I love meals that can be cooked in one dish, and this sheet pan steak dinner definitely falls into that category. The steak is flavored with garlic and parmesan, and the asparagus and new potatoes are cooked right on the pan with the meat.
Not only does it taste amazing, but it is also ready in under 30 minutes, making it a perfect steak dinner any night of the week!
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Sheet Pan Steak Dinner
I love recipes that can be prepared and cooked in one pan – mainly because it saves on the washing up. We are old-school in this house, as we don’t have a dishwasher!
Another reason, is the simplicity of them – being able to toss all the ingredients into/onto a pan/dish/skillet – and cooking all at once, means minimal prep, and minimal messing around in the kitchen. This sheet pan steak dinner is a delicious, stress-free meal that you can have on the table on even the busiest of evenings.
The skirt steak is coated with olive oil and garlic, and cooked alongside asparagus and mini potatoes. Parmesan is also added towards the end of the cooking time. As you can see, the ingredients are very simple, and you’re likely to have most of them in your pantry.
What is skirt steak?
Skirt steak is a thin, long cut of beef from the underbelly of the cow, also known as Hanger steak. Flank steak is very similar but cut from the abdominal muscles of the cow. Both are inexpensive cuts of beef and are best cooked fast at a high temperature. Don’t cook past a medium, otherwise, the meat becomes tough. Both have plenty of fat marbling which equals moist meat, with good beefy flavour. Skirt steak and flank steak are great for fajitas, stir-fries, and grilling on a barbecue.
Related Recipe: Flank Steak with Rosti & Tomato-Caper Sauce
Can I use other vegetables in this dish?
Of course you can! If you want to add extra vegetables, or switch out the asparagus for something else, be my guest!
Since this dish cooks in just 15 minutes, then you want to make sure that the vegetables will cook in that time too.
I suggest the following vegetables that will also pair well with the garlic and salty parmesan: broccoli florets; bell peppers; onions, mushrooms, zucchini, green beans; and tomatoes.
You could also swap the mini potatoes for cubed sweet potato or butternut squash. If you only have regular sized potatoes, cut them into bite-size cubes.
What is a sheet pan?
The chance is if you’re reading this recipe you know what a sheet pan is, have one (or several) in your kitchen, and use them often.
But if you don’t know what it is, let me tell you. Essentially a sheet pan is a metal tray, with a lip all the way around. You may call it a baking tray, a baking sheet, a roasting tray, or something else. But no matter what you call it, they are a versatile piece of kitchen equipment and I love using them!
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In past recipes, I’ve called sheet pan recipes “traybakes” because the dish was cooked all in one tray. But then a friend pointed out that is often a term for sweet bakes, so I will be renaming my old traybake recipes to sheet pan recipes! It’s so hard trying to keep track of what I say, what people in the UK say, what people in the US say, and then the rest of the world too! I’m not moaning that I have a worldwide audience – it is awesome that I do – but I am a people pleaser and like to be as thorough and explain in as much detail as I can – which is why my blog posts end up being long!
Anyway, back to sheet pans, they are usually made from aluminium (aluminum) or stainless steel, and come in various sizes. The largest is a full sheet pan, which is usually for commercial use, and too big for home ovens. Make sure you purchase sheet pans that will fit your oven!
How do I make this sheet pan steak dinner?
So not only does this recipe taste great, but it is also ridiculously easy, and quick to make! I’ve thrown a 30-minute time frame on this one, and that includes the prep too (of which is minimal).
You do need to use pre-boiled potatoes, because they just won’t cook all the way through in the 15 minutes that the steak takes too cook.
So, you have options here. You could prep them on a less busy day, and keep them in the fridge until ready to make this steak dinner. Or you could put them on to cook while you are preparing the rest of the ingredients. They take just 10 minutes.
(Oh, and remember where I suggested you could switch out these potatoes for sweet potato or butternut squash? They may need to be pre-boiled first too. As would harder veggies like carrots or parsnips.)
Even though the potatoes are mini (we call them new potatoes here in the UK), cutting them in half will help speed up the cooking time. And for even more speed, boil the [electric] kettle, and use the boiling water from that to save having to wait for the water to heat up on the stove.
When the potatoes are cooked, drain them.
A very simple step – place the steak onto the sheet pan.
The ends of larger asparagus spears can be tough and woody, so you want to remove them. The easiest way to do that is to hold the spear on each end, then gently bend it – the tough part will naturally break away. Repeat this for all of the asparagus spears; or a quick kitchen hack is to snap one spear, line it up with the rest, and cut them all together at once.
Once prepared, place the asparagus around the steak on the pan, along with the potatoes.
Olive Oil & Garlic
I would estimate that a medium-sized clove of garlic is about 1 teaspoon, and there are 4 teaspoons in a tablespoon, so that would be (does the math…) 8 cloves of garlic, roughly speaking. I am a garlic fiend, and often use more, than less! So really, use as much garlic as you enjoy.
With Mediterranean heritage, I not only love garlic, but I also love olive oil. Ideally, you want to use extra virgin olive oil, which has a great flavour and is perfect for this method of cooking.
Mix the olive oil and garlic together in a bowl, and brush all over the steak, asparagus and potatoes. Season with salt and pepper to your personal preference.
Now pop the sheet pan into a hot oven and cook for 10 minutes.
Parmesan is one of those cheese that you either like or don’t. If you’re not a fan of the flavor, then you can leave it out, and enjoy this steak dinner without it. But if you enjoy the nutty, fruity flavor of good parmesan cheese, then buy a block and grate it at home, rather than buying the pre-grated, packaged stuff.
After 10 minutes, remove the pan from the oven, which will be smelling amazing by the way, and sprinkle with the parmesan. Place the tray back in the oven and cook for a further 5 minutes for a medium steak. You don’t want to cook it for any longer as the skirt cut of beef can become tough – and you definitely don’t want that!
When the 5 minutes is up, remove the pan from the oven, and leave to rest for five minutes before slicing the steak with a sharp knife.
In that 5 minutes, lay the table and pour a glass of your favourite beverage… then your sheet pan steak dinner is served!
- 700g/1½ lb Skirt Steak
- 450g/1 lb asparagus, washed & trimmed
- 900g/2 lb pre-boiled mini potatoes, halved
- 3½ Tbsp olive oil
- 2 Tbsp minced garlic (about 8-10 cloves if using fresh)
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 5 Tbsp parmesan, grated
- Set oven to 200C/400F/Gas6.
- Place the steak onto a sheet pan.
- Add the asparagus and potatoes to the pan and spread evenly.
- In a bowl, stir together the olive oil and garlic.
- Brush the the steak, asparagus and potatoes with the oil and garlic mixture.
- Sprinkle with salt and pepper to your taste.
- Place tray in oven and cook for 10 minutes.
- Remove pan from the oven, sprinkle parmesan over steak, asparagus and potatoes.
- Return pan to oven and cook for 5 more minutes for a medium steak.
- When cooked, remove pan from oven, and allow the steak to rest for 5 minutes before slicing.
- Serve & enjoy!
Can serve 2-4 people - depends on how hungry for steak you are!
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 791Total Fat: 40gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 24gCholesterol: 107mgSodium: 383mgCarbohydrates: 58gFiber: 9gSugar: 4gProtein: 53g
This site uses an outside source to provide nutrition. If you need exact details, please calculate yourself. This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix on 7/2/2019
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Make It A Full Meal!
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