And I’m back with more super simple + super tasty meals!!
I figured you guys might be pretty excited for another one pan, crazy easy meal. I mean, I know I am! Let’s be honest, even me, who loves cooking gets totally tired. There are plenty of days and nights when the thought of dirtying a gazillion dishes makes me just want to run and hide under my cozy, awesome, completely heaven-like covers (yes, I REALLY LOVE my bed).
Dishes are my worst enemy, I really dislike them, I somehow seem to make the most giant mess when I cook. Ask anyone that walks through my house between the hours of 9am and 5pm and they will agree, my kitchen is a disaster…let me rephrase that, my kitchen and me. Basically the only clean and tidy thing in site is the plate of food I am shooting. Everything around me looks like a giant bomb went off.
Thank God for my awesome dad who has been my right hand man lately and helps with everything and anything I could possibly need. Why are dad’s the best?? I feel so lucky to live so close to my family. I keep saying I need to move to southern California, where there are farmer’s markets year round and the temps typically never dip below 60 degrees, but I dunno if I could do it. Truth is, I am all about family and this probably sounds totally lame, but right now, life would be pretty hard without them. I used to be the type of person that was too stubborn to ask for help, but umm, life got super busy and I got to the point where I realized I can’t do it all. SOOO, let me tell you, help is a GOOD thing. You can’t get where you want to go without a little help. <–life lessons.
Also, if I moved to Cali, I guess I could say that I have my brother Kai there, but he’ll be the first to tell you, he’ll probably be of little to no help at all…unless there’s a lot of moola involved. <–brothers.
But back to this recipe.
On the days and nights when everything just seems all too much, this is my go-to. If I am cooking for the family, which I almost always am, I make one pan with salmon and the other pan with chicken. Salmon for the fish people, chicken for the picky eaters.
This has quickly become a weekly meal for us. It’s SO super simple and the flavors are spot on. Lemon, salmon, potatoes, asparagus, parmesan and fresh herbs… all the good things. 🙂
Here’s how this one pan lemon salmon works – start off with the potatoes. I like to put them in a little before the salmon because I like my potatoes super crisp on the outside and super soft on the inside. I’ve found that the salmon gets overcooked before the potatoes are ready if you add everything all at once. So potatoes go in first! While those are cooking, I mix together the sauce/spice mixture for the salmon. It’s basically like a blackened salmon rub, a little chili powder, paprika and tons of lemon zest. Once the potatoes have cooked a bit, you then add the salmon and asparagus. I had plenty of room on one pan for the salmon, potatoes and asparagus, but if for some reason you have, like a ton of potatoes (which I can understand, the potatoes are my fav), then you might need to separate everything between two pans. Kind of defeats the whole one pan thing though. Like I said, I got mine all on one pan, so you should be good to go!
Okay, so you have the salmon on the pan, then just rub on the spices, add the asparagus, toss them with the potatoes, sprinkle on some parmesan…or a lot parmesan, add some lemon slices and roast.
Simple as that!
You have a complete, all-in-ONE, done in under forty-five minutes meal. Man, we are just KILLIN it this Wednesday. 🙂
I also like to make a quick basil chimichurri while everything is cooking to drizzle over the salmon and potatoes. I think it’s just the right finishing touch, but it’s definitely not a must. With the chimichurri your dish count comes to a grand total of three, plus maybe a spoon or fork and a spatula. I’d say that’s still pretty dang good though.
If only all meals could be this simple… and be made with as few dishes.
VERY RANDOM SIDE NOTE: I feel like I should have talked about the Oscars by now, but I didn’t even get to watch them. Anything good happen? I heard Leo finally won, but umm, don’t hate me, I’m not really a huge Leo fan. I know, what?!? I dunno, maybe he is not really my era?!
And in true Gerard family fashion we like to just dig in…
One Pan Lemon Salmon, Roasted Potatoes and Parmesan Asparagus.
- 1 pound baby potatoes halved if large
- 1/4 cup olive oil divided
- salt + pepper to taste
- 1 pounds skin on salmon
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 2 cloves garlic minced or grated
- 1 tablespoon each: dried parsley thyme + oregano
- 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
- 1/2 cup fresh basil chopped
- 3 lemons - zest of 2 lemons + 1 sliced for cooking
- 1 bunch asparagus ends trimmed
- 1/2 cup fresh grated parmesan
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 1 cup fresh basil
- 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
- 1 clove of garlic
- pinch of crushed red pepper
- salt to taste
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
On a large rimmed baking sheet, combine the potatoes, 2 tablespoons olive oil and salt + pepper. Toss well to evenly coat the potatoes. Place in the oven and roast for 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, combine 2 tablespoons olive oil, the honey, garlic, parsley, thyme, oregano, paprika, cayenne, basil and lemon zest in a bowl.
After 15 minutes, remove the potatoes from the oven. Add the salmon to the center of the pan (if the salmon is large, cut it into smaller portions). Rub the spice mixture onto the salmon, making sure the salmon is well coated (you may not need all of the spice mixture).
Add the asparagus to the pan and toss with the potatoes. Sprinkle both the asparagus and potatoes with parmesan. Scatter lemon slices all around the pan and on the salmon.
Place in the oven and roast for 10-20 minutes or until the salmon has reached your desired doneness.
To serve, remove the skin from the salmon and cut into 4 pieces. Serve with potatoes + asparagus and the basil chimichurri.
Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor and pulse until combined and pesto like. Pour into a bowl or glass jar.
Plates?? Nah, those would be for civilized human beings… aka NOT us.