Oven-roasted asparagus is one of the quickest and simplest side dishes you can make!
Asparagus is so versatile – you can make it as a quick and easy side dish for weeknight dinners, or serve it as a side for an elegant meal or holiday dinner. And it’s so easy that you can dedicate your time and effort to those other dishes that require a bit more of your attention.
Why You’ll Love Oven-Roasted Asparagus
Healthy – Asparagus is high in nutrition and low on calories! It is a great source of fiber, antioxidants, folate, and Vitamins A and K.
Simple – This dish requires very little; asparagus, plus a little salt and olive oil. It requires minimal prep time, and cooks quickly.
Beautiful Presentation – Asparagus always looks great on a plate. It dresses up a weeknight dinner, and perfectly complements special occasion meals.
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How To Make Oven-Roasted Asparagus
- Prep the asparagus – Wash and dry your asparagus stalks, and trim off the woody ends.
- Prep for roasting – Place the asparagus on a sheet pan and drizzle with a small amount of olive oil. toss lightly, or use your hands to coat the asparagus. Use just a drizzle so the asparagus doesn’t get greasy.
- Lightly salt the asparagus and bake for about 5 minutes. You may need a few extra minutes for thicker asparagus.
Oven-Roasted Asparagus Cooking Tips
- Start with 5 minutes of cooking time and adjust as needed. Thicker stalks will require longer cook times, but be careful not to over cook so they retain their crispness.
- Add minced roasted garlic and a bit of lemon juice for extra flavor.
- Add herbs for an extra flavor boost. A few that pair well with asparagus are dill, chives, lemon balm, and tarragon.
- You can use avocado oil instead of olive oil if you’d like.
- Garnish with a coarse salt and a twirl of lemon zest.
- You can roast asparagus in an air fryer if you prefer.
What To Serve With Oven-Roasted Asparagus
Oven-roasted asparagus pairs well with almost anything. From eggs to fish, this is a versatile vegetable that can be served for every occasion. Below are some of our favorite proteins to pair with your oven roasted asparagus. To round out your meal, serve with delicious warm bread or rolls.
- Steak With Peppercorn Sauce or any steak
- Filet Mignon
- Baked Chicken Caprese or roasted chicken thighs
- Beef Wellington
- Roast Turkey
- Braised Beef Short Ribs
- Chicken Wellington
Oven-roasted asparagus can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days. Before storing, let the asparagus come to room temperature. Do not leave asparagus or any food out for longer than two hours. If you need to freeze left over asparagus, you can freeze it in an airtight container in the freezer for up to a month.
How To Reheat Oven-Roasted Asparagus
The best way to reheat asparagus is to let it come to room temperature first. To reheat in the microwave, place on a microwavable plate and cook on high for a minute. If it is not heated through, cook for an additional 30 to 60 seconds. To reheat in the air fryer, preheat to 350, place asparagus in the basket, and cook for 2-3 minutes or until heated through. Be careful not to overcook. To reheat in the oven, place in an oven-safe dish and bake at 350 for about 5 minutes, or until heated through.
- 1 lb fresh asparagus stalks, trimmed
- 2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil (just enough to coat the asparagus)
- 1 tsp coarse salt
- 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 400F and place the asparagus on a sheet pan.
- Drizzle the extra-virgin olive oil over the asparagus stalks (not too much or your asparagus will get greasy; just enough to coat it lightly) and sprinkle them generously with coarse salt. Toss the asparagus with your hands, then put them in one layer.
- Roast it for approximately five minutes or until it's crisp-tender (see notes below).
Don’t cook the asparagus too long as you don’t want to lose its crispness entirely – you’re shooting for crisp-tender. The size of the asparagus will have a lot to do with how long you leave it in – very thin stalks might take just three minutes, where thick stalks might take seven or eight. Just check it often and it will be perfect!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 30Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 398mgCarbohydrates: 3gNet Carbohydrates: 1gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 2g
This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix.
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