Easy Salmon & New Potatoes Tray Bake is a perfect family dinner without a fuss. Quick to put together it pretty much takes care of itself. Delicious salmon fillets and baby potatoes roasting in one tray as you prepare the sides. It couldn’t be easier!
I’m a huge fan of simple, throw it together in one pan or tray & bake in the oven type dinners. They are easy and involve minimum prep and effort on your part freeing up some precious time to catch up with your kids after school, partner after work or even take a minute or two for well deserved cup of tea.
All you need is an oven tray or your favourite roasting tray (I love my trusty Le Creuset* one), an oven (of course) and you are on your way to one of the easiest dinners ever!
Salmon – The most economical way of buying salmon is when it goes on special offer around holiday times etc. I tend to buy whole sides which I then cut into smaller fillets and freeze for later. If you are using frozen fillets, make sure you defrost them first.
New Potatoes (Baby Potatoes) – Any new potatoes will do here but if you can get your hands on gorgeously buttery Jersey Royals which are in season roughly between April and July, definitely do as they are mouth watering delicious.
Lemon – Perfect flavour booster for your fish!
Thyme (fresh or dried) – Perfect little seasoning for potatoes. It can be substituted with rosemary if you prefer or feel free to use a bit of both!
Spring Onions – great as a flavourful garnish and to add a bit of colour.
Olive oil, salt & pepper
What to serve this Easy Salmon & New Potatoes Tray Bake with?
The world really is your oyster with the sides for this tray bake. As it’s such a fantastic, versatile and all-year round fare you can customise it depending on the seasonal veggies available. Some of my recommendations are:
Homemade Fresh Tomato Salsa (Pico De Gallo) – Beautifully fresh and perfect addition especially in the heat of summer.
Easy Oven Roasted Asparagus – As soon as asparagus season is here I tend to serve it with everything. It’s a perfect pairing for the salmon. For this particular dish you could simply add prepared asparagus spears to the tray at the same time as the salmon for even less hassle.
Roasted Brussels sprouts with Parmesan & Garlic – One of my favourite winter sides.
Aubergine Tomato & Mozzarella Bake – Dish in its own right but I find it works so well as a side and yes I would serve it with fish even though there is cheese involved (some purists might disagree).
Easy Grated Carrot Salad – Light, fresh and delicious! Perfect in the summer but also all year round.
Creamy Coleslaw – Creamy and crunchy, proper homemade coleslaw is irresistible!
Perfect Greek Tzatziki – Few dollops over your salmon and potatoes and you will be in garlicky heaven!
You could also serve it with any veggies of your choice roasted or steamed or simple green salad would be lovely too.
How to make Easy Salmon & New Potatoes Tray Bake
Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas mark 4.
Scrub your potatoes but leave them unpeeled. Halve or quarter bigger ones and leave the really small ones whole trying to keep them similar size so that they roast evenly.
Put them in the roasting tray with olive oil, thyme and good amount of salt and pepper. Give them a mix with your hands making sure they are evenly covered with oil and seasoning and put into preheated oven for 20 min.
Easy Salmon & New Potatoes Tray Bake
- 750 g new potatoes/baby potatoes/Jersey Royals scrubbed, unpeeled, halved or quartered if large
- 4 salmon fillets (skin on) see notes
- 2-3 spring onions finely sliced
- 1 tsp (heaped) dried thyme or leaves taken off few sprigs of fresh thyme see notes
- 1 lemon
- 2 tbsp rapeseed or olive oil
- salt, pepper
- Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas mark 4.
- Scrub your potatoes but leave them unpeeled. Halve or quarter bigger ones and leave the really small ones whole trying to keep them similar size so that they roast evenly.
- Put them in the roasting tray with olive oil, thyme and good amount of salt and pepper. Give them a mix with your hands making sure they are evenly covered with oil and seasoning and put into preheated oven for 20 min.
- After 20 minutes take the roasting tray with the potatoes out of the oven and give the potatoes a little shake (you might need to use spatula if they got a bit stuck to the bottom) and put your salmon fillets on top (skin down).
- Sprinkle the fillets with juice squeezed out of half a lemon , season with some salt and pepper and put back in the oven for 13-15 min or until salmon fillets are cooked (the timing will depend on the thickness of your fillets). The fish should be just opaque.
- Take baking tray out of the oven and sprinkle salmon and potatoes with some spring onions.
- Serve with sides of your choice and extra lemon wedges.
- Nutritional information is approximate and per serving (without any sides) and should be treated as a guideline only.
- Feel free to substitute thyme with rosemary or simply use both.
- If using frozen salmon fillets, make sure they are defrosted first.
Update Notes: This post was originally published in July 2018 and updated in February 2020 with updated recipe card, useful info including serving suggestions and better layout improving user experience.
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