Parmesan Crusted Salmon Fish with Orange Coffee Maple Sauce Recipe

Cooked salmon fish with Parmesan cheese

Salmon is one of the healthiest fish you can add to your weekly meal plan. The fish is loaded with good nutrition: protein, Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals. Healthline provides a more detailed presentation on 11 health benefits of salmon fish.

Farm-Raised vs Wild Caught Salmon Fish

Salmon fish can be purchased as wild caught or Farm-raised. Farm raised Salmon are far cheaper than wild caught. But are there any significant differences?



Farm-Raised Salmon:

1. Farm-raised are grown on a farm in fish pens and are more restrictive. These are found mostly in grocery stores and served at most restaurants.

2. are fed artificial feeds that are made from highly processed ingredients such: large amounts of fats and corn and grounded fishes. 

3. they are thicker and have a higher visible marbling of fat throughout the flesh of the fish.

4. the flesh is lighter in color: pinkish-orange. however, many farmers add dyes to their feeds to make their flesh resemble those of the wild caught salmon. 

5. In addition, the nutrition content is less than their wild caught counterpart.

Wild Caught Salmon:

1. caught in their natural environments such as lakes, rivers, and oceans. They are free to swim more wildly; found mostly at your local fish markets.


2. have a more natural diet: smaller fishes and krill.


3. are thinner, leaner, and less fatty because they swim upstream and are a lot more active.


4. the flesh is darker in  color: deeper reddish-orange.


5. Since their diet are more diverse in nature, their nutrition content is higher in minerals such as iron, iodine; has more vitamins, and essential omega-3 fatty acids.

The bottom line is that wild caught salmon are considered cleaner, safer, and of a higher quality than farm raised salmons, making them more expensive. 

Farm-raised Salmon Are Not All Bad

However, this does not mean that you should rule out farm-raised fish. Not all farm-raised salmon is bad. Moreover, more than 50 % of the world’s seafood market is farm-raised. 

Research Salmon Fish Companies

It’s important to always ask your fish market where or whom they obtain their salmon and then go and research the company. They will provide you will how they raise their fish, the feed they used and who regulates their farming practices to make sure they are in compliance with food safety procedures.

In this blog, I used farm-raised salmon because they are cheaper and I think they still provide a good source of good nutrition. 

You can also try my Escovitch spicy Pickled Vegetables that goes very well with salmon or any other fish dish.

Parmesan Crusted Salmon with Orange Coffe Maple Sauce

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Parmesan Crusted Salmon Fish with Orange Coffee Maple Sauce

Kevin Foodie
This parmesan-crusted salmon dish is healthy and very tasty. The meal is very quick, easy, and requires little preparation. My unique home-made Orange Coffee Maple Sauce when paired with this salmon fish will have a burst of different flavor notes dancing in your mouth.
5 from 10 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Mediterranean
Servings 6


  • Oven
  • Cast Iron Skillet or Baking Tray
  • Metal Spatula
  • Spoon
  • 2 Small Bowls
  • Sauce Pan


Prepare Salmon

  • 2 lbs. Salmon Fillet with skin
  • 2 tsp Black Pepper freshly grounded
  • 3 tbsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt

Orange Coffee Maple Sauce

  • 1 Large Navel Orange Zest Orange for 1/2 tsp.
  • 1/2 cup Maple BBQ Sauce
  • 1 Medium Lemon Zest Lemon for 1/2 tsp.
  • 1/4 cup Maple Syrup
  • 1 cup Brewed Coffee

Parmesan Topping

  • 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 tbsp Complete Seasoning
  • 3 tbsp Olive Oil


Parmesan Topping

  • To Parmesan cheese, add complete seasoning and mix well together.
    seasoned parmesan

Prepare Salmon Fillets

  • In a bowl, add a few drops of vinegar to 2 cups of tap water. Soak salmon in vinegar water for 10 minutes to help get rid of the fishy smell. Remove from liquid.
  • In a small bowl, add salt, pepper, and onion powder. Season salmon pieces on all sides with seasoning mixture. Allow seasoned salmon to sit in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
    seasoned salmon
  • Remove salmon from refridgerator. Turn on the oven and set to 350 °F.
  • Spray cast iron skillet or baking tray with canola oil or lightly brush with olive oil.
  • Lay pieces of the seasoned salmon, skin down, onto the skilllet pan or baking tray.
    salmon fish uncooked
  • Brush olive oil onto Salmon pieces .
  • Generously add Parmesan cheese mixture onto top of salmon pieces.
    salmon fish uncooked with Parmesan cheese
  • Bake in oven for 15 - 20 minutes.

Orange Coffee Maple Sauce

  • Zest lemon and orange to obtain 1/2 tsp zest from each citrus fruit.
  • After removing zest, juice the lemon and orange.
  • Brew your favorite coffee and measure 1 cup coffee.
  • In the sauce pan, add brewed coffee, freshly squeezed orange juice, lemon zest, orange zest Maple BBQ Sauce and maple syrup.
    maple sauce
  • Over medium heat, cook until sauce is reduces to a rich consistency.
  • Pour sauce into a serving bowl.
    orange coffee sauce



Seasoning the fish with salt, even though it is a small amount, is optional.
Bear in mind that the Parmesan cheese is salty.
You can replace powdered seasoning with blended fresh herbs and spices. 
If you like a very thick sauce, you can add cornstarch and cook to your desired thickness.
Keyword Coffee, fish, Maple, orange, parmesan, Salmon, Sauce, Whole Foods Market, zest

Parmesan crusted Salmon Fish.

The tenderness of the salmon with the crusted texture of parmesan gives a balance of texture and flavor to the dish.

Cooked salmon fish with Parmesan cheese
orange coffee sauce

Orange Coffee Maple Sauce.

This is a sauce like no other. The sweetness of the maple, and the fresh hint of the citrus zest, tones down the bitter note of the coffee to create this beautiful marriage of ingredients that gives birth to this unique and delicious sauce. 

This orange coffee maple sauce can be paired with chicken, seafood, beef, lamb, or pork.


Salmon For Dinner

My Parmesan Crusted Salmon makes a delicious with my Seasoned Rice Pilaf with Ackee. Click HERE for the recipe.

salmon dinner

17 thoughts on “Parmesan Crusted Salmon Fish with Orange Coffee Maple Sauce Recipe”

  1. 5 stars
    We share so many of the same love of flavor profiles. I’m a big salmon lover and can’t wait to try this recipe.

  2. Love salmon, but just don’t make it enough. Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe! Also, love the WHY farm-raised vs wild caught.

  3. Everything about this post has my mouth watering. Common, it looks so damn good! I am literally buying the ingredients for this asap and making it myself. I love the sound of the coating with the sauce!! Thank you so much for sharing with us, I love the sound of it Xo

    Elle –

  4. Good advice on farm vs wild salmon. I have farmed in my freezer usually, I enjoy the fatty taste of the well fed fish who don’t need to swim upstream to spawn but wild caught is a nice, if expensive treat. Can’t wait to try this recipe for dinner one night when I have friends over.

  5. 5 stars
    Yum!! These look absolutely delicious!! Great information about the farm fish as well. I always wondered about that. Thanks so much for sharing!!✨

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