Oven-Roasted Asparagus Recipe: Simple & Delicious

Oven-Roasted Asparagus Recipe: Simple & Delicious

March 21
16:29 2024

Oven-roasting asparagus is like discovering a hidden gem in the world of veggies. This method transforms the humble asparagus spear into a tender, slightly crispy treat that’s packed with flavor. Baked asparagus is not just another side dish; it’s a way to elevate your dinner with something simple yet sophisticated.

Active Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Servings: 4

Asparagus in the oven ingredients:

Gather these goodies:

  • 1 pound of asparagus, fresh and green, with the woody ends snapped off
  • 2 tablespoons of good olive oil, the extra virgin kind
  • A sprinkle of salt and a crack of black pepper, adjusted to your liking
  • Garlic, about 2 cloves worth, minced finely for that aromatic kick
  • Parmesan cheese, a generous sprinkle for a cheesy crust (totally optional but recommended)
  • Lemon, either zested for a fragrant touch or cut into wedges for a zesty squeeze


Now, let’s get down to business:

  1. First, crank your oven to 400°F to get it nice and hot.
  2. Lay out the asparagus on a baking tray. Ensure they have a little room to breathe; crowding can steam them instead of roasting them.
  3. Drizzle with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. If you’re in the mood, garlic can join the party here. Toss everything together so the spears are well-coated and ready to roast.
  4. Bake for about 15–20 minutes. You’re looking for tender spears that still have a bit of snap to them. Keep an eye on them; nobody likes overcooked asparagus.
  5. Once out of the oven, hit them with a sprinkle of Parmesan and a zest of lemon or a squeeze of juice for an extra layer of flavor.

Serving it up:

Straight from the oven is best, with the Parmesan melting and the asparagus perfectly roasted. That lemon on the side? It’s not just for show. A little squeeze can really brighten up the dish.

Why it’s awesome:

Aside from being delicious, baked asparagus is a nutrition powerhouse. It’s low in calories but rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Plus, olive oil adds some heart-healthy fats to the mix.

Nutrition Facts  
one serving  
Calories: 45
Total Fat: 3g
Saturated Fat: 0.4g
Cholesterol: 0g
Sodium: 74mg
Total Carbohydrates: 3.9g
Dietary Fiber: 1.9g
Sugars: 1.2g
Protein: 2.2g

Pro tips to up your game:

  • Choosing spears of similar thickness ensures even cooking.
  • Love garlic? Roast whole cloves with the oven-roasted asparagus for a softer, sweeter flavor.
  • Experiment with spices like chili flakes or herbs like rosemary for a different twist.

In essence, 

Baked asparagus is your go-to for a quick, healthy, and flavorful side dish. It’s easy enough for weeknights but fancy enough for dinner parties. Give it a try, and watch those green spears disappear!


About Author

Chris Baker

Chris Baker

I'm Christopher Baker, also known as "Mr. Crumbly Cookies." My journey into gluten-free baking began as a personal quest for wellness, not a business venture. My goal is to raise awareness about gluten-related issues and promote healthier choices. Being "Mr. Crumbly Cookies" reflects my dedication to providing delicious, gluten-free options and inspiring others to embrace a healthier lifestyle, one cookie at a time.

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