Roasted Asparagus is the first green vegetable I loved as a kid. With its tender stalks and crispy tips, baked asparagus has the potential to open the way for more vegetables on your plate!
My Grammy introduced me to roasted asparagus. She’d let me help snap off the ends to prep it for cooking.
Later when I was old enough, she passed me the potholder and let me wiggle the pan halfway through cooking so that the asparagus would roast evenly.
I loved watching the asparagus spears roll a bit in the olive oil, then caramelize under the oven’s heat.
While Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Roasted Broccoli took me until adulthood to embrace, savory fresh asparagus and I got along right away.
Could it have been that my Grammy usually turned it into roasted asparagus Parmesan? Surely that couldn’t have hurt.
Today, roasted vegetables are on the menu almost nightly in our home.
We shift between Roasted Butternut Squash, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Roasted Zucchini, Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Garlic, and even roasted Cabbage Steaks depending upon the season and how long I have for dinner prep.
When it comes to roasted vegetables that can be on the table fast, roasted asparagus is hard to beat.
At 425 degrees F, roasted asparagus cooks in 9 to 15 minutes, depending upon the size of your asparagus stalks.
Combine the quick cook time with how fast asparagus is to prep, and you have the makings for a go-to healthy side pronto.
I’m a fanatic for vegetables with stellar texture. This is the absolute best way to roast asparagus.
With how fast it’s ready, you are going to be making it a lot. I’ve included a few of my favorite ways to season roasted asparagus below, so you can keep yours feeling exciting and new.
Tips to Baked Asparagus
When you’re not having Air Fryer Asparagus, baking perfect roast asparagus comes down to a few easy but essential tips.
Trim the Asparagus Properly
The ends of asparagus are tough and woody and must be removed prior to roasting.
While cutting the entire bunch of asparagus at once is fastest, the results do not turn out as well as if you bend and break each spear individually.
Every stalk of asparagus has a slightly different breaking point where the woody end starts. If you cut the whole bunch at once, you’ll waste edible flesh of some spears, while missing the woody parts of others, resulting in a few stringy bites.
Don’t Crowd the Pan
This is the cardinal rule for all roasted vegetables, whether we’re talking about Oven Roasted Potatoes, Roasted Tomatoes, or Roasted Brussels Sprouts.
If you crowd the pan, the air won’t circulate properly and the vegetables will steam instead of roast and won’t become as crispy.
For perfect, crispy asparagus, make sure the spears aren’t touching one another.
Season and Oil
Proper seasoning is critical to helping food taste its best, and roasted vegetables are no exception.
Be sure to use kosher salt (which has a better, more natural taste than table salt) at a minimum.
For more variation, add black pepper or try one of the other recipe variations listed below.
As with proper seasoning, make sure you use enough olive oil to give the spears a light coating on all sides. If you don’t, the spears’ tender tips (the best part!) will burn.
Roasting is one of the healthiest ways to cook asparagus. Don’t worry about using olive oil; it’s critical to making it taste delicious (meaning you will eat more of those nutrient-dense servings!). Plus olive oil is high in antioxidants and beneficial fats.
Roast at a High Temperature
I tested roasted asparagus at 350, 375, 400, 425, and 450.
- 425 degrees F is the ideal oven temperature for roasting asparagus. The high heat yields the crispy outside, caramelized inside texture we are looking for, without burning the spears.
If you are baking other dishes with the asparagus in the oven and need to tweak the oven temperature to accommodate, my second recommendation would be asparagus at 400.
If you overcook asparagus, it will become mushy and it can burn. It happens more quickly than you’d expect.
- The best way to tell if asparagus is done and to keep it from becoming soggy is to pierce it with a fork. As soon as the fork can pierce the stalks easily, the asparagus is done.
How to Make Roasted Asparagus
Asparagus is one of the easiest vegetables to roast.
In the spring when it’s in peak season, we make it twice a week.
Asparagus is also good for you! It’s low in calories and rich in fiber, folate, and numerous vitamins (and has a fair amount of protein for a green vegetable).
I think we all should cook it more often, don’t you?
- Remove the woody ends of the asparagus (see “How to Prep Asparagus for Roasting” above for more details).
- Place on a baking sheet and toss with olive oil and seasonings.
- Bake at 425 degrees F for 9 to 11 minutes (thin stalks) or 15 to 20 minutes (thick stalks). Finish with your desired toppings, and ENJOY!
How to Season Asparagus
Here are some tasty ways to season roasted asparagus.
- Roasted Asparagus Parmesan. Sprinkle the roasted asparagus with freshly grated Parmesan cheese just before serving. You also can sprinkle on the cheese, then pop the asparagus back into the oven for a minute or two if you’d like the cheese more melty.
- Roasted Asparagus with Lemon. Add a thinly sliced lemon to the pan with the asparagus prior to roasting. Finish the dish with an extra squeeze of fresh lemon juice and lemon zest.
- Spicy Roasted Asparagus. Add a pinch of red pepper flakes. This variation is especially good combined with the lemon and Parmesan suggested above.
- Balsamic Roasted Asparagus. Drizzle the asparagus with 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar during the last few minutes of cooking.
- Herbed Roasted Asparagus. Add dried herbs like basil, oregano, or Italian seasoning (before roasting) or finish with chopped fresh herbs like parsley (after roasting).
- Nutty Roasted Asparagus. Top the asparagus with a sprinkle of toasted slivered almonds, chopped toasted pecans, or toasted pine nuts.
- Caramelized Onion Roasted Asparagus. Caramelize 1 large red onion. Place the asparagus on a serving platter and top with the onion.
- Garlic Asparagus. Sprinkle and toss the asparagus in garlic powder prior to roasting.
Prefer to make asparagus on the grill instead? Try this scrumptious Grilled Asparagus recipe.
Oven Roasted Asparagus Storage Tips
- To Store. Refrigerate asparagus in an airtight storage container for up to 4 days.
- To Reheat. Rewarm leftovers on a baking sheet in the oven at 350 degrees F.
Recommended Tools to Make this Recipe
- Rimmed Baking Sheet. Ideal for making roasted asparagus.
- Citrus Juicer. My easy method for juicing lemons and limes.
- Parchment Paper. Makes cleanup a breeze.
If you have vegetable skeptics in your family, this roasted asparagus can be a gateway for them, the way it was for me (this Bacon Wrapped Asparagus is likely to help your cause too).
With its fast prep, tender stalks, and crispy tips, I hope this simple, spectacular roasted vegetable becomes as regular on your menu as it is on ours this time of year.
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