14 One-Pan Recipes to Make When You’re Short on Time
Bake, roast, and sauté your way through the week.
Updated Sep 29, 2021 7:00 AM
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At the end of a long day, the last thing you probably want to do is cook dinner. You’ve already attended 30 meetings, worked out, grocery shopped—the sheer thought of pulling out multiple pots and pans is enough to propel you to your Postmates app. Aside from the actual meal prep involved, there’s the whole cleanup thing to deal with afterward.
This is where one of our favorite cooking hacks comes in: Prepare your dish in a single skillet or sheet pan to reduce the number of tools you need to wash. These 14 one-pan recipes will make dinner a breeze.
Tofu Stir-Fry With Broccoli and Cabbage
Take on Meatless Monday with this tofu stir-fry from The Modern Proper. Dressed in a peanut sauce and featuring a medley of fresh ginger, cabbage, and broccoli, this tofu-veggie combo is chock-full of flavor and protein.
We’re loving this revamp of the breakfast classic from The Modern Proper, which features the mouthwatering addition of spiced meatballs, plus red bell peppers simmered in tomato sauce.
Sheet-Pan Clam Bake
Consider this the quintessential summer meal by Creme de la Crumb—one that will easily feed a crowd. Simply combine your favorite seafood with shucked ears of corn, potatoes, and sausage; drizzle with oil and spices; and bake.
Pork Chops With Mushroom Cream Sauce
For those weeknights when you’re craving something rich and hearty, The Modern Proper’s pork chops are the way to go. The white wine–and–Dijon broth and refreshing hints of lemon and thyme take this dish to the next level.
One-Pan Shrimp and Asparagus
A delicious dinner you can whip up in 30 minutes or less is something we can definitely get on board with. Cue this unexpected duo of Parmesan-garnished asparagus and garlic-buttered shrimp by Creme de la Crumb.
Greek Sheet-Pan Chicken Souvlaki and Potatoes
Bring a little taste of the Mediterranean home with this refreshingly simple version of a Greek classic by Half Baked Harvest. With lots of fresh herbs, chunks of feta, and a scattering of Kalamata olives, this recipe is too good to pass up.
Baked Chicken Thighs With Asparagus
A weeknight classic, all grown up. The Modern Proper tops chicken thighs with fresh cherry tomatoes, asparagus, thyme, olives, Dijon mustard, and dry white wine.
One-Pan Lemon Pepper Salmon
This oven-roasted salmon by Half Baked Harvest is enough for the whole family, and its savory basil chimichurri marinade and side of Parmesan asparagus and potatoes will win over the pickiest of eaters.
One-Pan Zucchini and Three-Cheese Lasagna
This recipe by Half Baked Harvest is about as easy as lasagna can get. Did we mention there’s also Italian sausage, fresh basil, and cherry tomatoes involved?
Skillet Lemon Chicken and Potatoes
Pan-seared with potatoes, carrots, and lemon, this hearty chicken skillet dish by Chelsea’s Messy Apron also features an unexpected hint of paprika.
Baked Pork Chop and Asparagus Sheet-Pan Dinner
Pair mustard-, chili-, and Worcestershire mayo-seasoned pork chops with scallions and asparagus, then bake this dish by The Modern Proper in the oven for 20 minutes. It’s as easy as that.
Who needs takeout when you can make this stir-fry by Chelsea’s Messy Apron in under 30 minutes? Just toss in a pan with soy sauce, oyster sauce, sesame oil, and a medley of veggies and you’ll have a good-for-you meal on the table in no time.
Chicken Shawarma Sheet-Pan Dinner
Coated in yogurt, cumin, cardamom, turmeric, and cinnamon, this one-pan chicken recipe by The Modern Proper is far from boring. You’ll whip everything up alongside large red bell peppers and purple onions, then serve with homemade tahini sauce.
One-Pan Spanish Chicken and Rice
Ditch the heavy cream and butter for this healthy take on Spanish chicken and rice by Creme de la Crumb. The recipe calls for smoked paprika, garlic, cumin, chili powder, and coriander, so you know it will be packed with flavor.
This story was originally published in April 2017; it has been updated with new information.