Grilled Lemon Parmesan Crusted Salmon

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With less than 10 ingredients and only 20 minutes of cooking time, this recipe for Grilled Lemon Parmesan Crusted Salmon is a total winner. Not only is it easy to make, but it’s completely impressive and totally delicious as well. Your family will leave the dinner table satisfied, and you’ll feel like a master chef after making this salmon.

Parmesan crusted salmon garnished with lemon slices and dill with text overlay - Parmesan Crusted Salmon.

Parmesan Crusted Salmon

We love us some salmon around here (my kids would shovel it in with a fork in each hand if I let them) so it is pretty imperative that I find some tasty new ways to prepare it! You can only do the same baked or grilled salmon over and over without everyone getting a little bored.

With beautiful, fresh Alaskan salmon fillets gleaming pink and fresh from Costco’s seafood shelves, it’s hard to resist taking one home and making a delicious meal. A little parmesan on top of salmon is a winning combo, and this recipe for lemon parmesan crusted salmon is one of our new favorites! Huge bonus? It’s on the table in under 30 minutes.

Shredded parmesan and seasonings in a small bowl.

Ingredients for Grilled Lemon Parmesan Salmon

The ingredients list for this salmon is pretty manageable. In fact, you only need to assemble 7 things prior to sticking this awesome fish on the grill. Here’s what you need to make this salmon:

  • 1 whole salmon fillet. I like to cook this fillet with the skin still on, but you can likely still achieve a pretty tasty fish if yours has the skin removed.
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs. You can purchase these from the store, or even make them on your own by baking white bread crumbs in the oven at 350 degrees F for around 5 minutes.
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese. Don’t skimp on this ingredient. I suggest purchasing a nice finely shredded Parmesan cheese for maximum flavor.
  • 2 Tablespoons freshly chopped dill. If you don’t have any fresh dill on hand you can substitute this for 1 Tablespoon dried dill.
  • 1 lemon. You’ll need this for the zest and then to slice as well. My family loves lemon, so I actually like to slice 1-2 extra lemons just in case.
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt. You can also use a nice kosher flake salt here instead of sea salt.
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper. I always opt to freshly grind my black pepper in recipes. It makes all the difference in flavor and doesn’t take too much extra effort.

Parmesan sprinkled on the top of a salmon fillet on a grill.

How to Make Parmesan Crusted Salmon

Quick note before making this salmon: I cooked my salmon over the high setting on my pellet smoker, but if you’re cooking on propane or charcoal grill you might want to place the entire fillet on a parchment-lined baking sheet to prevent the skin from charring over the direct heat.

If you want to make this salmon in the oven, that’s cool too! Just preheat the oven to the same temperature (425 degrees F) and follow the same cooking instructions.

  1. Prep. Preheat your grill (or smoker, or oven) to 425 degrees F. Remove any remaining bones from the fillet and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Grill. Place the salmon on the grill and cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the crust. Combine the bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, dill, and lemon zest in a small bowl. Spread the mixture over the salmon. Gently press down on the mixture to help it adhere to the fish.
  4. Finish cooking. Close the lid on the grill and continue cooking for another 7-10 minutes. The salmon is ready when it flakes and the internal temperature reads 145 degrees F.
  5. Enjoy. Serve the salmon immediately with additional lemons. If you’re looking for an extra fancy presentation, top with extra dill and a lemon slice.

Parmesan crusted salmon garnished with lemon slices and dill.

More Salmon Recipes

If your family loves salmon as much as mine does, you might be in the market for some new and exciting ways to grill up the tasty fish. Check out the recipes below for our favorite ways to cook salmon on the grill.

Parmesan Crusted Salmon Recipe

If things are looking a bit different around here, no worries! You’re still in the right place. This post was originally published in August 2015. We recently updated it with more information and helpful tips. The recipe remains the same.

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Lemon Parmesan Crusted Grilled Salmon

By: Susie Bulloch
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This salmon is fancy enough for company, but simple enough for a Tuesday! With less than 10 ingredients and only 20 minutes of cooking time, this recipe for Grilled Lemon Parmesan Crusted Salmon is a total winner.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Servings4 people


  • 1 whole salmon fillet skin on
  • ½ cup panko bread crumbs
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese finely shredded or ground
  • 2 Tablespoon freshly chopped dill or 1 Tablespoon dried dill
  • 1 lemon zested then sliced
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  • Prep the grill. Preheat your grill to 425 degrees F. Lightly oil the grill grates or use a non-stick grill mat to prevent the salmon from sticking.
  • Season. Prior to seasoning, check the salmon for any leftover pin bones and remove them. Next, season with salt and pepper.
  • Grill. Place the salmon directly on the oiled grates or on the grilling mat, close the lid, and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Make the lemon parmesan crust. While the salmon starts cooking, prepare your crust mixture. In a small bowl, combine the bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, dill, and lemon zest. Stir with a fork. Carefully pour the mixture over the salmon and press on with your hands.
  • Finish grilling. Close the lid and continue to cook for an additional 7-10 minutes or until the salmon flakes with a fork and the internal temperature reads 145 degrees F.
  • Serve. Remove the salmon to a serving dish. Top with the sliced lemons and serve immediately. Enjoy!


Calories: 148kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 856mg | Potassium: 277mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 137IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 176mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Susie is the BBQ Brain behind the Hey Grill Hey website. Her passion for smoked meats and developing fun, new recipes have landed her on the Food Network, cooking turkeys with Shaq, and on a couple of Guinness World Records. When she’s not grilling, she is hanging out with Todd and their three kids, preferably outdoors!

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  1. Dillo Dust says:

    Salmon is by far not my favorite seafood, but when “seasoned”

  2. Tanner Nilsson says:

    Susie! So this had been a go-to salmon recipe for us for a couple years now, but just in the oven. Well I got a traeger this summer and we just did this recipe on it… Wow! So good! Also, I just went down the Alpine slide last week and I had flashbacks of you smoking me (see what I did there) down it back in the day. Good times.

    1. Hey Grill says:

      Tanner!! Talk about throwing it back! That is awesome, in so glad you liked the salmon. Everything is better cooked over a fire, huh?