Perfect Roasted Asparagus Recipe

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Kent Porter Modified: April 25, 2022
Perfect Roasted Asparagus Recipe

How To Make Perfect Roasted Asparagus

This roasted asparagus recipe is perfect for sides. Sprinkle some salt and pepper, this recipe is so versatile you can add whatever seasoning comes to mind!

Preparation: 5 minutes
Cooking: 10 minutes
Total: 15 minutes

Serves:

Ingredients

For Basic Roasted Asparagus:

  • 1lbfresh asparagus
  • 2tspolive oil
  • salt,to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper,to taste

For Seasonings:

  • ½medium lemon,zest juice, preferably organic
  • ½lemon wedges,from the remaining lemon
  • Parmesan cheese,sprinkle, finely grated
  • small handful fresh mint,or parsley, finely chopped
  • red pepper flakes,light sprinkle

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F and line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper for easy cleanup.

  2. Snap off the woody ends of the asparagus. Discard the ends.

  3. Place the asparagus on the sheet and drizzle with 1 to 2 teaspoons of olive oil, just enough to lightly coat the asparagus.

  4. Sprinkle salt and pepper over the asparagus, and toss until the spears are lightly coated in oil. Arrange the spears in a single layer on the pan.

  5. Bake just until the base of the asparagus is easily pierced through by a fork. Very thin asparagus, like the kind shown here, will take as little as 9 to 12 minutes, whereas thicker asparagus will need 15 to 20 minutes.

  6. Transfer the roasted asparagus to a serving platter and season however you’d like. For a simpler version, squeeze lemon juice, or sprinkle Parmesan, or add a pat of butter or drizzle of balsamic vinegar.

  7. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Roasted asparagus is best served when it’s fresh out of the oven, but it will keep at room temperature for up to 1 hour or up to 4 days in the refrigerator. Gently reheat before serving.

Optional inclusions are a dab of butter, a light drizzle of balsamic reduction, and/or sliced toasted almonds.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 49.68kcal
  • Fat: 2.49g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.38g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 1.65g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.34g
  • Carbohydrates: 6.13g
  • Fiber: 3.29g
  • Sugar: 2.34g
  • Protein: 2.91g
  • Sodium: 308.64mg
  • Calcium: 48.31mg
  • Potassium: 284.80mg
  • Iron: 3.54mg
  • Vitamin A: 60.64µg
  • Vitamin C: 11.79mg
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