The oven does all the work for you with these Quick & Easy Sheet Pan Dinners. These healthy dinner ideas are great for busy weeknights!
Benefits of sheet pan dinners
Here are some of the benefits of sheet pan dinners:
- Sheet pan dinners are easy, healthy meals that require no additional sides.
- Prep time is minimal (all you have to do is place your ingredients on the sheet pan) and the oven does most of the work.
- Cleanup is very easy because everything cooks together on one pan.
- The combinations are endless so they're great for using up any leftover meat or produce you have on hand.
How to make sheet pan dinners
Here's my foolproof formula for making sheet pan dinners:
- Choose your protein. Just about any type of protein imaginable can be used in sheet pan dinners! Chicken, beef, pork, and shrimp are very popular. If you're looking for plant-based proteins, you can try tofu or canned chickpeas. All of these options work with a variety of veggies and sauces.
- Choose your vegetables. Once you've got a protein picked, fill up the rest of your sheet pan with vegetables. I love using whatever I have on hand in the fridge. Broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, potatoes, bell peppers…seriously, anything goes! One thing to keep an eye on is varying cook times for different veggies but other than that, you can make anything work.
- Make an easy marinade. Finish off the meal by pouring on a homemade marinade before popping your sheet pan in the over. I typically combine pantry staples together, like a flavoured oil with a type of acid (vinegar, lemon juice, etc.) and a third ingredient such as garlic and/or dijon mustard. Need more inspiration? Check out these easy chicken marinades for some great ideas!
Beef & Pork Sheet Pan Recipes
These sheet pan meals range from steak to sausage to pork tenderloin and stir fry beef – they are so versatile and a great way to use up those cuts of meat that you would otherwise use for a roast. And unlike a roast dinner, these recipes only take 30 minutes in the oven!
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Vegetarian and Seafood Sheet Pan Recipes
Below you'll find my fave seafood and vegetarian recipes that can be cooked on a sheet pan. You can cook all kinds of fish including salmon on a sheet pan, as well as shellfish like shrimp. I also love to do vegetarian sheet pan dinners with crispy chickpeas and root vegetables!
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Cooking Chicken on a Sheet Pan
If you're looking to cook chicken alone on a sheet pan instead of adding all the veggies and sauce altogether at once, I've got a super handy guide on how to make the BEST baked chicken breast – and I've even included 6 marinades and spice rub ideas!
Below you'll also find a TON of sheet pan chicken recipes – they are by far the easiest when it comes to sheet pan dinners and you just can't ever go wrong with chicken!
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Sheet pan dinners are super easy to make and comes down to three basics: a protein, a vegetable and a sauce or flavouring. Stick everything on a sheet pan then stick it in the oven until cooked through!
The total cooking time varies for each recipes, but sheet pan dinners typically come together in about 20 minutes.
Nope! No need to cover the sheet pan in tinfoil, just add everything to the pan and place it in the oven uncovered.
I recommend using a half-sheet pan for these sheet pan dinners which is 13″ x 18″. This size allows you to cook a meal for a family of four on one pan.
Yes, you can! You can roast frozen vegetables in the oven without needing to thaw them first. Keep in mind they will take extra time to cook and the texture may be different than what it'd be if you cooked fresh vegetables.
25+ Quick & Easy Sheet Pan Dinners
- 1/4 cup marinade of choice
- 1 lb protein of choice
- 2 cups vegetables of choice
- Add all ingredients to a parchment-lined sheet pan, then bake for 20 minutes or so (specific instructions will vary per recipe linked above).