ingredients
  • thin asparagus spears 1 bunch, trimmed
  • Extra virgin olive oil 3 tbsp
  • Sea salt 1 tsp
  • Ground black pepper 1/2 tsp
  • Optional Ingredients
  • Parmesan cheese 1 1/2 tbsp, grated
  • Garlic 1 clove, minced
  • Freshly squeezed lemon juice 1 tbsp

Oven roasted asparagus is an amazing spring side dish. It's a super simple way to prepare asparagus and it's endlessly versatile to boot. Roast asparagus is healthy, flavorful, and goes well with meat, chicken, fish, grains – you name it! And if you love that vibrant fresh flavor, roasting is the best way to preserve that delicious asparagus taste. Cooking asparagus quickly in the oven removes any natural bitterness in the vegetable, and gives it a slightly crispy texture while keeping the spears nice and tender. You can also add anything from cheese to garlic, spices, or lemon juice to enhance the flavor of your oven roasted asparagus and complement your main dish.

How to Cook Oven Roasted Asparagus

Preheat your oven to 425°F.

Put the asparagus in a large bowl. Add the olive oil, pepper, and salt. Gently toss the spears to coat. At this point, add any additional ingredients like Parmesan, garlic, or lemon juice.

Place the asparagus in a single layer on a baking tray. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until tender.

How Long Do You Cook Oven Roasted Asparagus?

One of the best things about this recipe (other than how great it tastes), is how fast and easy it is to make. Oven roasted asparagus takes about 12 to 15 minutes in the oven. Thicker spears need a little longer, but you don't want to overcook the asparagus. They should be tender when they come out of the oven.

What to Serve with Oven Roasted Asparagus

Oven roasted asparagus is a fantastic side dish that pairs with a wide range of dishes. Roasts, steaks, pork chops, or pan-seared fish. You can customize how you season it to suit different dishes – play around with different combinations to discover what you enjoy best. You can also chop the asparagus and add it to a stir-fry, pasta dish, or quinoa.

Instructions

Preheat your oven to 425°F.

Put the asparagus in a large bowl. Add the olive oil, pepper, and salt. Gently toss the spears to coat. At this point, add any additional ingredients like Parmesan, garlic, or lemon juice.

Place the asparagus in a single layer on a baking tray. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until tender.

Notes

Thicker asparagus spears can take between 15 and 20 minutes to cook through.

Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 4 days in the fridge. Leftovers can be used to make asparagus soup or mixed into a frittata. There's plenty of room to get creative!

Be sure to remove the woody stalk ends before preparing the asparagus. To do this, simply grab the asparagus and bend it at each end. It will snap where the spear begins to get tough.