4 Tips for Sheet Pan Dinner Success

You may be looking to incorporate sheet pan dinners into your weekly menu. It seems simple enough: throw some food on a sheet pan and bake away! But there are actually a few time-saving (and food saving) tips that will help ensure sheet pan dinner success every time. #sheetpandinners #sheetpanrecipes 

Sheet Pan Dinner Success

Sheet pan meals are wonderful, in my opinion… just “one and done” when you’re talking about dishes that have to be washed following dinner. Whoop! Whoop! That’s a BIG reason to celebrate! And, sheet pan dinners are pretty hands-off… your meal is just a few steps from done. You can easily orchestrate a wholesome and flavorful meal without much fuss at all.

First of all, you’ll need a good, sturdy, large sheet pan. I like using something like this! Your sheet pan should be big enough to hold food for your whole family to have a serving or two. If you have two smaller sheet pans, divide your ingredients evenly among them for even cooking. Now that you’ve got your pan, here are a few top cooking tips that will help you succeed every time:

1. Preheat! Preheat! Preheat!

4 Tips for Sheet Pan Dinner Success

If you’re looking for ways to speed up your sheet pan meal, always preheat your sheet pan in the oven for a few minutes before adding any ingredients. This helps your food cook faster and more evenly, too!

2. Crank up the Heat for Sheet Pans, Baby!

4 Tips for Sheet Pan Dinner SuccessAnd, secondly, crank up that oven! I like to heat my oven up to 450 degrees for giving my sheet pan meals a good boost of heat right off the bat. After about 5 minutes, I reduce the heat to what my recipes call for, which is usually 400 – 425 degrees F.

3. Remember Your Sheet Pan Pals

Chicwrap Foil

I love Chicwrap Aluminum Foil and Plastic Wrap. Their dispensers are SO easy to use. Love Love LOVE IT! (and, uh…. super cute, too!)

Aluminum foil and parchment paper are your friends! Covering your sheet pans with either of these mediums definitely makes clean-up easier and quicker. If you’re broiling, make sure to opt for foil as parchment paper will likely catch fire under the broiler.

4. Don’t be Shy to Experiment with Sheet Pan Dinners

All you need to remember when creating sheet pan dinners is to pair quick-cooking ingredients, such as thinner chicken cutlets and fish, with other quick-cooking ingredients, such as zucchini, grape tomatoes, asparagus, etc. Whereas thick chicken breasts and pork chops that take longer could be paired with roasted garlic potatoes since both require a little more cooking time.

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Let’s Get You Cookin’ Sheet Pan Dinners!

Now that you’ve nailed down your steps to a successful Sheet Pan Dinner, it’s time to get cookin’!!! I would highly recommend starting with this fragrant beauty: Sheet Pan Sausage, Apple, and Rosemary Dinner 

Or if you love fish, nothing beats this twenty-minute baked swai recipe! Easy. Healthy. And virtually zero cleanup!
20-Minute Roasted Swai, Tater, and Veggie Sheet Pan Meal

I hope these tips help with your favorite sheet pan recipes, or if you’re just trying out sheet pan meals!

Let’s Get You Cookin’,
Chef Alli

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Chef Alli

Chef Alli is a home-grown Kansas girl on a mission to strengthen families through enabling kitchen confidence, educating the family cook, and encouraging better food relationships. She believes with her whole heart that time spent with our loved ones and our overall quality of life is greatly enhanced by nutritious food made at home with simple, wholesome ingredients. She loves being able to connect and share this passion with others through her website, her social media presence, and her coveted speaking engagements.

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