8 Seafood Sheet Pan Meals that Come Together in 30 Minutes or Less


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Quick to cook, healthy, and endlessly versatile, wild-caught seafood is an optimal choice of protein for sheet pan meals. Whether you’re feeding a table-full of hungry loved ones or are meal prepping like a boss, wild-caught seafood as a sheet pan meal will make cooking and cleanup fast and easy. 

Here are 8 recipes for sheet pan meals that come together in less than half an hour.

Broiled Salmon with Broccolini and Potatoes 

For a classic take on a hearty sheet pan meal, try this recipe from Real Simple for salmon with yukon potatoes and broccolini. In any sheet pan meal, potatoes tend to take the longest to cook. By choosing small or baby yukon potatoes to use for this recipe, you’ll help cut down on cook time; broccolini, having relatively thin stalks, will broil up as quickly as the salmon. Especially since this recipe has you broiling your fillets, try to choose cuts that are of similar thickness so that they are done at the same time — this will be easier than trying to pull a thinner piece out from the oven sooner than a thicker one. 

Salmon with Lemon-Herb Garlic Butter

Topped with a garlicky lemon-herb butter, this sheet pan salmon with asparagus from Two Peas and Their Pod is basic in all the best ways. You can mix and match the herbs so that you’re using whatever looks the freshest, which is something that will help you reinvent this recipe for many meals to come. One thing we suggest is leaving the skin on, as its fasts will protect it from getting overcooked. 

Dijon Parmesan-Crusted Salmon

This recipe for sheet pan salmon from I Breathe, I’m Hungry, topped with parmesan and roasted alongside asparagus, is designed to be a low-carb, keto-diet-friendly meal; asparagus, you’ll notice, is a veg of choice in many sheet pan meals due to the fact that it cooks quickly. But this recipe is special because it’s hard to mess up: The key is its mustard-mayo topping, which keeps the fillets of salmon moist as it roasts. In addition, the salmon is roasted at a relatively low temperature, giving you even more grace if you’re someone who is still figuring out how to not overcook this fish. 

Moroccan Chermoula with Rockfish

Lemon Blossoms’ recipe for sheet pan cod, served with roasted tomatoes and green beans, is topped with chermoula for some Moroccan flair. You could also make this recipe with rockfish rather than cod. If you’re unfamiliar with chermoula, just know that it’s actually very easy to make on your own; you probably already have many of the ingredients in your kitchen. There are lots of recipes out there for chermoula, but generally all of them include fresh herbs like cilantro and parsley, cumin, coriander, paprika, and lemon. Use Lemon Blossoms’ recipe for this classic Moroccan topping, if you like. 

Panko-Crusted Cod with Summer Veggies

This summery sheet pan meal from Jenny Shea Rawn combines fresh, seasonal veggies — corn, tomatoes, and basil — with panko-crusted cod, giving you a delicious mix of flavors and textures that will fool everyone at the table into thinking you labored over this dish. It really couldn’t get much easier, as you’re essentially just arranging ingredients onto the pan, topping the fish with panko, then drizzling everything with olive oil. 

Mediterranean Cod with Cherry Tomatoes 

Another easy recipe that you can make with cod or halibut, Lively Table’s sheet pan meal is perfect when you’re craving simple, Mediterranean-inspired flavors. The only thing you have to “make” for this recipe is a simple, Italian-esque dressing of extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and oregano, which gets drizzled over fresh fish, ripe tomatoes, and a practically ready-made trifecta of kalamata olives, canned artichokes, and canned white beans. 

Halibut with Italian Salsa Verde

Camille Styles’ recipe for sheet pan halibut also takes its cues from Italian cuisine with a briny salsa verde made from parsley, capers, and anchovies. The salsa verde comes together with just a few pulses in a food processor, saving you plenty of time. It’s served at the end when the halibut and asparagus are cooked through.

Sablefish and Eggplant with Apple-Miso Glaze

Perhaps the most complicated sheet pan recipe in our roundup, Edible East Bay is a three-part meal of sablefish and eggplant with a sweet and savory apple-miso glaze. Technically it takes at least a day or two to make because you’ll be marinating the sablefish overnight or up to three days. That’s the first step. After that it comes together in less than half an hour. For the second step, you’ll brown the eggplant in a pan to develop some caramelization and get it cooking. Then for the finale, everything goes under the broiler until charred and delicious.

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