I mentioned on Wednesday how much I have been loving everything bagel topping on, well, everything! I also promised a recipe for the salmon I made with it, which was beyond delicious, and now I am here to deliver on this promise.
This salmon is my favorite thing I have made for the blog. ever. period. the end. It’s that good, I am daydreaming about eating it as I write it. I may even be salivating a little more than usual thing about it, but let’s not point any fingers. The topping comes out perfectly crisp, golden brown, buttery, salty, and a little nutty. Underneath, the salmon cooks up perfectly tender and flaky, just like fish should be. Served up with a little creme fraiche (or sour cream!) stirred up with a squeeze of lemon juice…I could eat it every day. For breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Yes, I even included breakfast in that.
After all, the inspiration for this recipe was one of my all time favorite brunch foods, cream cheese and smoked salmon on a toasted everything bagel. Every few weeks Danny and I will venture out to get one, still a little bleary eyed, order up 2 of these and a coffee, and sit in silence as we devour them, stopping only to look up at each other and exclaim how good they are and comment on how we never should have let so much time pass without getting them. Due to our mutual love of these bagels, I was pretty confident this salmon would be a hit with Danny. And I was right!
So right, that a few days after I had made and shot these for the blog, Danny pipped up while we were driving and said “You know, I was thinking that maybe you should make that salmon from the other night again and re-shoot it, I’m not sure you really got any good shots.”
I was confused. Mostly because I didn’t think he had actually looked at any of the pictures yet. But also because, duh, I knew I had some good ones. Anyways, a little prodding and his true motives came spilling out: he just wanted to eat it again!
This is such an easy and quick dinner to pull together, and the flavors are so savory you’ll want to be sure to make more than you think you need (a mistake I made and regretted deeply). Note that the everything bagel mix I have you make is more than you will need for this recipe, but it is awesome to have on hand!
Everything Bagel Salmon
Makes 4 servings
Ingredients for everything bagel mix
4 teaspoons poppy seeds
4 teaspoons sesame seeds
4 teaspoons dried onion flakes
4 teaspoons dried minced garlic
2 teaspoons kosher salt
Put all ingredients in a small jar, container, or sandwich bag, and shake until completely combined. Shake before using as well.
Ingredients for Salmon
1 1/2 lb salmon fillet, cut into four equal portions
4 teaspoons everything bagel mix
1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
1 1/5 tablespoons melted butter
1 egg, whisked thoroughly
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil sprayed well with cooking spray
- Place salmon pieces on the baking sheet, skin side down
- In a small bowl, combine panko, everything bagel mix and butter. Use a fork to mix until all of the break crumbs are moistened and the ingredients are thoroughly combined
- Using a pastry brush or the back of a spoon, coat the top of each piece of salmon in the whisked egg. This will allow the panko to adhere to the salmon when it is baking
- Divide the panko topping equally among the pieces of salmon and gently press it onto the top of the salmon so that each piece is evenly covered
- Place salmon in the preheated oven. After about 5-7 minutes, check on the salmon and make sure the topping is not browning too quickly. If it is, place a piece of foil over the salmon, and continue baking
- The salmon will be done in 10-12 minutes, once opaque in the middle
- Remove salmon from the oven and serve immediately. I chose to serve mine with a mixture of sour cream and lemon juice on the side, and a squeeze of lemon on top!