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Easy Oven Roasted Asparagus – Spend With Pennies

This tender vegetable is a favorite and really shines with simple seasonings.

Oven-roasted asparagus tips are simply tossed with olive oil and seasonings and roasted in the oven until lightly browned and tender. They caramelize beautifully and roasting adds another layer of flavor.

This side dish is both elegant and classy, ​​yet easy to prepare and can be made well in advance.

a plate of roasted asparagus with salt and pepper

Why We Love Roasted Asparagus

The oven-roasted asparagus recipe is the one you’ll find on our table all year round!

  • Just one a few simple ingredients.
  • Spears can be prepared, trimmed and seasoned in advance and roast before serving.
  • Asparagus cooks quickly in the oven, we often bake it while our meat is resting for the perfect accompaniment.
  • the simplicity of this asparagus recipe allows the flavor of the asparagus to shine.

How to prepare asparagus

I like to use as much of the edible stem as possible, but the asparagus tips have a woody end.

  1. Gently hold each end of the spear and bend it, it will break off the woody ends of the asparagus, leaving you with a tender asparagus tip.
  2. Rinse it quickly and let it dry (or pat it dry) before cooking. Adding water will cause it to steam instead of roast.

How to Roast Asparagus

Roasting is just one of many ways to cook asparagus. Much like grilled asparagus, very little prep work is needed to make this easy side dish.

  1. Preheat the oven to high temperature (according to the recipe below) for the best caramelization.
  2. Place the asparagus stalks on a baking sheet in a single layer. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper and shake the pan lightly to coat the asparagus.
  3. Roast until tender.

How long to roast asparagus

  • Thick spears 8-10 minutes at 425°F
  • Thin spears 5-7 minutes at 425°F

Uncooked asparagus on a baking sheet.

Variants

There are plenty of other ways to top this oven-roasted asparagus recipe to make the most of its all-too-short season. You can garnish roasted spears with so many delicious options:

  • chopped Garlic sautéed in hazelnut butter
  • a pinch of fresh herbs, parmesan cheese, garlic powder or another favorite cheese (and toast a little)
  • zesty Dutch sauce or bernaise sauce
  • a little fresh lemon juice or zest

Recipe tips

  • Use a hot oven to roast asparagus (or broccoli, or any roasted vegetable for that matter). As asparagus is thin, it needs a hot temperature to caramelize while keeping a tender crunch. 400 to 450 degrees F is best.
  • Asparagus tips are quite delicate, so they will roast quickly in a hot oven, do not overcook.
  • Choose thicker asparagus stalks if possible, they roast better without becoming overcooked.
  • Line the pan with parchment paper (or aluminum foil) for easy cleanup.

Asparagus tips on a baking sheet.

How to Store Asparagus

Raw asparagus should be stored in the refrigerator, lightly covered. If you want to keep it fresh longer, store it in a jar with a small amount of water in the bottom like you would fresh flowers in a vase.

Once cooked, asparagus can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container. It can be cut up and added to chilled salads or warmed up and tossed into pasta.

What to serve with asparagus

Oven roasted asparagus

Tender roasted asparagus tips caramelized in the oven.

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  • Preheat the oven to 425°F.

  • Wash the asparagus and cut the woody stems.

  • Place asparagus on a skillet and toss with olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper (and Parmesan if using).

  • Roast 8 to 10 minutes or until tender-crisp.

  • Top with desired toppings

Try one of the following variations:
Hazelnut butter, a little lemon or zest, your favorite seasonings, Dutch sauce or bernaise sauce for serving

Recipe tips

  • Use a hot oven to roast asparagus (or broccoli, or any roasted vegetable for that matter). As asparagus is thin, it needs a hot temperature to caramelize while keeping a tender crunch.
  • Asparagus tips are quite delicate, so they will roast quickly in a hot oven, do not overcook.
  • Choose thicker asparagus stalks if possible, they roast better without becoming overcooked.

calories: 95, Carbohydrates: 4g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 7g, Saturated fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 1mg, Sodium: 42mg, Potassium: 227mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 870UI, Vitamin C: 7.2mg, Calcium: 57mg, The iron: 2.4mg

(Nutritional information provided is an estimate and will vary depending on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Course side dish

Food American

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Oven roasted asparagus on a plate with text.
Top image - Asparagus tips on a baking sheet.  Bottom image - roasted asparagus in a plate with text.
Asparagus on a serving tray with text.

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