Preheat the oven to 475 degrees or put the BBQ on high. Grease a baking sheet, or line it with parchment paper.
Remove the skin from the fillets.
To do this: place fillets skin side down on a cutting board. Take a sharp, thin knife and slice between the skin and flesh until you’ve parted them enough to get a grip on the skin. Hold the skin firmly against the cutting board. Draw the knife back and forth against the skin, at about 90 degrees to the cutting board, while pushing it away from you. Use enough pressure on the knife to part the skin from the flesh, without cutting through the skin.
Pat the fish dry.
In a large, shallow bowl mix about 1/2 cup of panko bread crumbs per serving with a generous amount of chopped cilantro or parsley. Drizzle olive oil over it, mixing with your fingers until the crumbs are barely coated–use no more than a teaspoon per serving in all. Add a little salt and pepper. Add 1/2 tsp of water for every half-cup of crumbs you use, mixing quickly. The mixture should still be light and crumbly, not sticky.
Using a small spatula, coat each piece of fish with sweet mustard— use enough to make the coating stick. Press each piece into the crumb mixture, turning it to coat all sides. Place the fish on the baking sheet and top each piece with any remaining crumbs, patting down lightly.
Bake for 10 minutes for each inch of thickness of fish, by which time the crumbs should be lightly browned. If they aren’t, pull the fish out and heat up the broiler to brown them: you never want to dry out your fish by cooking it too long!
Any kind of salmon works for this delicious herb mixture, but pink salmon has a delicate flavour and a little less fat than other kinds of salmon, so it benefits from being wrapped in a “jacket” while cooking. Make it in individual servings rather than as one whole fillet — it will look better on the plate and your guests will love the crunchy crust.
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