Another Day, Another Healthy Sheet Pan Dinner!
We’re betting you’ve made a few chicken sheet pan dinners by now—they’re so easy, right?! But how about taking that gloriously simple one-pan dinner technique of roasting protein and veggies together on a sheet pan and applying it to a healthy salmon dinner?! We know, we know. It’s kind of a game-changing concept. A super-quick Asian-inspired sauce coats salmon fillets, carrots and broccoli florets, imbuing these basic, healthy ingredients with deeply savory flavors as they roast away in a hot oven. And in just about 20 minutes, dinner is served! You can serve some steamed rice on the side, if you want to bulk things up a bit, but honestly these perfectly-roasted salmon filets and gingery veggies are delicious all on their own.
What You’ll Need To Make The Best Ever Salmon Sheet Pan Dinner
Most of the ingredients in this easy, healthy sheet pan recipe go into the sauce—a salty, spicy, sweet mixture of Asian ingredients that’ll really make this recipe sing. Otherwise, it’s just salmon and some veggies! Here’s everything you’ll need to make it:
- Brown sugar
- Sesame oil
- Tamari (soy sauce is fine too)
- Sesame seeds
- Green Onions
Is Salmon Good For You?
You kind of already know this one, right? The question is not so much “is salmon healthy” but probably more like “HOW healthy is salmon?”. Salmon is very, very, very good for you. Nutrition guidelines suggest that you eat fish twice a week, and oily, fatty fish like salmon should be the star of at least one of those two fishy meals. Salmon isn’t just a great source of protein—although it is loaded with protein. This meaty pink fish is also high in EHA and DHA , which are both omega-3 fatty acids, which are thought to greatly contribute to the health of your brain and heart. Salmon may even play a role in protecting your body from some cancers, Alzheimer's disease , asthma, depression, diabetes, high blood pressure, and rheumatoid arthritis. Phew! That’s a lot of reasons to eat salmon. It tastes delicious—especially when roasted with this ultra-tasty Asian salmon sauce—and it’s wildly healthy, too. When it comes to buying salmon, we’ve got a great guide for you here, but the TL;DR is that wild salmon is usually better than farmed—better tasting, better for you, better for the environment and when in doubt, you can always consult the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch site for tips about buying salmon responsibly.
How To Make This Ultra-Healthy Sheet Pan Salmon
Grab your sheet pan and...basically nothing else! Dinner doesn’t get much easier, or healthier, than this.
- Whisk together brown sugar, sesame oil, tamari, cilantro, ginger, garlic and sesame seeds to make a saucey Asian-inspired salmon marinade-ish thing.
- Put the salmon, broccoli and carrots on the baking sheet and coat them with half of your ginger-and-garlic sauce.
- Roast until the salmon is cooked through! A note on salmon doneness: salmon doesn’t take too long to cook. Watch the color change from vibrant red to pale pink, and you can always check the salmon internal temp by inserting a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the filet. You’re looking for an internal temp of 145°F.
- Finish the salmon and veggies by drizzling them with the rest of that gorgeous sauce, and gobble away!
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