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Easy Sheet Pan Dinner Recipes

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These easy sheet pan dinner recipes are so quick to bake up and clean up is a breeze! A complete meal cooked up on one sheet pan. You’ll add sheet pan dinners to your weekly dinner rotation for sure.

collage of easy sheet pan dinner recipes

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What Makes a Great Sheet Pan Dinner

The beauty of sheet pan dinner recipes is that everything cooks at the same time: your meat, vegetables, and even potatoes. This makes dinner prep a breeze and it’s also perfect for meal prep for the week.

It all starts with a good quality sheet pan. You don’t want to worry about your sheet pan warping under the high temperature we’ll be roasting, so you’ll want to make sure that you use a sheet pan that doesn’t flex easily.

The size of the sheet pan can depend on how many servings you are making. For 4-6 servings, I recommend a half-sheet pan. This gives plenty of room to fit everything and leave plenty of room for browning.

For less than 4 servings, you can use a quarter-sheet pan. It’s also a great size for smaller ovens.

unbaked chicken drumsticks and cut carrots and potatoes on sheet pan

Choosing a Protein

Roasting at a high temperature develops a perfect crisp skin on chicken and gives beautiful golden color to fish and other meats. Some options that are perfect for sheet pan dinners are:

  • Chicken: Bone-in chicken thighs or legs, boneless skinless chicken breast or thighs
  • Fish: salmon filet or steaks, cod, tilapia
  • Beef: flank steak cut in strips, ground beef
  • Pork: pork chops, pork tenderloin, or sausage
  • Tofu: firm or extra-firm tofu

From there, you can mix and match vegetables, spices, and even starches such as potatoes, gnocchi, or pierogies for a complete meal. If you’re practicing keto or low-carb, you can skip the starch option. It’s basically a choose your own adventure!

Tips for Cooking

  • Cut your vegetables in roughly the same size so that they cook evenly
  • Make sure to spread everything evenly and in a single layer on the pan so it all can brown rather than steam
  • Cook similar vegetables together like hardy carrots and potatoes or tender asparagus and broccoli
  • Line your sheet pan with aluminum foil for even quicker clean up and it will prevent any food from sticking to the pan
  • Double the recipe and cook two sheet pans at once for easy meal prep for the week

Even More Easy Dinner Recipes

Easy Sheet Pan Dinners

When it comes to a simple dinner to feed the family, easy sheet pan dinners can be a great go to meal everyone can enjoy.

With sheet pan dinners, you can easily make a filling and delicious dinner with little to no work. This is great for those busy weeknights when you don’t have a lot of time to stand over the stove and fix a big meal. Not to mention the are easy to cleanup which is always a plus!

These sheet pan dinners are easy to make and delicious. You only need a few ingredients to make them and you can clean them up in no time.

By on March 15th, 2021

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Hi, I'm Sarah. The voice behind Feast for a Fraction. I've been a penny-pincher all my life, but still have a taste for nice things. I'm here to show you that you can eat (and live) well on a budget. From recipes and DIY tips to ways to make extra money, we'll be in control of our budgets together!

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