This ultimate one pan salmon and asparagus whips up in under 20 minutes
This ultimate sheet-pan roasted salmon asparagus comes together in less than 20 minutes. The easy preparation using simple ingredients gives it a clean and fresh taste. Moreover, it makes for the perfect healthy light lunch. Add a healthy quinoa chickpeas salad and call it dinner. Served either way, family and friends will love it.
What type of salmon works best and how long to cook the salmon and asparagus on one sheet-pan?
First and foremost, buy the freshest salmon available. While expensive, Pacific wild king salmon (a.k.a Chinook) works perfectly. The flesh is thick and the taste is buttery once cooked. However, the pacific wild king salmon is seasonal. The season varies. Be sure to purchase salmon, especially the Chinook, from a reputable purveyor. Whenever the Pacific King Salmon isn’t in season, the “organic” versions of Atlantic salmon is a good substitute.
The sheet-pan roasted salmon asparagus works best with a thicker salmon, hence the Pacific Wild King or organic Atlantic salmon choices. Also, asparagus size varies. Therefore, the thicker the asparagus the less chance of overcooking them.
Further, when roasting the salmon and asparagus together as in this sheet-pan salmon asparagus, the oven temperature is a critical factor. At 450F/230C degrees the salmon cooks quickly with a slight golden color and the asparagus comes out perfectly al dente. Depending on the thickness of the salmon cook time ranges from 8 to 10 minutes. Noteworthy, when cooking fish, the safe internal temperature is 141F/61C degrees. However, salmon is one of the fish that can be eaten raw, rare, medium or well done, therefore the temperature below 141F degrees works.
Best ways to serve this ultimate sheet-pan roasted salmon asparagus.
As previously mentioned, this delicious sheet-pan roasted salmon asparagus can be served as a healthy light lunch. Make it a healthy dinner by adding a delicious meal served with a salad like quinoa chickpeas. Either way, the dish is high in protein, omega-3 fatty acids and fiber. Hope you enjoy this flavor packed deliciousness. Happy Cooking.
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Sheet-Pan Roasted Salmon Asparagus
This easy sheet-pan roasted salmon asparagus dish is so easy and delicious. It's a perfect lunch dish or serve for dinner in a quinoa bowl.
FOR THE SALMON
FOR THE ASPARAGUS
- 2 bunch asparagus organic – trim the top stalks to about 4 to 5 inches in length. (reserve the Botton stalks for making broth)
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes adjust for your taste bud
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil can use up to 2 tablespoons.
PREHHEAT OVER 450F/230C
SEASON THE SALMON:
Place the salmon portions on a sheet plan lined with parchment paper.
Drizzle with enough olive oil to coat the salmon thoroughly.
Mix the salt, freshly ground black pepper and cumin. Sprinkle the spice mix all over the salmon.
SEASON THE ASPARAGUS
Add the asparagus to a bowl. Drizzle with the olive oil. Add the red pepper flakes, salt and freshly ground black pepper. Mix to coat.
ADD ASPARAGUS TO SHEET PAN WITH SALMON AND COOK
Add the asparagus in a single layer, placing them all around the salmon.
Roast the salmon and asparagus in the preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes. Or until the salmon reaches your desired doneness.
Remove from the oven. Serve and enjoy.