15 Easy Sheet Pan Recipes You Can Make in Less Than an Hour

Sheet pan flank steak with tomatoes

 Hola Jalapeño

The sheet pan (also known as a baking sheet), is a humble kitchen essential that has been considered a cooking staple for decades. It seems to have gone under the radar, though in recent years, it's as if recipes can't be written without them.

It might look basic, but sheet pan recipes are the ultimate lazy-day solution. Most involve tossing fresh ingredients on the metal pan, seasoning with spices from cumin to cayenne and oils, then leaving in the oven to roast. To make it even easier, using one dish minimizes cleanup, and the majority of recipes offer a nutritionally balanced mix of vegetables and protein. New to the trend? Try one of these 15 easy sheet pan recipes below—and most take less than 45 minutes to prepare. And for context, cook time refers to total hands-on time to prep ingredients, as well as oven time (which takes up the majority of cook time).

Here are our picks for the best sheet pan recipes to whip up tonight.

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Sheet Pan Cuban Chicken With Citrus Avocado Salsa

Sheet pan Cuban chicken with citrus avocado salsa

Half Baked Harvest

The Recipe: Sheet Pan Cuban Chicken With Citrus Avocado Salsa by Half Baked Harvest

The Hero Flavor: Salsa steals the show—avocado, orange, and fresh cilantro balance out this hearty dish. 

Pro Tip: Make sure to toss ingredients halfway through cooking to ensure chicken and vegetables are evenly roasted. 

Cook Time: 55 minutes

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Sheet Pan Poblano Chicken Fajitas

Sheet pan poblano chicken fajitas

Half Baked Harvest

The Recipe: Sheet Pan Poblano Chicken Fajitas by Half Baked Harvest

The Hero Flavor: A medley of spices makes this chicken dish one to remember. Chili powder, cumin, and smoked paprika are the ultimate flavor kick. 

Pro Tip: Top fajitas with diced mango or pineapple for a sweet twist. 

Cook Time: 30 minutes

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Old Bay Shrimp and Sausage Sheet Pan Dinner

Old Bay shrimp and sausage sheet pan dinner

The Modern Proper

The Recipe: Old Bay Shrimp and Sausage Sheet Pan Dinner by The Modern Proper

The Hero Flavor: Old Bay seasoning, a combination of celery salt, black pepper, crushed red pepper flakes, and paprika. "Somehow that winning combo gets me everytime [sic] and if you’ve yet to try it, now is your chance to start using it on everything," says the recipe creators at The Modern Proper. 

Pro Tip: You can customize this recipe with different flavored sausage or seasonings to make it your own. 

Cook Time: 25 minutes

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Sheet Pan Harissa Chicken With Chickpeas and Sweet Potato

Sheet pan harissa chicken with chickpeas and sweet potato

Half Baked Harvest

The Recipe: Sheet Pan Harissa Chicken With Chickpeas and Sweet Potato by Half Baked Harvest

The Hero Flavor: Harissa seasoning really sets this sheet pan recipe apart. Sweet potato adds a bit of sweetness, while olives and crumbled feta add salt.

Pro Tip: Top with greek yogurt, and mint or cilantro to finish. 

Cook Time: 55 minutes

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Sheet Pan Olive Bar Chicken

Sheet pan olive bar chicken

The Modern Proper

The Recipe: Sheet Pan Olive Bar Chicken by The Modern Proper

The Hero Flavor: Olives. This recipe utilizes all the ingredients found at the olive bar of your local supermarket, so go wild and choose any assortment you like. 

Pro Tip: Drizzle chicken liberally with olive oil—otherwise, it'll dry out in the oven. 

Cook Time: 55 minutes

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Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas

Sheet pan chicken fajitas

The Modern Proper

The Recipe: Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas by The Modern Proper

The Hero Flavor: Peppers are a must—not only do they balance the the dish's flavor and texture, they also add a burst of color. 

Pro Tip: "Using this fajita chicken and peppers mixture in a salad is also a great way to use up leftovers," says the foodie behind this dish, Natalie Mortimer. "It's healthy and tastes great (which is why I almost always make a double batch)!"

Cook Time: 25 minutes (although, allow up to 1 hour to marinate chicken)

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Plant-Based Sheet Pan Dinner

Easy plant-based sheet pan dinner

A Couple Cooks 

The Recipe: Plant-Based Sheet Pan Dinner by A Couple Cooks

The Hero Flavor: Old Bay and Italian seasoning, as well as a squeeze of lemon ensure roasted vegetables like broccoli, chickpeas, and sweet potatoes have depth.

Pro Tip: Serve over rice, quinoa, or lentils, and dress it up with sour cream, hummus, or cashew cream.

Cook Time: 45 minutes

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Sheet Pan Szechuan Chicken and Brussels Sprouts

Szechuan chicken with Brussels sprouts

Feasting at Home 

The Recipe: Sheet Pan Szechuan Chicken and Brussels Sprouts by Feasting at Home

The Hero Flavor: The dominating flavor profile of this one-pan chicken (or tofu) dish is subtly sweet, spicy, and garlicky. Marinate protein in rice vinegar, garlic, honey or maple syrup, and sesame oil before preparing Brussels sprouts and popping everything in the oven for 30 minutes.

Pro Tip: Check in on your one-pan dish at the 20 minute mark, rotating items as needed and to spoon juices over protein.

Cook Time: 50 minutes

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Sheet Pan Flank Steak With Tomatoes and Shallots

Sheet pan flank steak

Hola Jalapeño 

The Recipe: Sheet Pan Flank Steak With Tomatoes and Shallots by Hola Jalapeño

The Hero Flavor: Well-seasoned flank steak gets an extra hit of umami when roasted on the same sheet pan with sweet cherry tomatoes. Just add thinly sliced shallots and pop the tray in the oven for 25 minutes.

Pro Tip: Slice flank steak against the grain, or "the lines on the meat," recommends Hola Jalapeño.

Cook Time: 55 minutes

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Sheet Pan Curried Sweet Potato and Chickpeas

Sheet pan curried sweet potatoes and chickpeas

Minimalist Baker 

The Recipe: Sheet Pan Curried Sweet Potatoes and Chickpeas by Minimalist Baker

The Hero Flavor: Tahini or tahini dressing (Minimalist Baker offers a few recipes) bump up the flavor of roasted sweet potatoes and chickpeas, which have been seasoned with curry powder and garam masala.

Pro Tip: Serve with optional cilantro and lemon wedges.

Cook Time: 1 hour

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Huevos Rancheros Sheet Pan Nachos

Sheet pan huevos rancheros nachos

 Melanie Makes

The Recipe: Huevos Rancheros Sheet Pan Nachos by Melanie Makes

The Hero Flavor: We're fans of the sunny side eggs we'd be able to dip our chips into as we devour this sheet pan nachos recipe, which also features pork sausage, black beans, and jalapeño for a punch of heat.

Pro Tip: Go for the works and serve with chopped cilantro, sour cream, and salsa.

Cook Time: 35 minutes

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Sheet Pan Raspberry Pineapple Pork Chops

Sheet pan raspberry pineapple pork chops

Boulder Locavore 

The Recipe: Sheet Pan Raspberry Pineapple Pork Chops by Boulder Locavore

The Hero Flavor: A sauce featuring "tangy pineapples and sweet raspberries are blended with a medium heat from crushed chili pepper and savory leeks to make a one of a kind finishing sauce" for bone-in pork chops. Potatoes and green beens are jeweled with fresh raspberries and pineapple to complete this one-pan meal.

Pro Tip: "Tent sheet pan loosely with foil and allow pork to rest for 5–10 minutes prior to serving," writes Toni Dash of Boulder Locavore.

Cook Time: 40 minutes

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Sheet Pan Maple-Mustard Salmon

Sheet pan maple-mustard salmon with roasted potatoes and carrots

 Boulder Locavore

The Recipe: Sheet Pan Maple-Mustard Salmon by Boulder Locavore

The Hero Flavor: A marinade of maple syrup, Dijon mustard, balsamic vinegar, and tamari (Japanese-style sauce made from fermented soy beans, and which is usually gluten-free) coax sweet and tangy flavors from the salmon, which cooks alongside roasted potatoes and carrots in the same pan.

Pro Tip: While the pan is in the oven, save some marinade to spoon on the tops of the fillets (and veggies) when it's time to flip them.

Cook Time: 50 minutes

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Sheet Pan Turkey Dinner

Sheet pan turkey dinner

I Am a Food Blog

The Recipe: Sheet Pan Turkey Dinner by I Am a Food Blog

The Hero Flavor: Rosemary and sage offer comforting aromatics to turkey, beans, potatoes, and stuffing. Opt for skin-on turkey breast, as well as lots of garlic, butter, and salt and pepper to taste.

Pro Tip: I Am a Food Blog offers that this recipe will likely feed two people generously, or a party of four with average to small appetites.

Cook Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes (1 hour of baking time)

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Sheet Pan Sausage and Roasted Veggies

Sheet pan sausage and roasted veggies

Kristine's Kitchen 

The Recipe: Sheet Pan Sausage and Roasted Veggies by Kristine's Kitchen

The Hero Flavor: Italian chicken sausage provides protein, and enough flavor so that you really only need to season vegetables like broccoli and sweet potatoes with a bit of salt and pepper.

Pro Tip: Serve over quinoa, rice, or with bread. And be sure to slice sausages into bite-sized pieces if you're serving this easy dinner option to small children.

Cook Time: 40 minutes

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