Baked Asparagus With Parmesan

Baked asparagus with olive oil and Parmesan cheese. Easy and elegant!

A platter of oven roasted asparagus.
Alison Bickel

Are you ready for asparagus season?

This has to be one of the easiest ways to cook asparagus. Just trim the ends, lay out on a foil lined baking sheet, toss with olive oil, sprinkle with salt, pepper, and Parmesan, and then bake until done. I eat them like French fries. Addictive? Yes.

They're a perfect side to salmon, scallops, shrimp, or ham and delicious with eggs of any kind—poached, fried, or hard boiled.

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How to Make Baked Asparagus with Parmesan

A platter of oven roasted asparagus.
Alison Bickel

Choosing Fresh Asparagus

Look for asparagus stalks that are a rich green color that gets lighter at the bottom of the stalk. The stalks should be firm, not wilted or brittle with splitting ends. The tips should be tight, not starting to spread.

Asparagus can range in size, so choose stalks of a uniform length and thickness for even cooking time.

Storing Fresh Asparagus

The best way to store fresh asparagus if you're not cooking it immediately is to treat it like a bouquet of flowers, including trimming a little off the bottoms. The trimmed ends need to be kept wet but the stalks need to be kept dry.

Put fresh asparagus stalks in a glass and add enough water so the bottoms of the stalks are submerged an inch deep. Place a plastic bag over the glass and place it in the refrigerator. The asparagus should keep firm for two or three days this way.

Alternately, you can dampen a paper towel and wrap it around the bottom of the stalks, then put the stalks in a zip top bag. Store in the crisper for two to three days.

Ways to Improvise This Recipe

  • Add garlic powder or fresh minced garlic to the Parmesan cheese.
  • Add the Parmesan cheese and some Italian seasonings to panko and sprinkle that on the asparagus in Step 2.
  • Switch out the Parmesan cheese for another hard cheese such as Grana Padano, Pecorino, Emmental, or Gruyere.

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From the Editors Of Simply Recipes

Baked Asparagus With Parmesan

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Servings 2 to 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound asparagus

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse or chunky kosher salt, or to taste

  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper, or to taste

  • 1/2 cup loosely packed (40g) grated Parmesan cheese, or to taste

Method

  1. Prep the asparagus:

    Preheat oven or air fryer, if using, to 400°F. Break or cut off the woody ends of the asparagus spears. For an added touch, if you want you can use a vegetable peeler to peel the skins off the base of the asparagus spears for a more elegant presentation.

  2. Add olive oil, salt, pepper, cheese:

    Arrange the asparagus spears on a foil-lined baking sheet and coat with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and Parmesan.

    If using the air fryer, coat the asparagus with olive oil then place in a single layer in the fryer basket. Sprinkle the salt, paper, and Parmesan on top.

    A baking tray with asparagus topped with parmesan to show how to cook asparagus in the oven.
    Alison Bickel
  3. Bake:

    Bake at 400°F until the cheese begins to brown, about 8-10 minutes.

    A baking tray with asparagus topped with parmesan to show how to cook asparagus in the oven.
    Alison Bickel
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
137 Calories
10g Fat
6g Carbs
6g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2 to 4
Amount per serving
Calories 137
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 11mg 4%
Sodium 399mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 9mg 44%
Calcium 133mg 10%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 277mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.