Salmon with crispy crumb topping is by far one of the easiest and quickest recipes you’ll find to add a little style, texture and taste to salmon steaks or fillets. While there are plenty of other options you could go for in terms of the topping ingredients, our shout for one of the best is salmon with a pesto, cheese and seed crispy crumb topping. It combines ingredients that are reusable, while also tasting great and looking impressive, giving you a good option to add in the health benefits of salmon into your diet more often.
Salmon with crispy crumb topping ingredients (serves 2):
• 2 salmon fillets/steaks
• 1/2 slice of brown or white bread, depending on your preference
• 2 tsp pesto
• Grated cheddar or gran pomadoro cheese, depending on your tastes and what you’ve got in the fridge.
• A few sunflower or pumpkin seeds (optional)
• A few pine nuts (optional)
• Salt and pepper
Salmon with pesto crispy crumb topping recipe:
1. Set your oven to 180 degrees, place your salmon steaks or fillets on a baking tray and season with salt and pepper to taste.
2. Break up the bread in a bowl and rub it between your finger and thumb and your hands intermittently until its down to a good crumb. If you have a breadcrumb setting on your food processor you could use that, but the old fashioned way is pretty effective all by itself.
3. Add in the 2 good tea spoons of pesto, grated cheese and a little salt and pepper and stir through into a thick paste.
4. Coat the top of each steak or fillet evenly with the pesto breadcrumb paste and sprinkle with the pumpkin sees, sunflower seeds and pine nuts. If you like a lot of cheese, grate a little more Parmesan over the top for good measure.
5. Place the baking tray with your salmon with crispy crumb topping in you preheated oven and bake for twelve minutes. If you want to add a little crisp to the topping, flash it under the grill for a minute or so.
6. Serve with green veg – purple sprouting broccoli or asparagus are good options – and a side of boiled new potatoes with a little butter or pasta with grated parmesan.
7. If you want to experiment with different tastes for the crispy topping, you can try using lemon or white wine with herbs to bind the breadcrumb. If you wanted to be even more adventurous, you can crush up some olives and garlic in a mortar and pestle to make your own paste.