Tender Roasted Asparagus

Our favorite method for making perfectly roasted asparagus. Simple, quick, and delicious! Jump to the Tender Roasted Asparagus Recipe or read on to see our tips for making it.

Tender Roasted Asparagus Recipe

How To Roast Asparagus

Roasted asparagus is one of our favorite side dishes. It is ridiculously quick and simple to make. We love it served alone, added to omelets, and even served on top of crostini for a simple appetizer (or lunch). Roasting your own bunch of asparagus is easy and can be done in three steps.

  1. Rinse, pat dry, and trim the ends of each stem. Peel thicker stems as needed (see below).
  2. Toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Or add your favorite seasonings. We often add a little fresh lemon zest and garlic. Here’s our garlic roasted asparagus for you to look at.
  3. Bake in a 400 degree oven until the tips brown slightly and the stalks are tender.
How To Roast Asparagus

Depending on how thick the asparagus is, it will take between 15 and 25 minutes to bake. We try to buy thin-stalked asparagus when we can find it. If you can only find asparagus that’s got thick, woody stems we recommend using a vegetable peeler to peel away the thick outer peel of the stalks.

Peeling asparagus

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Recipe updated, originally posted May 2010. Since posting this in 2010, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear. – Adam and Joanne

Tender Roasted Asparagus

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Our easy method for perfectly roasted asparagus. Depending on how thick the asparagus is, it will take between 15 and 25 minutes to bake. We try to buy thin-stalked asparagus when we can find it. If you can only find asparagus that’s got thick, woody stems we recommend using a vegetable peeler to peel away the thick outer peel of the stalks.

Makes approximately 4 servings

You Will Need

1 pound fresh asparagus

2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

Salt and fresh ground black pepper

Directions

    Heat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

    Rinse asparagus and pat dry. Trim about 1/2-inch from the stalky ends. Place trimmed asparagus onto the baking sheet and toss with olive oil, and then lightly season with salt and fresh ground black pepper. Spread into a single layer.

    Bake until the tips begin to brown and the stalks are tender, 15 to 25 minutes depending on the thickness of your asparagus.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • Nutrition facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA database to calculate approximate values.

If you make this recipe, snap a photo and hashtag it #inspiredtaste — We love to see your creations on Instagram and Facebook! Find us: @inspiredtaste

Nutrition Per Serving: Serving Size 1/4 of the recipe / Calories 43 / Total Fat 2.5g / Saturated Fat 0.4g / Cholesterol 0mg / Sodium 147.6mg / Carbohydrate 4.4g / Dietary Fiber 2.4g / Total Sugars 2.1g / Protein 2.5g
AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

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6 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Georgina May 25, 2017, 11:49 pm

    Making this tomorrow, looks delicious.

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  • Jennie Staub March 12, 2013, 6:00 pm

    This sounds good for cold weather. In warmer weather, I grill mine on a sheet of aluminum foil with the grill flame on low. I brush the asparagus with an olive oil mixture containing my favorite spices — salt, Mrs Dash Garlic & Herb, ground rosemary and dill. I turn the asparagus once to brown on both sides. Best part – clean up is a snap. Just throw away the foil and the grill is clean and ready to go again!

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  • Mary November 28, 2011, 4:51 pm

    I add some grated cheese to this at the end as well. Heaven!

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    • Joanne November 28, 2011, 6:12 pm

      oh, great idea!

      Reply
  • Alisa May 25, 2010, 6:36 am

    This is how I love my asparagus.

    Reply
  • Wendi May 19, 2010, 10:12 am

    I adore roasted asparagus. Tastes like spring to me.

    Reply

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