Roasted asparagus is a quick and easy vegetable that is cooked in the oven creating a delicious side dish. For additional flavor, add various spices and toppings such as red pepper flakes, a squeeze of lemon juice, grated parmesan cheese, or a dash of balsamic vinegar. Roasted asparagus goes well with grilled or roasted meats and it also makes a great snack. It's a winner every time!
The best way to cook asparagus is in the oven at a high temperature. I did not like asparagus until I cooked it this way. My husband and son do not like many vegetables, however, they love roasted asparagus. Give it a try with your family!
How to shop for asparagus
Asparagus is in season in the spring although you can usually find it in local grocery stores year-round. The ideal place to buy asparagus is at a farmer's market or farm stand because it will always be fresh. You will be able to find asparagus in the fresh produce section of the grocery store. It normally comes in a one-pound bunch. Fresh asparagus will have straight stems and not look dried out.
How to store asparagus
Store asparagus in the refrigerator. If you are not going to use it for a few days, cut off the ends of the stem and place the spears in a glass of water. You can store the asparagus this way for 3-5 days.
If the asparagus gets slimy it is spoiled and will need to be thrown away.
Is asparagus healthy?
Asparagus is a healthy vegetable because it is high in fiber and it is a good source of folate as well as Vitamins A, C, E, and K. It also contains chromium an essential trace mineral that can improve insulin sensitivity and boost protein, carbohydrate, and lipid metabolism. Asparagus is also low in calories. One cup of cooked asparagus contains only 40 calories!
Ingredients for Roasted Asparagus
- Fresh Asparagus- Only fresh asparagus can be used in this recipe.
- Olive oil- Vegetable or canola oil can be substituted for the olive oil.
- Kosher Salt- If you use table salt, be sure to cut the amount in half.
- Course Ground Pepper-If you use fine ground pepper, only use half the amount called for in the recipe.
How to roast asparagus in the oven
Break the stems off the asparagus by bending the asparagus. It will break easily at the woody part of the stem. Discard the stems.
- Place asparagus on a sheet pan .
- Drizzle with oil, add the salt and pepper.
- With tongs or your washed hands, toss the asparagus to evenly distribute the oil and seasonings.
- Place the pan in a 425°F oven for 10-15 minutes or until done.
Pro Tip: Taste the asparagus while it is roasting to ensure that it does not overcook. It seems that every time I make it, the asparagus requires a different amount of time because the spear's diameter varies. If the asparagus spear is very thin, cook it only 5-7 minutes.
If they are mushy they are overcooked. If they are crunchy they are undercooked.
Additional seasonings and toppings
Here are a few ideas for seasonings and toppings you can use when you roast asparagus:
- Garlic-add 1 teaspoon minced garlic or ½ teaspoon garlic powder and toss with asparagus before roasting.
- Pepper flakes-add ¼ teaspoon pepper flakes (as I did above). Red pepper flakes can be added before or after roasting.
- Lemon juice-after roasting, drizzle 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice on the asparagus.
- Balsamic vinegar-after roasting, drizzle 1 tablespoon good quality balsamic vinegar on the asparagus for added flavor.
- Parmesan cheese-grate 1-2 tablespoons fresh Parmesan cheese on the asparagus after roasting.
- Bacon-Fry 1-2 strips of bacon and crumble it on top of the roasted asparagus.
Store leftover roasted asparagus in a covered container for up to 3 days.
How to use leftover roasted asparagus
- Reheat asparagus in the oven, on the stove in a skillet or microwave.
- Cut the spears into 3-4 inch pieces and add them to pasta, an omelet, or frittata.
- Toss the whole spears with 1-2 tablespoons of Easy Vinaigrette for a delicious salad.
- Asparagus is a healthy low-calorie snack!
What to serve with roasted asparagus
Roasted Asparagus is the perfect side dish. Serve it with Fast Roast Chicken, or grilled meats such as beef, pork, or lamb. It would also be delicious served with pan-seared or baked fish.Print
Oven-roasted asparagus is a quick and easy side dish perfect for lunch or dinner.
- 2.25 pounds asparagus
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- Preheat oven to 425°F.
- Place asparagus in a colander and wash them under cold running water.
- Pat them dry with a paper towel.
- Snap the stems off the asparagus. The asparagus will easily break when you bend it.
- Place the asparagus on a sheet pan that has been sprayed with pan release spray, lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
- Drizzle oil on the asparagus.
- Add the salt and pepper.
- Toss the asparagus to distribute oil and seasoning.
- Shake the pan side to side to distribute the asparagus.
- Place the pan in the oven and roast asparagus for 10-15 minutes until just tender.
- Remove the pan from the oven and serve.
1. Be sure not to overcook the asparagus because this will make it mushy.
2. Halfway through cooking, taste a spear to see if it is done. If not, cook for a few minutes longer.
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Disclaimer: The nutritional information provided is approximate and is calculated using online tools. Information can vary depending on various factors, but we have endeavored to be as accurate as possible.