With just 5 ingredients, you have all you need to make this easy sheet pan meal. This recipe takes under 15 minutes to make and you will love these ideas for spice combos to completely change those flavors.
I am at a stage in life where I appreciate simple and straightforward food that doesn’t take a lot of time out of my day to prepare. That is why I have been relying heavily upon this 5-ingredient sheet pan salmon recipe to get us through all of these crazy nights where none of us arrive at the dinner table together.
I thought I’d give you the scoop today on my workhorse recipe that has been saving me a ridiculous amount of cash that would have been spent on takeout instead.
Salmon and asparagus go together like peas and carrots, don’t they? I buy the whole side of salmon at our local ALDI and love the price for this fresh and not frozen fish. ALDI has partnered with Instacart (here’s ten bucks towards your order if you have never tried out this incredible invention!) and I have a note in our shopping list that instructs the shopper to buy enough salmon for a family of four.
Pictured here is what they typically bring and this is usually enough for six to seven meals, depending on our portion sizes.
For a long time I was intimidated by the idea of preparing a big giant piece of salmon like this. I would tell my scared self though that preparing this is incredibly easy. So easy, in fact, that I think even someone who has never cooked before could pull it off.
Here’s one quick tip that I would share with you about preparing fish that I didn’t realize in those beginning preparation days…
If you want your fish to have a beautiful golden exterior, you must use a paper towel and blot the fish well to remove the excess moisture.
It will make ALL the difference in the world when you broil it.
I season our fish with a simple shake of Old Bay Seasoning (you can usually find it over by the fish display at your market) and kosher salt. The first night we eat this, we keep it with this basic set-up and it is delicious.
When I reheat the fish later in the week though, I love to use different spices in my spice cabinet (be sure to snag our FREE printable labels) to make the flavor profile different each day.
The beauty in leaving your canvas blank is that you have the opportunity to switch things up over the course of the week.
Are you drooling too?
I love how beautifully this all broils up together.
My trick for keeping the asparagus looking great is to not broil it at the tip top of the oven rack, like you usually would. I give it one step down to allow the top of the salmon to still get that golden top, but also allowing enough space to not burn that asparagus.
This is 9 minutes in our oven. Sometimes, with thicker cuts, I have needed 11 minutes, but I prefer to keep it closer to the 9 minute timeline to keep the fish flavorful and not dry.
How pretty is that?
I hope you can add this recipe to your arsenal and that it helps you succeed at saving money on takeout nights too.
- Side of Salmon
- Olive Oil
- Kosher Salt
- Old Bay Seasoning
- 1 pound asparagus
- Line your sheet pan with nonstick aluminum foil.
- Using a paper towel, blot up any excess moisture on your fish.
- Brush your salmon top with olive oil and add a generous amount of kosher salt and Old Bay Seasoning to the top.
- Trim the asparagus ends. Drizzle the asparagus with olive oil and season with kosher salt. Arrange the asparagus around the salmon.
- Move your oven rack to the second row from the top. Turn your broiler on HIGH and broil the salmon and veggies for 9-11 minutes.
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