Sheet-Pan Cajun Salmon
This full sheet-pan dinner, ready in 30 minutes, couldn’t be any smarter or easier. Here, salmon, potatoes and asparagus are all added to the same tray at different points for a one-pan meal that makes cleanup seamless. A marinade infused with Cajun seasoning and paprika infuses the salmon, adding smokiness and some color. The bite in the asparagus plays off the flaky tenderness of the salmon, and the baby potatoes round it out. This meal stands on its own, but you could also put the leftovers over lettuce for a lunch salad the next day.
- Serves: 4 persons
- 4(8-ounce) skin-on salmon fillets, pin bones removed
- 4tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1teaspoon Cajun seasoning
- 1teaspoon smoked paprika
- Kosher salt and black pepper
- 1pound baby potatoes
- 1pound thick asparagus stalks, trimmed (see Tip)
- 2garlic cloves, chopped
Step 1Heat oven to 425 degrees. Place salmon on a plate, skin side up. Using a sharp knife, make a cut into the skin about 1/8-inch deep, in 3 different places, making sure not to cut all the way through the flesh. In a medium bowl, mix together 2 tablespoons olive oil with the Cajun seasoning, paprika and 1 teaspoon salt. Pour over the salmon to coat it on both sides and set aside to marinate.
Step 2To a rimmed sheet pan, add potatoes, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 teaspoon salt, and pepper to taste. Toss to coat and roast for about 15 minutes until tender. (Larger potatoes may take longer.)
Step 3As potatoes roast, toss the asparagus with the garlic, the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, 1 teaspoon salt, and pepper to taste.
Step 4Move the potatoes to one end of the pan and place salmon skin side up next to them. Add asparagus in an even layer to the other end of the pan, and roast everything together for 10 to 13 minutes, until the asparagus is tender and the salmon is cooked to taste. If you’d like the skin to be crispy, you can transfer the vegetables from the pan to a serving platter and pop the fish under the broiler for 1 to 2 minutes. Serve hot.