Spring's 15 Best Sheet Pan Dinners
Springtime brings forth a fresh new crop of vegetables to brighten up plates and palates. I'm especially excited about adding tender asparagus, baby potatoes, first-crop artichokes, teensy carrots, baby beets, spring radishes, and crisp snap peas to favorite sheet pan dinners for one-pan meals that are easy to make and clean up. Here are 15 of the season's best sheet pan dinners, peppered with helpful prep and cooking tips.
Sheet Pan Lemon Garlic Salmon with Asparagus
Salmon is so simple to prepare, and this recipe is no exception. To add both color and flavor, toss tender spring asparagus and cherry tomatoes in a bit of oil, salt, and pepper and bake right alongside the salmon. During the last ten minutes of baking, toss a few sugar snap peas onto the pan, as well.
Greek Flank Steak and Veggie Salad
"We’ve eaten this the last 5 nights — by choice. I leave the Romaine out and just do the sliced steak and veggies in a flatbread, topped with feta," Ashley Richards says. "Everybody I have made it for is crazy about it."
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Sheet Pan Harissa Chicken Dinner
"Spice up chicken dinners with a touch of harissa. The North African red pepper sauce adds depth and kick to this one-pan meal perfect for weeknights," Juliana Hale says. You might think of them as winter root vegetables, but they're at their sweetest in early spring.
Stuffed Chicken Thighs with Roasted Potatoes and Carrots
This oven-roasted sheet pan dinner combines the main and side dish all in one pan. Chicken breasts are stuffed with cheese, olives, and breadcrumbs and roasted alongside new red potatoes and carrots. When you're roasting stuffed chicken, use an instant-read thermometer to make sure the meat is cooked to a perfect 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).
Sheet Pan Lemon Butter Garlic Shrimp with Asparagus
Don't forget to snap off the tough, fiberous ends of the asparagus before baking. (You can save them to make stock or soup.) After this dish comes out of the oven, finish it with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and a sprinkling of chopped fresh herbs.
Related: Learn how to buy and prep asparagus, plus 6 ways to cook it.
Roasted Vegetable Bowl with White Beans and Garlic-Balsamic Dressing
Roast Yukon Gold potatoes and zucchini before mixing them with cannelloni beans, baby arugula, and grape tomatoes for fresh flavor.
Dijon Pork with Apples and Cabbage
Cabbage planted in the fall and winter is ready to harvest in early spring, and it's naturally sweet from having endured a few winter frosts. Apples pair perfectly with pork and cabbage, and the whole lot is roasted to perfection on one pan for a meal that's sweet enough for the kids but sophisticated enough for the adults.
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Vegan Green Bean, Tomato, and Basil Sheet Pan Dinner
"Easy to make, inexpensive, and an instant hit with the family! Cleanup took one minute," says JayPee.
Greek Lemon Chicken and Potato Bake
"I love one-pan meals, especially when no measuring and exact ingredients are involved. I made this one Sunday when I didn't want to babysit my food in the kitchen! Turned out great," writes reviewer Chef V.
Roasted Cod Nicoise
"Not only was this dish uncomplicated and delicious but it was eye candy. Beautiful colors. Delightful flavors," reviewer JennyLea writes. "Next time I make this, it will be for company, as I expect them to be impressed."
Dragan's Leg of Lamb with Garlic and Beer
Nothing says spring like lamb and new potatoes. Whether you're cooking this sheet pan dinner for a special holiday gathering or a nice weeknight meal, you'll be wowed by the amazing flavor the veggies get from roasting in the pan juices and beer.
Related: Get tips for roasting tender, juicy lamb.
Sheet Pan Chicken Dinner for Two
"Dinner couldn't be easier! This is perfect for those hectic weeknights and the recipe can easily be doubled," says recipe creator France C. "Feel free to use different vinaigrette flavors and vegetables for a change of pace."
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Parma Wrapped Chicken with Mediterranean Vegetables
Chicken breasts are wrapped in prosciutto di Parma ham for an easy, elegant dinner. Bring a bit more spring to this dish by replacing the zucchini, peppers, and tomatoes with artichoke hearts and baby golden beets. Cut the veggies the same size as the potatoes, so everything cooks at the same rate, then follow the recipe as written.
Sausage and Vegetable Sheet Pan Dinner
"The whole family liked this. It's tasty, and it has meat along with several vegetables, making it a wholesome meal," says Keydet77. "It's very easy and quick to make, so this is going to be on the short list of meals to fix on those days when we want a home-cooked meal in a hurry."