18 pan-fried Mediterranean diet dinners for the summer

Get out the baking sheet and whip up one of these healthy and easy dinners tonight. Not only do they embrace summer staples like avocados, peppers, tomatoes and zucchini, but these sheet pan meals also follow the Mediterranean diet, which is one of the healthiest eating patterns around. Recipes like our Roasted Lemon Pepper Chicken with Broccoli and Tomatoes and Roasted Zucchini Pizza are delicious and nutritious choices that clean up quickly afterwards.

Pan-fried Lemon Pepper Chicken with Broccoli and Tomatoes

Ali Redmond

This pan-fried lemon pepper chicken with broccoli and tomatoes offers a blend of vitamin-packed greens, a healthy dose of fiber, and lean protein to fill your plate. Lemon pepper spices the dish, adding brightness and spice.

Spicy Jerk Shrimp

Here’s a shrimp pan dinner roasted and caramelized to perfection! The pineapple in this recipe makes a sweet sauce that balances out the heat of the Jamaican jerk seasoning.

Zucchini pizza in pan

Photographer: Morgan Hunt Glaze, Props Stylist: Shell Royster, Food Stylist: Chelsea Zimmer

Fresh zucchini and lemon slices complete this pan pizza. Whole lemon slices add a bright flavor from the peel and zest, as well as acidity from the flesh. The feta and fresh mozzarella add a savory note and balance out the rest of the flavors.

Chicken Hasselback Caprese

Using the hasselback technique (cutting crosswise slits every half inch along the chicken breast) cooks the chicken faster and ensures you get a burst of flavorful gooey stuffing with every bite. This quick, high-protein, vegetarian-friendly dinner is easy to prepare and the whole family will love it.

Pan roasted salmon and vegetables

This dish is full of flavor and fits perfectly into the Mediterranean diet.

Baked Portobello Fajitas

Photographer: Jen Causey, Food Stylist: Chelsea Zimmer

These roasted pan portobello fajitas packed with vegetables are well seasoned with a blend of smoky spices and served with a savory spread of avocado and yogurt. Top them with your favorite side dishes for an easy vegetarian dinner.

Sausage and peppers in a pan

This easy meal is bound to become a permanent fixture in your dinner rotation. It’s super simple, comes together quickly, and only requires one pan.

Roasted salmon and tomatoes with garlic and olives

Keep clutter to a minimum with this simple skillet dinner. The cherry tomato halves roast alongside the salmon fillets and make for a delicious relish combined with the olives, garlic, and thyme in this easy, no-fuss dinner.

Stir-fried chicken fajita bowls

Skip the tortillas in favor of this warming fajita salad, which features a nutritious medley of chicken with roasted cabbage, bell peppers, and black beans. The chicken, beans, and veggies are all cooked in the same pan, so this healthy dinner is easy to prepare and cleanup is easy, too.

Baked fish tacos with avocado

Instead of frying, the fish fillets in this quick and easy 5-ingredient recipe are coated in a flavorful blend of seasonings and cooked in the oven. Several varieties of flaky white fish can be used for these tacos. When going to the market to buy fish, the best strategy is to be flexible and choose the variety that looks freshest that day.

Ratatouille in a pan

Ratatouille is a type of Provençal-style vegetarian stew. Our roasted ratatouille features tangy goat cheese and a sweet balsamic glaze that complement the tender charred greens. Cook the tomatoes in a separate pan so that the steam from the tomatoes doesn’t steam the other vegetables.

Shrimp fried rice in a pan

This pan-fried shrimp rice recipe is a great way to use up leftover rice, but you can also use pre-cooked microwave rice. Let it come to room temperature while you chop the vegetables. Sambal, the spicy chili-based condiment popular in Indonesia, Malaysia, and southern India, provides a kick.

Pan-fried chicken sausage with potatoes and peppers

Photographer: Will Dickey, Props Stylist: Christina Brockman, Food Stylist: Jennifer Wendorf

This sausage and roasted veggies recipe makes for the perfect weekday dinner. We opt for the chicken andouille sausage, but you can easily substitute any other cooked chicken or pork sausage of your choice. If you have leftovers, try adding sausage, peppers and onions to a grainy mustard roll for a flavorful sandwich.

30 Minute Roasted Salmon Tacos with Corn and Pepper Salsa

Sarah Haas

A honey-chipotle glaze gives this roasted salmon a sweet and spicy edge. If you have the time, consider grilling or broiling the corn for a few minutes for extra flavor. Short while? Thawed frozen corn can be used in place of fresh.

Caprese pizza in pan

This light and flavorful caprese pizza is ready when the tomatoes are just pureed and the mozzarella is slightly melted. If you want a little more on this pizza, it would be delicious with a few slices of ham. Chef’s tip: let the dough come to room temperature before stretching it – it will be much easier to work with.

Stir-fried Poblano Chicken and Corn Fajitas

Photographer / Antonis Achilleos, Props Stylist / Christine Kelly, Food Stylist / Karen Rankin

These pan-fried chicken poblano corn fajitas are seasoned with a delicate ancho chile powder, paprika, and cumin. The chicken and vegetables cook on a roasting pan under the broiler so you can forget about working on a hot stove or grill to get dinner on the table quickly. Plus, with just one pan, cleanup is a breeze!

Chicken and prawns in a pan

This Creole-inspired variation of a shrimp boil can be done in the oven on a single pan. A medley of spices gives this healthy dish of chicken, sausage and vegetables a rich, complex flavor. Bonus: This simple sheet pan dinner requires just 20 minutes of active prep time.

Easy Baked Fish Fillets

Randy Mayor

Fancy a simple fish-based dinner? Skip the frozen fillets and try this simple recipe for baked fresh fish fillets. With little prep, this is a great last minute and easy dinner for the family. Any firm white fish works well. The breading isn’t too overpowering, but adds a delicious crunch. Serve it with leafy greens or thinly sliced ​​baked potatoes.

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