crispy salmon recipe

Crispy Salmon Recipe

Dinner | June 7, 2016 | By

Inspiration for new recipes is everywhere. I look for it in magazines, restaurants, on TV ~ though we said  goodbye to cable over a year ago so it’s limited and of course, from my family and friends. Last weekend my daughter was over and commented how “wasteful” all the crumbs at the bottom of the potato chip bags are. I had to laugh because when she was a teenager she didn’t consider a 45 minute shower wasteful and when “not me” left the TV on and went upstairs to take said shower, no one thought it was wasteful except me. So as I pressed my fingers together to snag the last teensy bit of potato chips from the bottom my favorite bag of barbecue chips ~ please don’t judge me – they were SO good — it occurred to me that maybe there is something productive I could with them other than just allowing them to stain my fingertips. My sister-in-law has been adding crushed potato chips on the top of her Cheesy Potatoes for as long as I’ve known her. Gloria’s Cheesy Potatoes are nothing short of amazing. Maybe even life-altering. Seriously, not a person on this entire planet would argue with that. So if she can do it with such rousing success, why couldn’t I do it with this salmon?

crispy salmon recipe

My husband is an avid fisherman but not a huge salmon fan. He makes a deep-fried lake perch dinner, complete with French fries and cole slaw that just may knock your socks off and he loves fresh Grouper whenever we’re in Florida ~ also deep-fried ~ are you seeing the pattern? ~ but to him, salmon is that bad penny that just keeps turning up at our dinner table. I love it so I’m always up to the challenge finding a salmon recipe he will like. Spicy usually does the trick, like Damn Good Spicy Brown Sugar Topped Salmon which is what he said it was “damn good”, thus the name. He’s also a fan of this Crispy Salmon Recipe. Anyway, I’m assuming since you’re still reading you have a certain fondness for salmon and don’t need convincing, so I’ll just get right into the recipe.

The barbecue chips I used aren’t especially spicy, so I made this Spicy Remoulade to top it with. It’s optional. A simple wedge of lemon is really good too. If you’re going with the sauce, make it first so it can chill.

crispy salmon recipe

  • 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 – tablespoon of mayonnaise (light or regular)
  • Light sprinkle of garlic powder
  • 1 – tablespoon of fresh cilantro, minced
  • 1/2 – tablespoon of lime juice
  • 1 – teaspoon of Sriracha or more to your taste
  • Fresh cracked black pepper to taste

crispy salmon recipe

FOR THE FISH (2 – pieces each about checkbook size):

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 – tablespoon of melted butter
  • 1/2 cup BBQ chips/chip crumbs
  • 1/4 teaspoon of chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon of paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon of dill
  • 1 – tablespoon of mayonnaise

Okay, let’s get the fish started. If you’ve been following along here, you know I like love my oven-safe pans. I know a whole set of nice pans can be expensive, but if you don’t have any check out T.J. Maxx or Marshall’s Home Goods and buy just one. . .or more. . .they’ll be your new best friends. For the record, I am not affiliated in any way with T.J.’s or Marshall’s. I’m just sort of addicted to shopping there. Anyway, I used my large oven-safe skillet. From stove-top to oven, no extra dishes to wash.

crispy salmon recipe

Empty your chips/chip crumbs into a zip lock bag. Use a mallet or rolling pin (if you have neither, a wine bottle on its side works just fine too) and smash the chips into even smaller pieces. If you have a food processor, a couple of quick pulses does the trick.

Oh ~ these are the bottom-of-the-bag chips I used. Any barbecue will work. Kettle-cooked are my personal faves.

crispy salmon recipe

Next I added the butter and spices: chili powder, cumin, paprika and dill. If this seems like an odd combination of spices, it probably is. . .but it works. You’ll have to trust me on this one.

crispy salmon recipe

I sliced the salmon into thinner pieces – about 1″ wide ~ almost like a thicker fish stick. They cook even faster in smaller pieces, but leaving them about checkbook size (single serving) works fine. It’s just my husband and I, so this is what I’m going with.

crispy salmon recipe

In my oven-safe skillet, I drizzled some olive oil, warmed it up and added the salmon, getting it a little brown on one side.

crispy salmon recipe

Then just a very light swipe of mayo ~ light or regular, whatever you have. Think of it like buttering toast. Just a small amount. Divide the chip topping and add it to the top of the salmon, pressing it with your fingers into the mayo so it sticks.

tablespoon of melted butter

Then into a 400° oven it goes. Small strips like this baked in just 6 minutes. If you keep the filets checkbook size, you’ll need about 8 minutes.

crispy salmon recipe

The spice and the crunch on this Crispy Salmon Recipe is really good. I paired it with an easy cole slaw ~ cool, fresh and light ~ and a bit more crunch. Easy, quick-cooking salmon you can make any night of the week giving you more “me” time!

What does “me time” mean to you?  

 crispy salmon recipe

Crispy Salmon Recipe
Serves 2
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  1. 2 - pieces of salmon, about checkbook size each
  2. sea salt and pepper
  3. 1/4 cup of yogurt
  4. garlic powder
  5. 1 - tablespoon of cilantro
  6. 1 - tablespoon of lime juice
  7. 2 - tablespoons of mayonnaise (light or regular, whichever you have)
  8. 1 - teaspoon of Sriracha - or more to your liking
  9. 1/2 cup of barbecued potato chips or chip 'crumbs' (kettle type preferred)
  10. 1/2 tablespoon of butter,melted
  11. 1/4 teaspoon of paprika
  12. 1/4 teaspoon of cumin
  13. 1/4 teaspoon of dill
  14. 1/4 teaspoon of chili powder
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a small bowl, blend the yogurt, garlic powder, cilantro, lime juice, sriracha and ONE tablespoon of the mayonnaise, then refrigerate.
  3. Smash the chips or pulse in a food processor.
  4. Add the melted butter, paprika, cumin, dill and chili powder, blending.
  5. Season the salmon with sea salt and pepper.
  6. With the other tablespoon of mayo, spread a light layer on the top of each piece of fish, similar to the thickness you'd butter toast.
  7. Divide the chip topping, adding it on top of the fish and gently pressing with your fingers.
  8. Bake 6-8 minutes, depending on the size of your salmon pieces.


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    June 7, 2016

    Salmon is not my go to fish but some presentations of it are fabulous. This is one of them. The taste and texture was beautiful with a little crunch. The sauce added a little bite that was pleasant. This is a winner.

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    June 7, 2016

    Guilty! I can’t wait to make this one. The sauce sounds awesome.

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    June 8, 2016

    What a great way to use up chip crumbs! We love salmon……perfect recipe. The sauce sounds especially good. We will definitely be making this soon. Pinned.

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      June 8, 2016

      Hi Mary – salmon is one of my favorites too! 🙂 You can adjust the spice level on the sauce according to your own tastes. I hope you enjoy it soon! Take care and as always, good hearing from you!!

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