Sheet Pan Lemon Brown Butter Salmon and Potatoes with Parmesan Asparagus.
Sheet Pan Lemon Brown Butter Salmon and Potatoes with Parmesan Asparagus…a flavorful update to the classic salmon dinner. And all made together on one sheet pan! Baby potatoes roasted alongside blackened salmon with a simple lemon brown butter glaze. Top the dish with a vibrant herb salad for a pretty pop of color. It’s buttery, colorful, healthy, and beyond delicious. Perfect for upcoming Easter dinner or any night of the week…delicious no matter when you serve it!
With Easter this weekend, salmon feels like the perfect recipe to be sharing. Something about Easter always reminds me of salmon, potatoes, and asparagus. I guess it’s because it’s often what my grandma would serve when we visited them in Florida over our Easter break.
It always brings back memories of my Nonnie.
And like my Nonnie, when it comes to entertaining, I love to keep things very simple and as easy as can be. She was the queen of simple entertaining and this sheet pan-style dinner is actually one she taught me.
She’d always roast the salmon right alongside the asparagus, so I’m taking a cue from her today!
Here are the details…
I like to start roasting the potatoes before the salmon is added to the pan to ensure that they have enough time in the oven to fully cook. I keep the potatoes simple and just toss them with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
Roast the potatoes in the oven until they start to soften. That’s part one.
While the potatoes get a head start cooking, rub the salmon with a little a bit of cajun seasoning and lemon zest. Pull the potatoes out of the oven, slide them to one side of the pan, and add the salmon to the other side.
Now add the asparagus and toss with the parmesan.
Put the pan back into the oven and roast until the salmon reaches your preferred doneness. For me, it’s usually about ten or so minutes.
While everything is roasting, you can start working on the herb salad and brown butter. For the salad, it’s simply arugula, fresh herbs, lemon, and a bit of red wine vinegar.
And for the brown butter? Butter and lemon, but it’s browning the butter that’s key. Browning the butter adds a nutty richness to the salmon that feels very special and tastes delicious.
Finishing it up…
Once the salmon is finished I simply leave it on the sheet pan, drizzle it with the browned butter, then top everything with the seasoned herb salad.
Then spoon the dressing over the salmon and cheese, and serve with the potatoes on the side. And that’s it. It’s not hard or time-consuming but leaves you with a complete all-in-one dinner…and a pretty healthy one too!
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Lemon Brown Butter Salmon and Potatoes with Parmesan Asparagus
Sheet Pan Lemon Brown Butter Salmon and Potatoes with Parmesan Asparagus...a flavorful update to the classic salmon dinner...all on one pan!
- 1 pound baby potatoes, halved
- 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- kosher salt and black pepper
- 1 - 1 1/2 pounds salmon filet
- 2 tablespoons cajun seasoning
- 1 tablespoon lemon zest plus 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
- 1 cup arugula
- 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, roughly torn
- 1/4 cup fresh dill, roughly torn
- 1 bunch asparagus, ends trimmed
- 1/2 cup grated parmesan
- 4 tablespoons salted butter
1. Preheat oven to 425° F. On a large baking sheet, combine the potatoes, 2 tablespoons olive oil, and a pinch each of salt and pepper. Toss well to coat. Bake for 15 minutes.
2. Remove the potatoes from the oven. Add the salmon to the center of the pan (if the salmon is large, cut it into smaller portions). Rub 1 tablespoon olive oil and the cajun seasoning. Add the asparagus to the pan and toss with the parmesan. Bake everything together for 10-15 minutes or until the salmon has reached your desired doneness.
3. In a bowl, whisk together the lemon zest, red wine vinegar, and 1 tablespoon olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Add the arugula, basil, dill, and a pinch of chili flakes. Toss to combine.
4. Add the butter to a medium pot set over medium heat. Allow the butter to brown, until it smells toasted, about 2-3 minutes. Stir often. Remove from the heat and stir in 1 tablespoon lemon juice.
5. Serve the salmon, potatoes, and asparagus together with the arugula salad on top. Drizzle the brown butter over the salmon.
Homemade Cajun Seasoning: mix 2 1/2 tablespoons smoked paprika, 2 tablespoons garlic powder, 1 tablespoon onion powder, 1 tablespoon dried oregano, 1 tablespoon dried thyme, 1 tablespoon chili powder, 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper, 1 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt, and 1 tablespoon black pepper. Makes 3/4 cup.
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