your recipe. Loved it! Will definitely be making salmon this way again. Thanks for the great recipe!


    • Karina says

      Deb I’m so happy you liked this recipe! Thank you so much for stopping by to share your feedback. And you’re very welcome! 🙂


  58. Bridget says

    I made this tonight for my mom who has been having a hard time lately and it was amazing. We served it with your brown butter mash potatoes. Thanks for the great recipe! She loved it xoxo


  59. Savina says

    Made this last night and it was fantastic. My husband wants it on a rotation. Thanks Karina


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Crispy Garlic Parmesan Salmon Recipe (+ VIDEO) (2024)


Why is my salmon not getting crispy? ›

Avoid using a non-stick pan, as its coating actually inhibits a good sear. You'll need to cook with a fat that has a high smoke point. Something like peanut oil, canola oil, or even ghee will get the salmon skin crispy without burning. Do NOT use olive oil or butter.

How to get a good crust on salmon? ›

Letting the fish sear untouched in hot oil creates a lovely, flavorful, and golden crust. Carefully flip the fillets and reduce the heat to medium. Continue cooking until done to your liking, 4 to 5 minutes more. Transfer to a platter and serve.

How do you know if salmon is not cooked enough? ›

Firmness: Cooked salmon should be firm but still moist. When you press down gently on the flesh with a fork or your finger, it should feel slightly resistant but still give way easily. If the salmon is still hard or resists your fork, it needs more time to cook. If it is mushy or falls apart, it may be overcooked.

Should you fry salmon skin down? ›

So, you want skin that is super crisp and flavorful, just as you would want with chicken. Starting your salmon skin-side down, and cooking it until it is well rendered, lightly browned, and crisp, and then turning the salmon to finish the cooking, will make for a terrific dining experience.

How do restaurants get salmon so crispy? ›

Here's the secret: Let the fish cook for 90% of the time on the skin side. This thoroughly crisps the skin, and also results in a gentler cooking for the flesh side of the salmon.

What is the secret to best salmon? ›

A dry brine gives you firmer, juicier fish fillets with kettle-chip-crisp skin. Credit... Gentl and Hyers for The New York Times.

Should I use butter or oil for salmon? ›

A seared fish necessity. Butter + Oil. Butter makes everything better, and the oil is key for helping create the crispy exterior. Make sure to use an oil with a high smoke point like canola, grapeseed, or avocado oil to avoid burning it.

Is it better to fry or bake salmon? ›

Unlike pan-frying or sautéing, oven-baking salmon requires little to no additional oil. The natural fats in the salmon help to keep the fish moist, and the dry heat of the oven helps to create a slight caramelized exterior without excessive oil.

How do you get super crispy fish skin? ›

Pan-searing to achieve a crispy skin is one of the most delicious and quick ways to cook a piece of a fish! To nail shatteringly crunchy skin every time, you just need dry skin, hot oil and press down lightly to help the skin contact heat as it cooks.

What to serve with crispy salmon? ›

20 Best Side Dishes for Salmon
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  • 03 of 21. Buttery Garlic Green Beans. ...
  • 04 of 21. Kale, Quinoa, and Avocado Salad with Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette. ...
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Why is my fish skin not crispy? ›

Don't season the fish ahead of cooking as it will draw moisture out of the fish skin, making it wet → compromises crispiness! Hot oil and a light press – Heat oil in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Look for shimmering oil and little wisps of smoke as a sign it's hot enough.

Why is my salmon mushy after cooking? ›

This means, during the freezing and thawing process, the salmon loses a little bit of it's firmness and retains more moisture causing a limp, mushy fish when you cook it.

Why is my salmon mushy before cooking? ›

Salmon that's gone bad will often feel almost like it's about to fall apart, or sometimes mushy. Other things to watch for when examining your fish by touch are slimy or sticky residues, both indicators of spoilage.

Why is my salmon too soft? ›

Fish, just like other meats, is a protein, and protein that sits in acid liquids too long — for instance, marinades — can cause the fish to, well, fall apart and turn mushy, reports The Today Show. If you want to marinate your fish, be sure to only do so for about 30 minutes.

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