Need a quick and easy one-pan dish that is so pretty you could serve it up on Christmas day or any other special occasion? Look no further than this sheet pan salmon and veggies recipe that loads up the tray with sweet potatoes, red bell peppers, brussels sprouts, broccoli, and salmon. Topped off with a simple but delicious maple garlic glaze, and a sprinkle of fresh pomegranate, this is one easy dinner that will be on repeat at your house on busy weeknights.
Sheet pan dinners make for a complete meal, and it's even better when they double as a healthy dinner. Try this One Pan Lemon Parmesan Chicken with Garlic Butter Veggies next, for another great meal made using minimal ingredients.
Maple Glazed Sheet Pan Salmon and Veggies
If you are in need of a SUPER simple yet delicious dinner recipe, then you have come to the right place.
This salmon and veggies sheet pan meal is so easy to make and tastes incredible without the need for much effort on your behalf!
You are going to need only a handful of healthy ingredients:
- Salmon fillets: There are many different types of salmon. Personally, I prefer a wild salmon over farmed, but you do you;
- Bell peppers: I used a red bell pepper here, as that is something I always have on hand and I love the pop of color, but feel free to use whatever color you prefer, or why not mix it up and try a mixture;
- Brussels sprouts: I buy these loose from the supermarket, or if you are in a pinch you can always grab the pre-trimmed brussels sprouts from the cold section;
- Sweet potatoes: I used an orange sweet potato as that is what is readily available through my farm box, but if you prefer a white sweet potato, go for it;
- Broccoli florets: aim for equal-sized broccoli florets so they cook at an even pace;
- Maple syrup: try to use 100% maple syrup, not a maple-flavored syrup, the flavor is far superior, and the ingredients are purer;
- Garlic: fresh is best, but feel free to use the prepared stuff or garlic powder if that is what you have (just be mindful of the ingredients and the difference in flavor);
- Lemon juice: again fresh is best, but feel free to use the bottled stuff if that is all you have, or if fresh lemons are not available;
- Salt and black pepper: to season.
You can absolutely switch the veggies out for whatever is in season, or whatever you have in the fridge, but please be mindful of the varied cooking times.
I.e. you can swap the sweet potatoes for butternut squash, or the broccoli for cauliflower as they have similar cooking times.
How To Make Sheet Pan Salmon and Veggies
This is a super simple recipe to whip up, which makes it just perfect for enjoying in the middle of a busy week.
Save time by having all of your veggies prepped and ready to go.
There are a couple of easy steps to follow for the perfect sheet pan salmon dinner:
- Using a small bowl, whip up the maple and garlic glaze;
- In a medium bowl mix the sweet potato and brussels sprouts and drizzle with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and spread the veggies evenly on to some parchment paper lining a sheetpan;
- Pop into the oven for about 15 minutes;
- Using the same large bowl (we are always aiming for less dishes and an easy clean-up around here) we are going to add the salmon and broccoli and coat with half of the maple drizzle;
- Move the par-cooked veggies to the side and add the salmon and broccoli;
- Pour over the remaining drizzle and throw the dish back into the oven for 10-15 minutes (this is really going to depend on the thickness of your salmon fillets, so start with 10 minutes, check and either pull out, or pop back into the oven until the salmon is cooked through).
Now For Serving
I like to make this a little fancy and garnish it with some chopped green onions and pomegranate seeds (when they are in season).
Tip: when pomegranates are in season, buy a couple of extras, de-seed, and freeze for use as a garnish later in the year when it is no longer in season.
Salmon cooks differently depending on how thick the cut is, so if you have a huge chunk of salmon you may need to add some cooking time.
You know the salmon is ready when it reaches an internal temperature of 165F, and easily flakes apart with a fork as in the photo below.
Meal Prep, Storing, and Freezing Tips
With some easy prep work, this meal can become a meal planning star.
Tip: Although I am a firm believer in fresh being the best, to save some time, you can always buy some pre-trimmed brussels sprouts from the store.
To meal prep, you can have all of the veggies washed and prepared ahead of time and stored in an airtight container in the fridge.
This can be done up to 3 days in advance.
You can also add the salmon filets and chopped broccoli to a Ziploc bag or glass container with a lid and have it marinating in the maple syrup dressing up to 24 hours in advance.
How To Store Leftovers
Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
This will work perfectly served cold for lunch tomorrow or the next day!
Can This Be Frozen
Leftovers salmon and veggies do not thaw well after being frozen, so I would not recommend freezing.
Tips, Tricks, and Substitutions
As mentioned above, you can easily substitute the vegetables used with whatever you prefer, or whatever you have on hand.
Some veggies that go really well with this sheet pan dinner are green beans, asparagus, baby potatoes, red onions chopped into wedges, and chopped butternut squash.
Remember if you are subbing out one vegetable for another, choose something that cooks in a similar amount of time.
Now, I give you the 'basic' version of this perfect weeknight meal, using minimal ingredients, but to make this recipe a little bit different you could try these variations:
- adding whole garlic cloves to the sheet pan if you like a good garlic punch;
- add lemon slices to the top of the salmon before popping into the oven;
- add a sprinkle of chili flakes or cayenne pepper to the dressing;
- add a squeeze of lime juice just before serving;
- add a sprinkle of lemon zest to the dressing;
- add a sprinkle of fresh herbs for serving;
- add a sprinkle of sesame seeds for serving.
There are so many ways to change this meal up, you do you.
What To Serve With Sheet Pan Salmon and Veggies
Sprinkle on some chopped green onions and pomegranate arils and you have the perfect salmon sheet pan dinner without the need for anything else.
However, if you like your carbs, or feel the need for something extra to go with the salmon and veggies, then you might want to serve your meal up with:
- steamed rice: white, wild, or brown rice;
- cooked quinoa;
- a simple green salad or fancy it up with a wedge salad.
Leftovers are perfect in a lunch wrap the next day!
Need More Simple But Delicious Salmon Recipes For A Busy Week?
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I happen to be the (self-professed) queen of the best salmon recipes, so check these out next:
- Easy Poached Salmon Quinoa Cakes;
- 4 Ingredient Easy Teriyaki Salmon;
- 6 Ingredient Teriyaki Salmon Rice Bowl with Avocado and Pickled Radish;
- Lightened Up Sundried Tomato and Salmon Alfredo Pasta Bake;
- Salmon Burgers with Avocado Salsa from Cooktoria.
Maple Glazed Sheet Pan Salmon and Veggies
- 1 large sweet potato peeled and cut into thin wedges
- 1 cup Brussels sprots trimmed and halved
- 2 tablespoons olive oil divided
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 4 salmon fillets (skin-on)
- 1 cup broccoli florets
- 1 red bell pepper cut into strips
- chopped green onions and pomegranate arils for serving
- Pre-heat oven to 400°F (205°C) and spray a sheet pan with cooking spray or line with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, mix the sweet potato wedges and Brussels sprouts with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Spread in a single layer on the sheet pan and bake for 15 mins.
- In a small bowl, mix the maple syrup, olive oil, lime juice, garlic, salt and pepper to make the glaze.
- In the same large bowl that you used for the sweet potato, put the salmon, broccoli, and red bell pepper and pour over half of the maple glaze. Toss to completely coat.
- Remove the par-cooked vegetables (sweet potato mix) from the oven and use a spatula to move them to the side of the sheet pan. Add the salmon and broccoli mix to the centre of the sheet.
- Pour over the rest of the maple glaze.
- Return the sheet pan to the oven and bake for another 10-15 mins, or until the salmon flakes easily. A thermometer inserted into the centre of the salmon should register 145°F (63°C).
- Serve hot garnished with chopped green onions, pomegranate seeds etc.
The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.