Oven roasted one-pan salmon topped with fresh basil oil served alongside baby potatoes roasted in honey and jalapenos. This makes for a quick weeknight dinner that’s fresh and healthy. Everything is served from a single tray leaving you with little cleanup.
Making fish for dinner is an easy way to reduce the cook time and level of effort. It’s easy to prepare and can be cooked in the oven fairly quickly. The only downside with fish we would say is that it can be something of a luxury more so when buying fresh fish. A nice piece can cost around $30 and for us it isn’t something we can spend our money on weekly. But flexing fish into your diet once in a while has added health benefits. We are lovers of the Mediterranean diet and are mostly vegetable and plant-based but from time to time we enjoy flexing in fish to mix things up.
That being said, when we want to eat fresh seafood we want it done properly and enjoy something that’s flavourful, melts in your mouth and served with delicious sides.
The first step for making this sheet pan dinner is to start with the potatoes. Since they take the longest to roast, you want them in the oven first while you work on getting the other ingredients ready. That way when the potatoes have reached their initial cook time you’re ready to throw in the salmon. Be sure to arrange everything in a single layer to allow everything to evenly cook. Be sure to place the salmon pieces skin side down and arrange thin slices of citrus wheels over the salmon to allow the flavours of the citrus to infused into the pieces of fish while they cook. It adds a nice touch of sweetness and makes for a beautiful arrangement on top. It gives the dish a beautiful pop of colour.
Lastly, once the salmon pieces are cooked and removed from the oven served them drizzled with the basil oil. If serving with a side of vegetables they can be added to the same dish just be sure to account for the space and use a bigger pan. Longer cooking vegetables should be added with the potatoes such as beets and squashes. Beans, peppers, onions can be added at the same time as the salmon.
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1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Combine 2 tablespoons of oil, honey, and jalapeno slices in a bowl and mix to combine, On a baking sheet or oven safe dish toss the potatoes with the mixture until evenly distributed and season with salt and pepper. Roast for 20 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, to make the salmon: rub each fillet with a bit of olive oil, season with salt and pepper and top with orange wheels. Once the potatoes have cooked for 20 minutes, remove the pan from the oven and push them to the side making space for the salmon. Be sure to flip the potatoes at this point. Arrange the fillets in a single layer around the pan. Roast for 20 minutes until the salmon is light pink and tender to the touch.
3. To make the basil oil: combine chopped basil and remaining olive oil in a small bowl. Set aside and drizzle overtop the salmon once ready to serve.