Roasted Asparagus

Roasted Asparagus is a delicious and easy side dish that complements any meal. With some simple ingredients and a few minutes in the oven, it becomes a flavorful and crispy dish.

Spears of cooked asparagus on a plate.

What We Love About This Asparagus Recipe:

  • It’s Easy: We love to cook asparagus in the oven, because it’s basically hands off once the prep work is finished. That means more time to work on the main dish. It’s one of our favorite ways to prepare fresh asparagus.
  • Customizable: Enjoy it with a little olive oil, salt, and pepper. Or, jazz it up with a spritz of lemon juice, minced garlic, and some shredded parmesan cheese.
  • Different Ways to Serve It: I’ve been known to eat a serving of baked asparagus all by itself, but it’s even better paired with a main dish. We love it with English Muffin Breakfast SandwichesButter Parmesan NoodlesGrilled Chicken, or Baked Mahi Mahi.

Prepare the Asparagus:

See the recipe card below for ingredient amounts and full instructions.

  1. Wash the asparagus, and pat it dry with paper towels or a clean kitchen towel. It’s important to dry the asparagus well, so it doesn’t steam. Trim off the woody ends of asparagus, and transfer to a large, rimmed baking sheet. Arrange the asparagus in a single layer.
  2. Drizzle the asparagus with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake at 425°F for 10-15 minutes or until it reaches the desired doneness. The cooking time varies depending on the thickness of the spears.
  3. Serve as is or sprinkle with freshly grated parmesan cheese and a spritz of lemon juice! It pairs well with Teriyaki SalmonEgg Casserole, or Chicken Caprese.
Top down view of asparagus spears on a baking sheet.
Top down view of seasoned asparagus on a pan.

Recipe Variations:

  • Add bacon: Crumbled bacon adds extra flavor and texture to this simple asparagus recipe.
  • Sprinkle with cheese: Use a sprinkling of your favorite cheese to make this a cheesy side dish option.
  • Add extra veggies: Make Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Asparagus by adding some fresh brussels sprouts.
  • More flavor: Add minced garlic, onion powder, or garlic powder. When cooking asparagus in oven, you’ll want to wait until just before the asparagus finishes roasting before adding it. Otherwise, the minced garlic may burn.
  • Make a sauce: Take a few minutes and make a hollandaise sauce or balsamic glaze. You can also toss the asparagus in a bit of balsamic vinegar.

Storage Instructions:

Refrigerator: To store leftover oven roasted asparagus, let it cool completely, then transfer to an airtight container. Store in the fridge for 3-4 days. 

Reheating: When ready to enjoy, reheat in the oven at 425°F for about 5 minutes or use cold in salads or pasta dishes. Prolonged storage may make the texture slightly softer than freshly roasted.

Roasted asparagus on a black plate.

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Roasted asparagus on a square plate.

Roasted Asparagus

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Author: Kim
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings


  • 1 pound asparagus, thick ends trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil, avocado or olive
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  • Preheat the oven, to 425°F.
  • Pat the asparagus dry with paper towels, and transfer to a large, rimmed baking sheet.
    1 pound asparagus
  • Spread the asparagus in an even layer, then drizzle with oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
    2 tablespoons cooking oil
    Salt and pepper
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes or until the asparagus reaches the desired doneness.
  • Remove from the oven, and serve immediately with your favorite entree.
  • Scroll up and see the post for variations and storage recommendations.

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*The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of ¼ pound of asparagus. Actual calories will vary.
*For more information, tips, and answers to frequently asked questions, please refer to the post.
*If the asparagus is very thin, adjust the cook time to 5-10 minutes. For very thick asparagus, cook for 12-17 minutes.


Serving: 0.25poundCalories: 86kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 3gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gSodium: 90mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1g
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