Sheet Pan Crispy Salmon is a fast, easy and healthy weeknight meal. Prep this sheet pan meal in just 5 minutes using tomatoes, asparagus and a crispy panko and walnut topping for you salmon.
Sheet pan meals are all the rage right now and I totally understand why. Simple prep and simple clean-up make this concept ideal for busy families every place. But I find so many of the one dish meals and sheet pan meals are chicken. I like chicken, but I need some variety, so I transformed one of my favorite salmon recipes into Sheet Pan Crispy Salmon.
This was a recipe a used back in the day when I was all fit and going to the gym every night, surely a thing of the past. Panko, Japanese bread crumbs, combined with chopped walnuts complements the gentle flavor of salmon without being overwhelming. Cooked on a bed of thinly sliced lemon, they don’t dry out while cooking (unless you severely overcook them)!
After adding another favorite easy side dish recipe, Asiago Asparagus and some cherry tomatoes, I had a well rounded meal. Although I have to admit, I generally make couscous or rice on the side, I’ll include those recipes below.
One thing to note about salmon is that people tend to overcook it. There is a general fear about undercooking seafood that often leaves the home cook intimidated or not liking their creation because it doesn’t taste restaurant quality. The simple solution is to stop over cooking! The FDA recommends an internal temperture of 145 degrees, but that is for well done and salmon can be eaten medium rare, as it is generally prepared in restaurants.
For this, you only need to get it to 120 degrees. Salmon can also be treated like other pieces of meat, removed from the oven a few minutes before being fully cooked, covered loosely and allowed to rest. Although, with this crispy topping, I would refrain from covering, as it will create steam and make that topping mushy. Also of note, we eat salmon raw all the time! If you purchased from a reputable grocery or seafood market and handled it properly, your crime will never be undercooking, only overcooking.
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If you need a little more in belly other than my Sheet Pan Crispy Salmon, check out these easy side dish recipes and scroll on down for even more salmon recipe ideas.