Panko Crusted Salmon with Asparagus

5 from 6 votes

This Panko Crusted Salmon is coated with a plant-based egg-free avocado mayonnaise and breaded with Japanese style panko breadcrumbs - great weekday dinner

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You know that feeling when you create a dish out of nothing that completely blows you away with the ease and flavor?! That happened with this Panko Crusted Salmon recipe! It feels like a fancy and gourmet meal, but really it just involved simple breading and pan-frying.

Panko Crusted Salmon on two plates

How do you make panko crusted salmon

First, you’ll start by mixing vegan mayo with dijon mustard, salt and pepper and I smothered that all over the salmon fillets. That marinade is what helps to keep it moist while frying it up.

vegan mayo in a glass bowl

Then I liberally sprinkle the panko breadcrumbs and rosemary mixture on top and patted down with the back of a spoon to make sure it adheres to the salmon. Totally optional, but lemon zest on top of these salmon fillets get crispy caramelized when fried, and that’s just the type of yumminess you need on your salmon amiright?

Panko Crusted Salmon before cooking

When you fry the panko crusted salmon, you may notice that some of the panko breading may come off. But that’s normal because the avocado mayo is no perfect glue, so just scoop up whatever gets stuck to the pan, and top the salmon with it.

Panko Crusted Salmon cooking in a pot

To the same pan, you can then quickly sauté some asparagus with a bit of salt, pepper and lemon juice. There’s already so much flavor and olive oil in the pan so don’t mess with it too much. I like cooking them for just 2-3 minutes until they lightly soften and brighten in color.

asparagus in a pot

There’s something about this panko crusted salmon that totally screams salmon avocado tempura roll from a Japanese restaurant! I swear, it’s not just me…my husband and I and our friends tasted it too. This time they were the ones tooting my horn telling me how epic this meal was. Woohooo for unsolicited compliments!

Top down shot of Panko Crusted Salmon on a white plate

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Panko Crusted Salmon

This Panko Crusted Salmon is coated with a plant-based egg-free avocado mayonnaise and breaded with Japanese style panko breadcrumbs – great weekday dinner
5 from 6 votes
Servings 4 servings
Course Main Course
Calories 193
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins



  • In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, mustard, salt and pepper and whisk to combine.
  • In another bowl, combine the panko breadcrumbs with the rosemary and toss to combine.
  • Spoon the mayonnaise mixture evenly over the salmon fillets to coat them. Then sprinkle the panko mixture over the salmon and press down firmly with the back of a spoon to adhere the breadcrumbs to the salmon.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium. Transfer the fillets to the pan carefully, with the panko side down.
  • Cook the salmon for 3-4 minutes. Flip over and cook for an additional 3 minutes until desired doneness. Remove from the pan and plate over rice, if desired.
  • In the same pan used to cook the salmon, add the asparagus, season with salt, pepper and the juice of half a lemon. Cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve with the salmon fillets and rice with sliced green onions, if desired.


  • Make Ahead: The mayonnaise mixture and the panko mixture can be made in advance and you an also coat the salmon in advance, but for best results pan-fry the salmon just before eating.
  • Storage: Keep any leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 days.


Serving: 1g, Calories: 193kcal, Carbohydrates: 7g, Protein: 15g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 38mg, Sodium: 294mg, Potassium: 380mg, Fiber: 1g, Vitamin A: 55IU, Vitamin C: 7.7mg, Calcium: 36mg, Iron: 1.3mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.

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Panko Crusted Salmon on a white plate

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  1. This salmon was incredibly delicious! I have never liked the way I cooked salmon and this recipe totally changed that. I usually find salmon too fishy tasting but with this recipe there was no fishy taste. Definitely will be making this again! Thank you 🙂

    1. So glad you enjoyed the recipe and that you’ll be making it again!! Thanks for sharing your experience!!

  2. This recipe was so simple and quick–it really only takes 20 minutes! This was the first recipe I have made by feelgoodfoodie, and based on the results and rave reviews from my husband, it won’t be the last (: Thank you for upping my cooking game without all the over-complicated steps and ingredients I face on other sites.

    1. Yay…thank you so much for the awesome feedback! I really appreciate it and I’m so happy that you and your husband enjoyed it!! 🙂

  3. Moist & rich with flavor. I like the idea of using the same pan to sauté the salmon first, then the asparagus.
    Great dish

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