Friday, September 15, 2017

Salmon and Asparagus Sheet Pan Dinner

Salmon and Asparagus Sheet Pan Dinner is a delicious and easy meal, ready in just 20 minutes.

I had not intended on posting a recipe for this dish originally. After posting a photo on Facebook, I received a lot of questions about preparing salmon. Fish can be an intimidating menu item if you've never made it, even for myself. The first time I am experimenting with a new ingredient there is that sense of uncertainty, of "what will happen". I'm here to tell you that preparing a fresh salmon filet is about as easy as you can get.
I would say the most important part to making this dish is getting the freshest salmon filet possible. Fresh fish doesn't smell fishy. I cannot tell you the number of times that I've been dining out and a server walks by with a fishy smelling dish. Not appetizing at all. When shopping for fish check out what the most local caught options that are available. In this case I found a beautiful salmon filet that was U.S. wild caught. There were other options available and they are marked with the country of origin. Why would I want to buy something that has been frozen and shipped half way around the world?

So we have our fresh filet! No fishy smell! We're off to a great start. I have two favorite methods for preparing salmon, one is poaching it and the other is baking it. When baking salmon, it is even better that you can prepare the entire meal on one sheet pan. I'm sure you may have noticed the popularity of sheet pan dinners. I see them all over the internet these days.


  • 1 to 1.5 lbs Fresh Salmon Filet 
  • Fresh Bundle of Asparagus
  • 1 Lemon 🍋
  • 3 tbs Butter, melted
  • 1 tsp Lemon Juice
  • Pinch of Sea Salt
  • Cracked Black Pepper, to taste
  • Pinch of Old Bay Seasoning
Preheat oven to 350℉

In a small bowl or ramekin, combine melted butter and lemon juice.

Brush the area of the sheet pan with the butter mixture where the salmon filet will lay to prevent sticking.

Add the salmon filet to the prepared area on the sheet pan. 

Add the asparagus to each side of the salmon filet.

Brush the top of the salmon filet and asparagus with the lemon butter mixture.

Season everything with a pinch of sea salt and cracked black pepper.

Season the salmon filet with a pinch of old bay seasoning.

Top the salmon with thin slices of lemon.

Place sheet pan into preheated oven and bake for 20 minutes. If you have a thicker filet you may adjust the time up to 25 minutes if needed. It really shouldn't take longer than that.

Remove from oven and slice filet into portions and serve with a side of asparagus. Enjoy!

You may also be interested in:
Lowcountry Boil
Seafood Pasta Salad
Shrimp Scampi
Shrimp with Garlic Cream Sauce
South Your Mouth Salmon Spread

See it at:
Weekend Potluck

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