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I make salmon a lot for my clients because its health benefits are far too many to ignore. It is power-packed with disease-fighting acids, minerals and vitamins.

So whether you bake it, broil it, grill it or eat it raw, salmon is a powerful addition to your healthy lifestyle. This recipe is healthy and quick for a weeknight dinner. 

Healthy Parmesan Crusted Salmon

4 salmon fillets – I prefer Alaskan salmon that is  wild-caught

2 tablespoons light butter, melted

1/2 teaspoon garlic salt

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

3/4 cup breadcrumbs

1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated

2 tablespoons green onions, thinly sliced

2 teaspoons lemon peel, grated

1/4 teaspoon dried thyme leaves

Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a shallow baking pan with cooking spray.

Pat salmon dry with a paper towel. Place skin-side down in pan and brush with 1 tablespoon of butter. Sprinkle with garlic salt and pepper.

Mix the bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, green onions, lemon peel and thyme in a small bowl. Stir in remaining 1 tablespoon butter. Press bread crumb mixture evenly on salmon fillets. Bake uncovered for 15 to 25 minutes or until salmon flakes easily with a fork. Turn oven and broil until the crust is browned.

• Chef Debi Stuckwisch is the owner of Meals Like Mom’s Personal Chef service in McHenry County. She can be reached at 847-778-9351 or, or visit