Fish in a Flash

by Nov 30, 2021North Brunswick, Recipes

Salmon, bok choy and shiitake mushrooms come together in an easy sheet pan meal.

Do you know about sheet pan dinners? If not, listen up because they’re a quick, easy and efficient way to put a healthy meal on the table — one pan to cook and one pan to clean.

For years, I’ve seen recipes for sheet pan meals on cooking shows or on the internet. The meat and vegetables roast together on one pan, and I was drawn to the promises of quick prep and easy cleanup almost as much I was to the layered, caramelized flavors and colors.

To get these same results I knew I needed a new sheet pan. I have an extensive collection of various smaller-sized pans that were handed down from my mother and my mother-in-law, most of which are flimsy cookie sheet types that are warped or have something baked into them that I have never been able to scrub off. I finally splurged on a large, heavy-duty, nonstick, restaurant-quality sheet pan. It was a bit of an investment but totally worth it.

I had seen a cooking show episode with an Asian-inspired salmon alongside bok choy and shiitake mushrooms and decided to put my new purchase to the test. Bok choy, shiitake mushrooms, carrots and green onions are a delightful combination and roast well together. I whipped up a marinade using white miso, sake, honey, chili flakes, ginger and garlic with sesame oil and soy sauce. If you don’t like spicy flavors, you can omit the chili flakes.

I enjoy cooking with miso, which is made from fermented soybeans and often appears in Asian soups, salad dressings and sauces. I would describe it as having a sweet and mild flavor. Incorporating this ingredient in the marinade helps to coat the meat. Many Asian dishes also use sake, just like Americans use wine for cooking. Sake is great for meat and fish marinades because it tenderizes and removes any fishy smell.

I toyed with a few other ingredients, but the ginger, garlic, honey, soy sauce and sesame oil created the perfect char, and the aroma brought the entire family around the table.

If you are looking for an easy one-dish Asian-inspired meal, then you should definitely give this recipe a try. Just be sure to have a good sheet pan — if not, this is your reason to buy a new one.

Photography by James Stefiuk

Print Recipe
Sheet Pan Salmon
Salmon, bok choy and shiitake mushrooms come together in an easy sheet pan meal.
Sheet Pan Salmon
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Seafood, sheet pan
Servings
People
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Seafood, sheet pan
Servings
People
Ingredients
Sheet Pan Salmon
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together miso, sake, honey, chili flakes, ginger, garlic, sesame oil and soy sauce. Reserve 2 tablespoons to use later.
  2. Place salmon fillet in a large bag and pour the mixture into the bag. Seal and gently shake to coat the fish. Refrigerate for a minimum of 8 hours, preferably overnight.
  3. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  4. Arrange bok choy, mushrooms and carrots on a large sheet pan, lining each vegetable next to each other. Drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper and gently toss each vegetable in its row to coat. Pour reserved marinade over the vegetables.
  5. Remove salmon from the marinade and place fish skin-side down on the pan next to the vegetables.
  6. Roast 10 to 12 minutes. If the vegetables are not chopped small enough, they may need more time, just move the fish to a plate and return the pan back in the oven until vegetables reach desired doneness.
  7. Garnish with green onions and toasted sesame seeds.

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