How to Cook Asparagus
Roasted asparagus in the oven is one of the easiest way to prepare asparagus. Just coat the asparagus with a little olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and maybe a little minced garlic, and roast them until lightly browned and tender.
If you want to take the roasted asparagus up a notch, when they're done, drizzle them with a little lemon juice or balsamic vinegar or sprinkle them with some freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
Tip for Roasted Asparagus
Have you ever had roasted asparagus turn out tough and stringy? The best way to avoid that is to use the fat spears, not the skinny ones, for roasting. The skinny ones will dry out too quickly in the high heat of the oven.
More Great Asparagus Recipes
For best results for roasting asparagus, use thick asparagus spears, not skinny ones. The thin ones will dry out too quickly and will end up tough and stringy.
1 pound asparagus spears (thick spears are best for roasting)
1-2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
Kosher salt, to taste
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Lemon juice or balsamic vinegar, to taste
Preheat oven and prep asparagus:
Preheat your oven to 400°F (205°C). Rinse the asparagus spears. If the ends are tough, break them off and either discard or save for stock. You can also use a vegetable peeler to peel away the tough outer skin of the fatter ends of the asparagus if you want.
Drizzle asparagus with olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic:
Line a roasting pan with foil. Arrange the asparagus spears in a single layer on the lined roasting pan.
Drizzle with olive oil and rub the spears all over with the olive oil to coat. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and minced garlic, and rub over the asparagus spears to evenly distribute.
Roast in oven:
Roast at 400°F (205°C) for 10 minutes, more or less, depending on your particular oven and how thick the spears are, until the asparagus are just lightly browned and tender when you pierce them with a fork.
Drizzle with lemon juice or balsamic to serve:
To serve, drizzle with fresh lemon juice or balsamic vinegar, and if you want, a sprinkling of grated Parmesan cheese (skip if cooking vegan).
|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 7g||9%|
|Saturated Fat 1g||5%|
|Total Carbohydrate 6g||2%|
|Dietary Fiber 3g||9%|
|Total Sugars 2g|
|Vitamin C 9mg||45%|
|*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.|