Old Bay Shrimp and Sausage Sheet Pan Dinner

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Old Bay Shrimp and Sausage Sheet Pan Dinner
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Sheet pan dinners are LIFE!

That’s where I’m at friends. Sheet pan dinners have become my jam, and I’m not complaining one bit.


All you need is a little protein, a lot of veggies, and some inspiring spices.

Old Bay Shrimp and Sausage Sheet Pan Dinner

What is a sheet pan dinner?

I’m glad you asked. Essentially, it’s the same concept as a “one pot meal,” only instead of being cooked on the stove, all of the ingredients are nestled together on one sheet pan (or cookie sheet) in the oven. It makes for really easy cooking come meal time, and even easier clean up.

Here’s the deal- I’m in the middle of a remodel, it’s the middle of the school year, and Holly is  about to go on maternity leave, which means we are both working like crazy to prepare for her hiatus. Needless to say, things are pretty crazy around here. And, because I’d like to take what feels like my own personal season of Survivor and actually thrive through it, takeout every night just isn’t an option. So, I’ve decided sheet pan dinners will be my new best friend. I just wish I had discovered them sooner in life.

If you google sheet pan dinners there are thousands of “round-ups” to choose from. I saw one that says “38 sheet pan dinners,” which is great because that means your dinners will never get boring. I mean just think of the flavor combos yet to be created? The possibilities really are endless.

All you need is a little protein, a lot of veggies, and some inspiring spices. Spread it all out on a sheet pan, cook in the oven, and voila! Dinner is done and your kitchen is still clean. Man, I love you sheet pan.

Today’s sheet pan dinner was love at first bite and had me licking my plate once it was all gone. (I’m sorry if that grosses you out, but I’m human and you know you’ve done it too.) There is just something about Old Bay Seasoning that takes seafood dinners like this one (especially anything with shrimp) over the top.

What is Old Bay Seasoning?

I had to look this one up. I’ve used it for years and love it, but never thought about what was in it. As it turns out, it is simply a combination of celery salt, black pepper, crushed red pepper flakes and paprika. Somehow that winning combo gets me everytime and if you’ve yet to try it, now is your chance to start using it on everything.

Old Bay Shrimp and Sausage Sheet Pan Dinner

How do you make this Shrimp and Sausage Sheet pan dinner?

It’s really so easy. All you do is toss the shrimp, asparagus, sausage, and shallots together. Top it all with a little bit of salt and Old Bay Seasoning and when it’s done serve it with our favorite extra lemony aioli. If you’re wanting something a little heartier, we tested this dinner over a bead of brown rice (made in a rice cooker of course) and it was money! See? Totally plate-licking worthy.

Remodel, maternity leave, sports, homework, you name it...I’m done making excuses for myself to eat takeout over and over again. Instead it will be sheet pan dinners...over and over again...and I’m completely okay with that.

Old Bay Shrimp and Sausage Sheet Pan Dinner

Serves 6

Ingredients

1 lb raw shrimp
1 lb chicken sausage, fully cooked or raw that has been cooked through enough to slice. (we used asiago basil, but feel free to use your favorite)
1 lb asparagus, trimmed and cut into 3" pieces
2 shallots, sliced into wedges
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
2 tsp Old Bay Seasoning
1 lemon
pepper, to taste

Lemon Garlic Aioli

1 cup extra light tasting olive oil
1 egg
1 garlic clove
juice of one lemon
zest of one lemon
1 tsp salt

Method

  1. To make the aioli, add the olive oil, egg, garlic, lemon juice and zest and salt to a mason jar. Place hand blender (also known as an immersion blender) at the bottom of the jar and turn it on. In a few seconds you will see the aioli start to form at the bottom. It will quickly begin to emulsify and become thick. Hold the blender at the bottom of the jar for the first few seconds until the oil has been incorporated, then move the blender up slowly until fully combined!
  2. Heat oven to 400°F.
  3. In a large bowl toss asparagus and shallots in olive oil with 1/2 tsp salt and spread on baking sheet along with sausage. Place on center rack and roast for 10 minutes.
  4. Remove pan from oven and add shrimp. Season entire sheet pan with remaining salt, freshly ground pepper, old bay seasoning and squeeze the lemon over the top. Gently toss all ingredients on the pan and roast for an additional 6-7 minutes or until sausage is warmed through and shrimp is pink. Serve warm with the aioli. Enjoy!