Roasted Asparagus – Fresh and seasoned asparagus baked in the oven until tender. Simple, healthy and delicious. Makes the perfect addition to any meal!
This roasted asparagus is one of my favorite side dishes and pairs perfectly with any meal. Some of my favorite dishes to serve this roasted asparagus recipe with are bruschetta chicken, easy grilled chicken and steak.
Oven roasted asparagus
Oven roasted asparagus (along with baked vegetables or parmesan broccoli) is one of my absolute favorite vegetables! If you don’t like asparagus (or have never tried it), you need to try this recipe! It’s so simple and delicious. I even converted my asparagus hating husband into liking it. :) We make this roasted asparagus recipe at least once a month. It’s the perfect addition to any meal.
How long do you bake asparagus at 400?
I like to bake the oven roasted asparagus at 400°F for about 10 to 12 minutes. For crunchier or more tender asparagus, I would adjust the baking time by about 2 minutes depending on your preference.
How do you know when asparagus goes bad?
Before baking, it’s definitely important to make sure your asparagus hasn’t gone bad. It’s pretty easy to tell when it’s fresh vs. bad. Just pay attention to the color of the asparagus…if it’s a really dark green and is no longer vibrant, it’s probably bad. Another way to tell is to closely look at the tips of the asparagus. The tips should be crisp and pointy. If you touch the tips with your fingers and they are mushy and break off, your asparagus has most likely gone bad.
Ways to season roasted asparagus
Sea Salt & Pepper: This roasted asparagus has plenty of flavor when seasoned with just sea salt and pepper. The simple combination really helps bring out the natural flavor of the asparagus.
Balsamic: My favorite way to eat roasted asparagus is to drizzle with balsamic glaze and top with parmesan cheese.
Lemon: Roasted asparagus and lemon is a fresh and delicious combination. Right before serving, drizzle with lemon juice and add a small amount of lemon zest if desired.
Garlic: Before roasting, add minced garlic or garlic powder for a more fragrant tasting asparagus.
Soy Sauce: Soy sauce is actually a great way to add flavor when roasting asparagus. Just add 1-2 tablespoons and coat asparagus before roasting. You could also add in some honey and garlic, too.
Butter: To take a more traditional route, you could just drizzle some melted butter over the asparagus before roasting. Feel free to add in extra seasonings too, like garlic or seasoned salt.
Roasted Asparagus Recipe
- 10 ounces thin asparagus (ends trimmed)
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher or seasalt
- 1/8 teaspoon crushed black pepper
Optional for serving: shaved parmesan cheese and balsamic glaze
- Preheat the oven to 400°F.
- Place asparagus onto a baking sheet. Drizzle olive oil over the top (you can also use a olive oil spray to coat the tops). Sprinkle salt and pepper evenly over top.
- Bake roasted asparagus for 10-12 minutes, or until tender.
- Add parmesan cheese and a balsamic glaze if desired. Add more S&P, to taste if needed. Enjoy oven roasted asparagus while hot!