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posted: 05/16/19

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This Oven Roasted Asparagus recipe is only a few ingredients, comes together easily, and roasts up perfectly while you are making your main dish. If you think you don’t like asparagus, you need to try this baked asparagus recipe!

Love asparagus and bacon? Make my Bacon Wrapped Asparagus!

blue oval plate with oven roasted asparagus and vintage serving fork underneath

I love roasted asparagus so much. At least once a week in the summer I eat an entire bunch by myself. I am slowly but surely getting my kids to fall in love with it too. If you aren’t a fan of asparagus, it’s possible that you just haven’t had it prepared correctly.

Buckle up, because this asparagus recipe is going to make you fall in love.

Asparagus in the oven  is easy to prepare and compliments so many dishes perfectly. I made this as a side to some oven fried fish, but this is great next to so many recipes.

Why You Will Love this Oven Roasted Asparagus

  • It’s the perfect side dish.
  • It’s versatile. Leave out the lemon if you don’t like that, or add parmesan if you are craving some cheese!
  • Minimal prep time.
  • The roasting brings out the perfect flavor and will make you fall in love!

Picking the Perfect Asparagus

Make sure when you are buy asparagus that you look for bunches where most to all the stems look plump. If there are stems that look wrinkly in there, move along. You also want asparagus that looks fresh at the top and not wilted.

a bunch of asparagus on a cutting board with a small amount cut off the bottoms

How to Store Asparagus

If you aren’t making this roasted asparagus recipe the day you come home from the grocery store, you are going to want to store it in your refrigerator.

  • Give the asparagus a little trim.
  • Put it in a glass with just an inch or two of water. No need to fill the whole glass.
  • Store the glass in the refrigerator until you are ready to use.
bunch of asparagus in a mason jar with a little water to store in the refrigerator

Cutting Your Asparagus

When you are ready to make your baked asparagus, take the jar out of the refrigerator. Give the asparagus a light wash.

You want to take off a bit of the bottom, so you are left with just the fleshy part of the asparagus and none of the woody stem. As you can see in the photo below and the video in the recipe card, asparagus makes it super helpful to know where to cut off the base. You can just snap it and it will naturally break where the edible portion begins.

woman holding asparagus and snapping the bottom part of the stem off

Either snap all of the asparagus, or snap one piece and use it as a guide as to where to cut the rest. You can see that the first asparagus is the one I snapped and I am using the rest to guide where to cut.

woman using a knife to cut off the woody bottoms of asparagus

Or you can just snap all of them. It takes a little longer, but there’s something satisfying about it.

bunch of asparagus on a wood cutting board with woody bottoms snapped off to make oven roasted asparagus

How to Cook Asparagus

  1. Grab your freshly washed and snapped asparagus.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Coat the asparagus with olive oil. After making these two times you will have a sense of how much you need and you won’t need to measure in the future.
  4. Add a little fresh lemon zest and some lemon juice.
  5. Add some garlic salt.
  6. Toss gently with your hands. Throw them in the oven.
oven roasted asparagus on a baking sheet

Turns Out Asparagus is Also Good For You

Asparagus is healthy and has a lot of great health benefits.

  • Its full of great vitamins and minerals. Asparagus is rich in iron
  • Asparagus is low in calories, but a great filling side dish.
  • It is full of great fiber too.

The Best Asparagus for Specialty Diets

If you are hosting someone with a speciality diet, this is the perfect side dish because this asparagus recipe is:

  • Keto & Low Carb
  • Gluten Free
  • Vegan
close up of asparagus that was cooked in the oven

This Baked Asparagus Makes the Perfect Side Dish

This makes such a great side dish to so many dinner recipes:

If you make this or any of the other great recipes listed here, make sure to leave me a comment and let me know!

oven baked asparagus soon a blue platee sprinkled with parsley and parmesan
5 from 2 votes

Oven Roasted Asparagus Recipe

Serves: 4 people
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Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
This Oven Roasted Asparagus recipe is only a few ingredients, comes together easily, and roasts up perfectly while you are making your main dish. If you think you don't like asparagus, you need to try this baked asparagus recipe! 

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch asparagus washed and trimmed (see note)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set a side.
  • Place the asparagus on the baking sheet.  Add olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, and garlic salt.  Toss lightly.  Spread into an even layer.
  • Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until the asparagus is fork tender.

Notes

You can easily snap the ends of the asparagus off, and this allows you to make sure you get all of the tough end off.  If you want it to have a nice clean look, trim them once you’ve snapped them.
Calories: 48kcal (2%) Carbohydrates: 4g (1%) Protein: 2g (4%) Fat: 3g (5%) Monounsaturated Fat: 2g Sodium: 122mg (5%) Potassium: 169mg (5%) Fiber: 2g (8%) Sugar: 2g (2%) Vitamin A: 600IU (12%) Vitamin C: 13.2mg (16%) Calcium: 20mg (2%) Iron: 1.8mg (10%)
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American

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  1. Amy @Belly Full says

    My favorite green vegetable!

    • Bereket says

      Can tell me how money degree is oven heat ?

      • Lisa Longley says

        375 degrees

  2. Kristen says

    5 stars
    Perfect timing, I have a bunch of asparagus in my fridge that I needed a quick recipe for. This was PERFECT

    • Lisa Longley says

      Oooo, I hope you love this!

  3. Melissa Howell says

    5 stars
    This is my kids’ favorite! I hated asparagus when I was a child, but my kids love it! I had no idea it was so darn easy to make! We also like it with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. And the lemon for sure!

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