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We love nothing more than an easy side dish and it is simple to learn how to cook asparagus in the oven. Roasted asparagus is so tender and loaded with flavor for a really delicious side dish in minutes.

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

how to cook asparagus in the oven

Once you learn how to cook asparagus in the oven, you are going to want to make this all the time. Asparagus is a family favorite, especially when it is on sale and we can snag it for a good price.

This roasted asparagus recipe is one of our favorite ways to cook asparagus. Today, I wanted to show you how to cook asparagus in the oven.

Just because you are using your oven, doesn’t mean you are going to take a long time. This easy side dish is ready in 10 minutes!

It really is so quick and easy and your family can enjoy a great side dish. Even during busy weeknights this side dish can easily be put together.

You will love how quick it is! A healthy and delicious side dish in 10 minutes? Yes please!

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

Cooking Asparagus in the oven is delicious!

As long as you do not not overcook asparagus, you can have a delicious side dish with hardly any work! I like to top it with some fresh cherry tomatoes to make this side dish even more delicious.

If you are afraid of asparagus, then today is the day to try it. It is so delicious and as long as you keep it slightly crisp, even the kids will love it.

I have had the pickiest eaters (adults included) admit that they love roasted asparagus. My favorite part is that you can have a healthy and delicious side dish cooked in 10 minutes!

Everyone will love this! Give it a try and let us know what you think. The flavor is amazing and so delicious.

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound of fresh asparagus
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic salt (Minced garlic and garlic powder also work.)
  • cherry tomatoes (optional but so delicious)

You only need a few simple ingredients to make this easy side dish. It is super easy but so flavorful.

How to Cook Asparagus in the oven:

First, preheat the oven.

how to trim asparagus

Next, line a cookie sheet with foil.

Lay asparagus on the cookies sheet in an even layer to roast the asparagus.

Drizzle lightly with olive oil and seasoning.

Season liberally with garlic salt.

Slice tomatoes in half and top the asparagus. Salt and pepper to taste. Sea Salt also is a great option.

Sometimes we also add Parmesan cheese. It is a super easy recipe to adapt to what you have.

How can you tell if asparagus is cooked?

Cook for 10 minutes until asparagus darkens slightly and is tender. Do NOT overcook. Your asparagus should still be crisp. It will continue cook as it sits.

This is the key! You don’t want soggy and limp asparagus.

It only takes a few minutes to cook and you want it still crispy. The kids actually will eat it if it is crispy. They might just surprise you!

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven
Money Saving Tip for roasted asparagus parmesan:

Asparagus can be expensive if you are not shopping smart. Only make asparagus when it is on sale and in season. Normally you will get the best prices from August to November.

Make sure you download our What in Season? Printable – Free Calendar of Fruits and Vegetables in Season, so you will know when produce is in season and at its lowest price.

We love to save money and easy recipes like this really help to keep our grocery budget reasonable and our families happy. It is possible to save time and money while serving your family great meals.

By shopping when things are on sale I save money on groceries and it really helps our budget. Saving money and feeding a big family can be accomplished.

I cut our grocery bill by 50% off by following these 8 Tips for for Saving Money on Groceries by Menu Planning! Save that money for something else!

It is possible to feed your family healthy and delicious meals while also saving money. You will love this easy side dish and if you grab it on sale, it is very frugal.

What goes good with asparagus?

There are so many great meals that are quick and easy and go with this baked asparagus.

The best way to celebrate asparagus season! This easy bacon wrapped asparagus is made in the oven and ready in a flash. A perfect summer side dish.

Are you looking for the perfect vegetable side dish that will wow your guests at your next dinner party? Look no further than Bacon Wrapped Asparagus. Not only is it gorgeous on the plate, it’s easy to put together and always a crowd pleaser.

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

How could it not be? Bacon wrapped anything is always a win.

How do you make Bacon Wrapped Asparagus in the oven?

First things first, you’re going to want to trim the asparagus. This is really easy to do. Just snap off the woodsy ends. They are just too tough to eat.

Next, divide the asparagus into 5 – 6 equal groups. This will be dependent on how many asparagus spears you have and how thick they are. If they are thinner spears 5 is great, if they are on the thicker side groups of 3 would probably be a bit better.

Wrap each bundle with a thick slice of bacon. Start in the middle of the bundle and keep wrapping until you reach the end of the bacon slice.

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

DES’ TIP: Overlapping the bacon at the end will help secure it around the asparagus. It also helps to bake the asparagus seam side down.

At this point I like to drizzle each bundle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. The bacon will definitely add some saltiness to the dish so go easy on the salt.

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

Finally, bake the asparagus at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for about 30 minutes. This will vary depending on a few things: The thickness of the asparagus, the thickness of the bacon and your desired doneness of the bacon. Just keep an eye on it.

DES’ TIP: As much as we like crispy bacon around here at breakfast time, it’s best to let it be a little chewier with this recipe. If it’s too crisp it will simply snap of the asparagus.

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

Can you make bacon wrapped asparagus on the grill?

Absolutely! The first time that I had bacon wrapped asparagus it was made on the grill. It’ll take less time, about 10 minutes and you’ll want to turn it halfway through so that the bacon cooks evenly.

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

Can you make this recipe ahead of time?

Yes! You can prepare and wrap the asparagus ahead of time and the simply put it in the oven when you’re ready.

How do you reheat leftovers?

The same way you cooked it the first time! Simply place it on a foil lined baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees just until warmed through, 5 minutes or so.

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Updated: April 18, 2020 / First Posted: April 18, 2020 Amy Palanjian Leave a Comment

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

Turning a bunch of asparagus into a crazy delicious (and super easy!) side dish is almost fool-proof when you use this straight forward method for how to cook asparagus in the oven. Trust, me, this is one veggie that’s hard not to eat straight off the pan!

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

Easy Roasted Asparagus Recipe

When I learned how to cook asparagus in the oven, it was like a lightbulb went off. This method is so easy because all you do is to toss the asparagus with a little oil, sprinkle, with salt, and let the heat from the oven soften up the stalks. They even get a little sweet as they roast! Plus, you can scale it up or down depending on how much of this roasted asparagus recipe you want to serve—and serve it cut, long, or in small pieces for the kids.

Ingredients in Roasted Asparagus

To make this recipe you just need asparagus, olive oil, and salt. So easy!

How to Cook Asparagus in the OvenHow to Cook Asparagus in the Oven Step-by-Step

Here’s a look at how this method of roasting asparagus works. Scroll down to the bottom of this post for the full info.

  1. Choose your bunch of asparagus.
  2. Wash, pat dry, and snap off the ends. Usually, there’s an area of the ends that’s white/grayish and it naturally snaps off. So go to that area, start to snap, and it will break at just the right spot like magic!
  3. Line a baking sheet with foil. This makes clean up a breeze! (You can skip this step if you don’t mind washing your pan.) Toss the asparagus with oil and salt.
  4. Set the timer for the lower end of the time range in the recipe and test for doneness. I like to poke the point of a paring knife through the middle of a spear. If it slides in easily and the spears are bright green, they’re done!
  5. You can serve the spears long—most kids like to pick them up and eat them that way—or slice into smaller rounds which may be easier to chew for younger eaters.

TIP: Thick and thin spears taste the same, but keep in mind that the super skinny ones cook really fast—so adjust the coking time if that’s what you find at the store. This recipe is meant for spears of a traditional thickness, but it’s easy to adjust as needed!

How long do I bake asparagus in the oven?

The range for this recipe is 12-14 minutes, though it could be a little less or a little more (though it won’t be much more since it cooks quickly!) depending on the thickness of the asparagus. I like to start checking it at 12 minutes and if it’s not quite soft enough, return it to the oven in 2 minute increments.

What temperature is best for baking asparagus in the oven?

I cook asparagus in the oven at 375 degrees F since I find this slightly lower temperature easier to control—there’s a little less likelihood that the asparagus will overcook, yet it ensures that the spears are tender all the way through without too much browning.

How to Cook Asparagus in the OvenEasy Asparagus Side Dish Recipe

Once you learn how to cook asparagus in the oven, you can turn to the method for any night when you need a simple side dish to go with family dinner. This roasted asparagus recipe pairs nicely with fish like salmon and shrimp, but is also delicious alongside burgers. Really, it’s very flexible!

Easy Oven-Roasted Asparagus

I make this roasted asparagus recipe a lot in the spring and we have it as a side as much as we have it in simple main dish dinners. So I like to toss it with buttered pasta or ravioli and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Or chop the roasted asparagus and fold it into scrambled eggs. Or add it to an array of taco fillings or put it on top of pizza.

TIP: If you think your kids might be hesitant to try it, try sprinkling a little cheese on top right when it comes out of the oven and/or letting them pick up long spears with their fingers. It’s a really fun way to eat their veggies!

Tips for the Best Oven-Roasted Asparagus

  • For the freshest tasting asparagus, eat it within a day or two of bringing it home from the store.
  • To store asparagus in the fridge, store stems standing upright in a mason jar or vase like flowers. You just need an inch or two of water in the container. This keeps the stalks super fresh!
  • Set your oven time for the lower end of the time range and check for doneness with a paring knife and cook a little more as needed.
  • Cut into smaller pieces or leave long as you like.
  • Top with grated or shredded cheese if you like.
  • Serve as a simple side dish or stir into scrambled eggs or pasta.

I’d love to hear your feedback if you try this recipe, so please comment below to share!

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

Oven-Roasted Asparagus

  • Author: Amy Palanjian
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 12
  • Total Time: 17 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4 – 6 1 x
  • Category: Side
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Description

I’m assuming medium asparagus with about a dime-size diameter here. If you have super skinny pencil-like asparagus (or skinnier!) reduce the cooking time by a few minutes.

Ingredients

  • 2 bunches asparagus
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoons salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and line a baking sheet with foil.
  2. Wash and pat dry the asparagus. Snap off the ends that are gray/white discard. Start to break the spears in that area of the stem and it will naturally break just where it’s supposed to. This removes the less tender part of the stalk.
  3. Place asparagus onto the prepared baking sheet and toss with oil. Sprinkle with salt.
  4. Bake for 12-15 minutes, adjusting the time down a few minutes if your asparagus is super skinny. (12-14 is usually perfect for classic medium thickness spears.) You can use a paring knife to poke into the center of a spear to make sure it’s nice and tender, or simply remove one from the pan and taste it!
  5. Serve warm as a side dish or tossed into pasta, ravioli, rice, or a salad.

Notes

Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

For the freshest tasting asparagus, eat it within a day or two of bringing it home from the store.

To store asparagus in the fridge, store stems standing upright in a mason jar or vase like flowers. You just need an inch or two of water in the container. This keeps the stalks super fresh!

Set your oven time for the lower end of the time range and check for doneness with a paring knife and cook a little more as needed.

Cut into smaller pieces or leave long as you like.

Top with grated or shredded cheese if you like.

Serve as a simple side dish or stir into scrambled eggs or pasta.

One of the best spring produce is asparagus, with its long juicy spears and it subtle delicate flavor. There are many ways of cooking asparagus and preparing them in an oven is just one of them. In this article we are going to discuss how to cook asparagus in the oven. Read on, for more info.

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

One of the best spring produce is asparagus, with its long juicy spears and it subtle delicate flavor. There are many ways of cooking asparagus and preparing them in an oven is just one of them. In this article we are going to discuss how to cook asparagus in the oven. Read on, for more info…

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

Asparagus is a great spring produce that can be used for cooking main course as well as side dishes. Asparagus are available in a number of varieties from the hardy green ones, to the delicate white ones and of course, the exotic purple asparagus. Whichever variety of asparagus that you choose, make sure that you employ the right cooking method. You also need to choose fresh organic asparagus that has tightly closed tips and whose stalks are firm to get the best flavor in the dish.

Asparagus can be cooked in a number of ways, steamed, stir fried, grilled and sautéed. One of the best ways to prepare asparagus is by roasting them in an oven. But many people are intimidated with the idea of cooking asparagus in the oven, fearing that they will over cook them. Although overcooking asparagus is a major concern, it should not stop you from preparing asparagus in the oven. Here we are going to discuss how to cook asparagus in the oven that tastes flavorsome.

Cooking Asparagus in the Oven with Olive Oil

When cooking asparagus in the oven, there are a few things that you should keep in mind. Roasting asparagus in the oven gives it a nice caramelized flavor, but you need to make sure that you do not overcook it. Asparagus should be roasted only up to that point where it still retains it crunch and texture. Overcooked asparagus tastes mushy and very unappetizing, so keep a check on the oven timer.

Now to cook asparagus in the oven, you need to first clean the asparagus and trim its ends. Just take an asparagus spear in your hand and snap it at a point where the stalk is naturally tough. Snap the rest of the asparagus in the same way. Trim the ends of the asparagus stalk with a vegetable trimmer. If the stalks are not too thick, then you need not trim them at all. Now place all the trimmed asparagus spears inside a plastic bag and add two tablespoons of garlic infused olive oil and half a tablespoon of sea salt.

Seal the plastic bag and shake the contents to coat the asparagus evenly with the oil and salt. Line a baking tray with aluminum foil and place the oil and salt coated asparagus into the baking tray. Arrange the asparagus spears in such a way that they are in a single layer. This will ensure that the asparagus cook evenly. Now place the baking tray inside the preheated oven and bake them for 10-12 minutes at 375º F.

Cooking Asparagus in the Oven with Butter

Another way to cook asparagus in the oven is by using butter instead of olive oil. Although butter is more fattening, there are times when you want to treat yourself. For a special dinner party, serve oven roasted asparagus with lemon butter as a side dish.

To make this recipe, first clean and trim the asparagus spears and place them aside. Melt 1 tablespoon of plain unsalted butter and pour it into a small bowl. Add one tablespoon of lemon zest into the melted butter and one tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice. Mix all the ingredients together so that the flavors infuse harmoniously. Now take a large baking tray and coat it with cooking spray. Arrange the trimmed asparagus into the tray and drizzle it with the lemon butter that you had made earlier. Slow cook in a 375º F oven for 8-10 minutes until the asparagus spears are cooked through. Remove tray from oven and sprinkle the cooked asparagus spears with sea salt and freshly ground pepper before serving.

If you are wondering how long do you cook asparagus in the oven, then anything between 8-12 minutes is sufficient. It really depends upon the thickness of the spears. If the spears are very thin, then 6-7 minutes is sufficient for cooking them. Anything over that will quickly turn it mushy. Cooking asparagus in the oven is one the easiest way to prepare them. So give it a try!

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

Spring is here, and very shortly we’ll see the start of the short British asparagus season in the UK. Of course, asparagus is commonplace these days at the supermarket, but it is always worth hunting out those fresh green spears from a local food market or even fresh from the field.

Once they’re in-hand, however, the question then turns to how to eat or cook them. Here is everything you will ever need to know about how to cook asparagus.

Blanched

When cooking asparagus, you can tie them into little bundles, which makes them easier to remove. Drop these bundles or individual spears into some boiling water, cover and cook for three to five minutes, depending on the thickness of the spears. Take them out, drain and plunge into some ice-cold water, or serve straight away.

Steamed

To steam, place the spears in a steaming basket with a little water underneath. Cover and cook for three minutes.

Griddled

Asparagus loves to be griddled in a pan – simply drizzle with a little olive oil and turn occasionally or try Jamie’s recipe for griddled asparagus with olive oil, lemon and Parmesan.

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

If you’ve got a barbecue going, lightly coat the spears in oil and cook on a medium heat, turning often so that the spears do not burn.

Roasted

Asparagus develops a lovely, rich flavour when roasted and this is probably my favourite method of cooking it. Simply pre-heat the oven to 220°C, gas mark 7, line a tray with foil or baking paper, lay the asparagus spears onto the tray, drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. I also like to add a couple of fresh cloves of garlic and a little freshly grated of lemon zest. Roast for ten minutes. You can use your roasted asparagus to stir through a risotto, or a creamy pasta dish.

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

If you’re serving the roasted asparagus on its own, you can stay simple but go big on flavour with Jamie’s pancetta, anchovy and cherry tomato version.

Stir fried

Asparagus is often used in Asian cooking, either in salads or in stir-fries. It needs only a minute or so in a hot wok, so always remember to add it in towards the end of cooking the rest of your dish. A splash of soy and a sprinkle of sesame seeds work well.

You can, in fact, eat asparagus raw. One of my favourite raw asparagus recipes is Miss Foodwise’s Asparagus ribbons and pomegranate pearls salad.

Raw asparagus is also great with feta cheese and radish. I occasionally add a spear or two to a fresh green smoothie, too.

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

Accompaniments

The best accompaniments for asparagus are olive oil or a little butter – in both cases, season with a little sea salt and fresh black pepper, too. As mentioned, freshly-shaved Parmesan or crumbled feta cheese are great partners, as are little goat’s cheese, or strong cheddars. My British asparagus Westcombe cheddar tart makes for the perfect centrepiece for a spring picnic or lunch. I also make a simple Polish recipe at home called Asparagus á la Polonaise by cooking the asparagus in water seasoned with sugar and salt and then topping it with butter, slightly browned in a pan mixed with fresh breadcrumbs.

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

Asparagus and eggs are a timeless spring combination too. Try dipping fresh spears into a softly boiled egg, or make asparagus soup and top it with a poached egg and a drizzle of olive oil.

It would be a crime not to mention hollandaise – a classic French sauce made of melted butter, fresh egg yolks, lemon juice and a little mustard or a pinch of cayenne – the pairing of which with asparagus is simply heavenly. Follow Izi’s step-by-step guide to making hollandaise sauce here or try my blender hollandaise version for a speedy alternative.

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

Notes on asparagus

Thin spears of asparagus tend to be younger and fresher in flavour, whilst thicker spears will have been left to grow for longer and have a more pronounced flavour.

Try and use your asparagus as soon as possible, but if you don’t use it straight away, a good tip is to store it standing up in a jug of water in the fridge.

For tips on how to prepare your asparagus here’s Jamie’s Food Team:

And to learn all about how to store asparagus, when it’s in season and more, head to the Vegepedia.

Fresh asparagus is quick and easy to cook, and makes any meal feel just a little more special. No wonder we love it when asparagus season hits and the price drops so we can eat all the asparagus we can hold. We’ll show you how to cook fresh asparagus six simple ways, complete with top tips and recipes to try.

Fresh asparagus is so easy to cook, but it’s even easier to get it wrong. We’re here to help you get it right, no matter what cooking method you use.

1. How to Steam Asparagus

For this method, asparagus is held in a basket to cook gently over steaming water. You can use an upright steam basket (like the one shown below) or a collapsible steam basket with feet that hold it the basket above the water in a pot or large saucepan. Steaming is good for cutting calories, as it requires little or no fat.

This video for Simply Steamed Asparagus shows you how to steam whole asparagus using a collapsible steam basket:

Recipes to Try:

2. How to Boil Asparagus

Asparagus is cooked very quickly in boiling water until it’s fully or partially cooked. If you’re not serving the asparagus immediately, plunge it into a pan of ice water to halt the cooking. This will also preserve the bright green color. Some recipes call for partially cooking — or blanching – the asparagus, icing it, then finishing the cooking later.

Place trimmed asparagus in a skillet large enough to hold the asparagus and enough salted water to cover by about 1/2 inch. Cover and bring to a boil. Cook until just tender, testing frequently.

Icing Asparagus to Stop the Cooking

Drain the cooked asparagus and place it in a large bowl or pan of ice water.

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3. How to Cook Asparagus in the Microwave

Place asparagus in a microwave-safe dish with 2 tablespoons of water. Cover and microwave on high for about 3 minutes. Stir, and microwave for another 2 to 3 minutes until the spears are firm but tender. Drain and cool.

Recipes to Try:

4. How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

It’s very easy to cook asparagus in the oven, and the blast of oven heat caramelizes the natural sugars in the asparagus and deepens the flavor.

Note that roasting could brown the spears, and they won’t appear to be as plump as when they’re steamed or blanched. Yet, the enhanced flavor is worth it.For this method, place the asparagus in a single layer on a shallow pan and cooked in the oven at high heat. This video for Oven-Roasted Asparagus shows you how it’s done.

Recipes to Try:

5. How to Cook Asparagus in a Pan or Skillet

Asparagus is cooked in oil or butter in a skillet, as in this video for Sautéed Garlic Asparagus.

Recipes to Try:

6. How to Cook Asparagus on the grill

Cooking asparagus on the grill is quick and easy, and adds a delicious smoky flavor to the finished dish. You can lay trimmed and seasoned asparagus spears directly across the grill grates, corral the spears in a grill basket, or grill them in a pan. Don’t walk away, because they’re ready in a flash.

The video for Grilled Asian Asparagus is all cued up for you:

Recipes to Try:

How to Prepare Asparagus for Cooking

Before you try any of the methods for cooking asparagus, you’ll want to trim up the asparagus stalks. Trimming asparagus is a “snap.” To remove and discard the tough woody ends of the stalks before cooking, you can just cut them off with a knife. But what’s more fun is to use your hands to snap the stalks in two. They naturally snap at about the point where the woody part begins. Once you’ve snapped your asparagus, you can line them up and give the ends one last neat trim, if you’d like.

How to Peel Asparagus

Some people like to peel asparagus before cooking, and some don’t. Asparagus spears range in size from thicker than your thumb to thinner than a pencil, so if your asparagus is on the thicker side, you might want to peel the woody stalks with a vegetable peeler. Some cooks also like to trim off the tiny leaves on the stems. But unless they’re very spiky, you can leave them on.

Top Tips for Cooking Asparagus

One of the most frequently asked questions is how long to cook asparagus. The answer depends on the size of your asparagus and your cooking method. Thin spears could take just a couple of minutes, especially if you’re using a high-heat method of cooking, such as grilling, roasting, or pan-frying. Thicker spears will take longer to cook. Here’s how to avoid overcooking your asparagus.

  • Allow plenty of extra spears for testing as you cook.
  • No matter which cooking method you choose, the residual heat will continue cooking the asparagus. Remove it from the stove/grill/oven when it’s almost done to your taste.
  • If you’re blanching and reheating asparagus, remove it from the boiling water when it’s still a bit more crisp than you like. The reheating will finish cooking the spears.

Get our entire collection of Asparagus Recipes.

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

After you wash the asparagus thoroughly, stack a bunch together and lop off the tough/thick bottom an inch or so.

Spread out the asparagus in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Pat it as dry as you can, as you don’t want any water to “steam” the asparagus in the oven.

Begin by generously drizzling olive oil all over the asparagus and then sprinkle the asparagus generously with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Roast the asparagus for about ten minutes. The secret here is for the oven to be very hot so the asparagus can begin to brown on the outside without overcooking and getting too flimsy. You want the finished asparagus to still have a bite to it.

We need more GREEN in our Thanksgiving arsenal, and this is one of the most ridiculously simple vegetable dishes in existence. Roasting is my favorite method for cooking many vegetables, not the least of which is the glorious, green asparagus. First of all, preparing the asparagus is as easy as pie. Second, roasting is much more flavorful than steaming. Third, it’s a last-minute dish that can go from fridge to platter in around twelve minutes. Fourth, it can be served on its own or used in any number of side dishes or salads.

Who in tarnation can argue with that?

Now, the important thing about asparagus is not to overthink it.

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

Just grab whatever asparagus you can find at the store. For roasting, thicker is better—it won’t get too soft and floppy too quickly.

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

After you wash the asparagus thoroughly, just stack a bunch together and lop off the tough/thick bottom inch or so. Some people get fancy and peel the bottom, but I can’t be bothered with such things.

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

Besides, if you get a tough bite later, you can just spit it into your napkin. You’ll be around family.

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

Spread out the asparagus in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Pat it as dry as you can, as you don’t want any water to “steam” the asparagus in the oven.

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

Begin by generously drizzling olive oil all over the asparagus. For this amount of asparagus, I probably used a good four or five tablespoons. Don’t skimp!

Do you get tired of my saying “don’t skimp?” Because I pretty much say it at least once in every recipe.

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

After that, sprinkle the asparagus generously with kosher salt.

(You can use regular salt, too. But kosher is more forgiving.)

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

Next, really go to town with the freshly ground black pepper.

Freshly ground is really best for this dish.

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

Now just pop the pan into a PREHEATED 425-degree oven and roast the asparagus for about ten minutes. The secret here is for the oven to be very hot so the asparagus can begin to brown on the outside without overcooking and getting too flimsy. You want the finished asparagus to still have a bite to it.

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

Here they are after roasting. It’s a little hard to tell, but the areas where the asparagus touched the pan are nice and brown. And the doneness was just perfect—they were definitely tender without being mushy or too floppy.

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

A huge platter of this is a beautiful, delicious addition to any Thanksgiving table.

But the real beauty comes the next day, when you eat them cold out of the fridge.

It’s the stuff that vegetable-related dreams are made of.

How to cook Asparagus in the Oven, one of my favorite quick and easy dinner side dishes.

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

Hey, friends, popping in today with a super quick and simple vegetable side dish for you. Asparagus in the oven AKA roasted asparagus.

This is one of my favorite easy, no-fuss side dishes, AND it’s the first vegetable I ever learned to cook as a kid.

Now that it’s asparagus season here in California, it seemed like the perfect time to post this recipe.

How to Make Asparagus in the Oven

Start with washed and dried asparagus and trim off the tough woody end of the stem, usually a couple inches from the bottom.

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

If you’ve never worked with asparagus before, and you’re not sure what that looks like, take a single spear, and bend the bottom third until it snaps. The place where it snaps should be just above the woody end.

1. Place asparagus on a baking sheet in a single layer and drizzle with olive oil. Shake the pan a few times so the asparagus rolls around and gets coated on all sides.

2. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. If you like lemon, you can also add a squeeze of lemon juice. Feeling cheesy, sprinkle with a handful of shredded parmesan.

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

3. Bake at 425°F for 8 to 15 minutes (cooking time can differ quite a bit depending on asparagus size), until asparagus is tender but not mushy.

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

4. Serve and enjoy!

And before you go, I have one more tip for you:

How to Store Asparagus

Right when you get home from the grocery store, trim about a half inch off the very bottom of the asparagus spears like you would a bouquet of flowers.

In a heavy cup, liquid measuring cup, or wide-mouth mason jar, add about an inch of water.

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

Place spears in the water and loosely cover the top of the asparagus with a bread bag. You can also use the produce bag you brought the asparagus home in (if it’s damp, turn it inside out). Store in the refrigerator.

Asparagus will stay fresh for 3 to 4 days, 5 if it was really fresh when you bought it.

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

It’s asparagus season, and I can’t get enough of it. Roasting asparagus brings out its best. The tips get a little crispy in the oven, which I love, and the flavor is more concentrated than it would be if you steamed or sautéed it.

Roasted asparagus is the perfect springtime side dish, whether for brunch or dinner. As a bonus, it’s simple to throw together while your main dish cooks on the stove.

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

For these photos, I decked out my asparagus with lemon, mint, red pepper flakes and the lightest shaving of Parmesan.

You can keep your roasted asparagus as simple as you’d like. I included the basic recipe below, plus ideas for changing up the seasonings!

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

How to Store Asparagus

Pro tip: Place your asparagus in a heavy-bottomed jar or drinking glass when you get home, and add a couple inches of water. You can place a plastic bag over the top to retain maximum freshness.

Then, store the asparagus like this in your refrigerator. It will stay fresh for several days longer this way!

How to Prep Asparagus

The ends of asparagus can be unpleasantly tough and woody. To remove those parts, sharply bend the asparagus near the base.

The asparagus will snap in the right place. This would be a fun dinnertime project for kids, I think.

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

How to Roast Asparagus

Roasting asparagus is super easy and quick! Simply toss your prepared asparagus with a light drizzle of olive oil, and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. I like to do this on a large, rimmed baking sheet (affiliate link) lined with parchment paper for easy clean-up.

Bake until the asparagus is easily pierced through by a fork, which will vary depending on the thickness of your asparagus. Pencil-thin asparagus, like the kind shown here, will be done in as little as 10 minutes. Thicker asparagus will need between 15 to 20 minutes. You’ll find all of these details in the recipe below.

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

How to Season Asparagus

Here are some ideas for flavors that will complement your roasted asparagus. Keep it simple and choose just one or two. Or go all-out like I did, and use all four of the first ideas.

  • Lemon zest and/or lemon wedges
  • Sprinkle of finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • Small handful of fresh mint or parsley, finely chopped
  • Light sprinkle of red pepper flakes
  • Pat or two of butter
  • Light drizzle of balsamic reduction or thick balsamic vinegar
  • Toasted sliced almonds

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How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

Extra asparagus? Here are some recipes that will use it up:

Looking more simple roasted side dishes? Try these:

Please let me know how your roasted asparagus turns out in the comments! I’m really looking forward to hearing how you serve it.

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

Perfect Roasted Asparagus

  • Author: Cookie and Kate
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 to 4 servings 1 x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Roasted
  • Cuisine: Italian

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Learn how to make perfectly roasted asparagus here! This roasted asparagus recipe is a fantastic springtime side dish that everyone will love. You can season it however you’d like. You’ll find my seasoning suggestions below. Recipe yields 2 large or 4 modest side servings.

Ingredients

Basic roasted asparagus

  • 1 large bunch (about 1 pound) fresh asparagus
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • Salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

My seasonings (use one or all, like I did)

  • Zest and juice of ½ medium lemon, preferably organic
  • Lemon wedges, from the remaining ½ lemon
  • Sprinkle of finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • Small handful of fresh mint or parsley, finely chopped
  • Light sprinkle of red pepper flakes

Other options

  • Pat or two of butter
  • Light drizzle of balsamic reduction or thick balsamic vinegar
  • Toasted sliced almonds

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit and line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper for easy cleanup. Snap off the woody ends of the asparagus (if you sharply bend the asparagus near the base, it will snap in the right place). Discard the ends.
  2. Place the asparagus on the sheet and drizzle with 1 to 2 teaspoons olive oil, just enough to lightly coat the asparagus. Sprinkle salt and pepper over the asparagus, and toss until the spears are lightly coated in oil. Arrange the spears in a single layer on the pan.
  3. Bake just until the base of the asparagus is easily pierced through by a fork. Very thin asparagus, like the kind shown here, will take as little as 9 to 12 minutes, whereas thicker asparagus will need 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. Transfer the roasted asparagus to a serving platter and season however you’d like. You could keep it simple with a squeeze of lemon juice, or a sprinkle of Parmesan, or add a pat of butter or drizzle of balsamic vinegar.
  5. Roasted asparagus is best served when it’s fresh out of the oven, but it will keep at room temperature for up to 1 hour or up to 4 days in the refrigerator (gently reheat before serving).

Notes

Make it dairy free/vegan: Don’t add Parmesan or butter.
Make it nut free: Don’t add almonds.

Asparagus is very good for our bodies. It is also easy to prepare. But in fact, how to Cook Asparagus in a quick way? Questions are answered in detail in this article and it will instruct you to make oven-roasted asparagus recipe.

1. How To Cook Asparagus & FAQs

How do you pick good Asparagus?

  • Choose Asparagus with a straight body, with the tops not bent. When holding in hand, there is a sense of crunchiness, and there are “cries” if you break them in half.
  • Asparagus is confirmed to be fresh only when the root part of Asparagus is not withered, and the tip of Asparagus is not yellowish. Because when they turn yellow, it’s a sign of Asparagus wilting.
  • You can choose Asparagus, big or small, depending on your needs. The size of Asparagus does not affect the hardness or softness of Asparagus when it is cooked. But low Asparagus is often more suitable for decorating dishes than for cooking.
  • Avoid asparagus plants with scars or spots. If asparagus flowers appear, do not hesitate to throw them in the trash—fresh Asparagus when smelling also does not smell.

Do you have to peel Asparagus before cooking?

You should only be paring the outer part of 1/3 of the asparagus stem from the base upwards. If you intend to use them, the tip of the Asparagus is very fresh young and soft, so you don’t need to peel it.

How do you Clean Asparagus?

You should wash Asparagus under running water to clean the sand in the gaps at the beginning of the Asparagus. If you want the Asparagus to be completely clean, prepare a medium-sized plastic tub, then add a pinch of salt to the water and soak the Asparagus for 20 minutes.

What part of the Asparagus Do you cook?

You should only use from the beginning of the Asparagus to the soft stem, from the hard stem to the root of the Asparagus you should remove. To find out where the hard parts of Asparagus begin, Pickup asparagus and bend them.

Vietnamese people often take advantage of the root asparagus; they cook it with a little sugar alum to make drinking water daily. And this drinks very well for diuretic and liver detoxification. You can air dry to use gradually.

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

2. How To Cook Asparagus in the Oven

Ingredients

  • Fresh Asparagus (12-15 spears)
  • Garlic paste (2 teaspoons)
  • Parmesan Cheese (Half Cup, grated)
  • Butter (2 Tablespoon, melted)
  • Salt & Pepper

How Long To Cook Asparagus in the Oven

It takes 15 minutes to roast Asparagus in the Oven.

Instructions – How To Roast Asparagus

Step 1: Prep the Asparagus by removing the tight ends.

Step 2: Line them up in a baking tray without overlapping them.

Step 3: In a bowl, mix the melted butter along with garlic paste, salt, and pepper. Pour it on the Asparagus and massage lightly to coat all the asparagus spears nicely.

Step 4: Roast the butter covered Asparagus for 10-12 minutes in a preheated oven (425 degrees F).

Step 5: Drizzle the cheese on the roasted Asparagus and broil for a minute or two until the cheese melts. Serve hot!

For better taste, you can sprinkle some fresh lemon juice or balsamic vinegar on asparagus and enjoy

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

Above is the basic information to remember how to cook asparagus in the oven that we share with you, I hope you can successfully make oven-roasted asparagus recipe after reading the article. Good luck!

March 6, 2018 5 Comments

Do you know how to cook asparagus in the oven? This is the easiest time of year to be a blogger if you are into healthy eating because spring is coming!

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

As I walk into the produce section, all my favorites are less expensive and fresher than any other time of year. Yes, I am a fan of asparagus and I make my entire family eat it.

I pretty much eat roasted broccoli and crunchy cauliflower all year because I can find these vegetables at a decent price but asparagus is different.

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

The price of asparagus is related to when it is in season in the USA and all of a sudden it is everywhere.

My favorite way of cooking asparagus is to roast it in the oven because it turns out sweet. Also, I don’t have to watch it as I do other important things like chase the dog so I can get my shoe back.

There is nothing to fear about buying or cooking asparagus. A few tips:

  • Look for the thicker stalks – most chefs think they taste better
  • Use them the day you buy them – aging them in your fridge is not a good idea
  • Do not boil them – yuck!

All you have to do is snap off the blunt ends, toss them on a rimmed baking sheet with some olive oil, salt, and pepper and wait 15 minutes.

You can wrap asparagus in ham or prosciutto if you have it around for a nice party snack.

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

I add grated Parmesan cheese (just a little) to add a salty and cheesy element to the asparagus. Below, I have added a link to my favorite grater – having awesome tools makes cooking so much more fun.

Or skip the cheese and squeeze fresh lemon juice over the stalks.

If you have time, roast a couple bunches of asparagus and then keep it in your fridge for (you guessed it) snacking. Add them to salads or omelets to get more vegetables into your diet.

My kids eat these because we call them “trees” and they pretend they are dinosaurs. Hey – whatever works!

Do you cook asparagus in your oven?

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

Roasted Asparagus Recipe

Ingredients

1 bunch asparagus (approximately 1 pound)
1 tablespoon olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
grated parmesan cheese (optional)
lemon wedges (optional)

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil (for easy clean-up). Snap the blunt ends of the asparagus and toss it with the olive oil, salt, and pepper. Cook for 15 minutes (or until desired tenderness). Add parmesan cheese or lemon wedges and serve immediately. OR store in fridge for up to a week.

Nutrition Facts

One serving without the cheese is 53 calories, 3.5 g fat, 4.4 g carbohydrates, 2.5 g protein, 2.4 g fiber, 2 mg sodium, 1 Freestyle SmartPts

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5 Comments:

My favorite way to cook asparagus.

Heidi Menocal on March 6, 2018

We grow it in our garden and love it! It comes back every year. So yummy and fun to see it grow and harvest it ourselves. Takes some commitment to get it going but so worth it. Best way to store it is in a big cup/dish of shallow water in your fridge. Give the stalks a fresh cut on the bottom when you bring them home, and immediately stand them up in a cup of water to store it so just the bottom ends are submerged. No need to cover it. You can change the water every few days if you need to keep it longer. Be sure to eat the ones that look less “perky” if you have a bunch to eat and plan to eat it off and on over a week or so. Should keep nicely for a few days (depending on how fresh it was when it hit the store), and will keep much better than in a plastic bag! When we cut ours from our garden it keeps for about a month that way. (Also another way we eat it. try snacking on it raw!) But our fave way is the exact way SG told us above – in the oven. Perfect every time.

Angie M on March 6, 2018

I have never cooked it in the oven. We cook it on the grill. The recipe is pretty much the same though.

Paula C on March 6, 2018

I buy only the thick ones – cover the tips with foil half-way through baking. In Germany, beautiful big asparagus is celebrated in April, green, purple and white!! Along with lovely small potatoes in butter! I buy asparagus at Costco occasionally during the off-months – depends on the size – the thin stocks are a no-no!

Regina R on March 10, 2018

I toss asparagus with a little olive oil and a light sprinkle of Kirkland Pecorino Romano cheese. Cook in microwave a few minutes. Really good and fast.

Barb on April 22, 2018

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Roasting asparagus in a toaster oven is simple and quick. High in folic acid and packing a good amount of fiber asparagus is a top-notch veggie that always tastes great, especially when roasted!

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

I love asparagus in all it’s forms but chopped up and roasted is probably my favorite. It’s bright, flavorful and reminds me of Spring.

Plus the smaller bite-size pieces make it easy to add to a bowl of pasta, corn and quinoa salad or even veggie nachos.

If you’re craving whole asparagus spears don’t worry you can still use your toaster oven. Check out this toaster oven roasted asparagus spears recipe for directions.How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

An important part of roasting any kind of vegetable is to give it space.

When vegetables are piled on top of another, the layer on the bottom will be steamed (not roasted) by the moisture released from the veggies above.

Roasting in a toaster oven presents the obvious challenge of limited space but we’ve got a few tips that will help with that.

3 Tips for Roasting Asparagus in a Toaster Oven:

  • Start with a smaller amount of vegetables. This recipe uses just under a pound of asparagus, about 13 ounces.
  • Use the largest pan that will fit in your toaster oven.
  • Stir the asparagus a few extra times while it cooks, keeping the asparagus moving decreases the chance of steaming.

Keep scrolling there’s step by step photo directions after the recipe

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

Roasting Asparagus in a Toaster Oven

A quick and healthy recipe for roasting asparagus in a toaster oven.

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch asparagus, (about 13 ounces), rinsed and dried well
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil, or melted coconut oil

Instructions

  1. Adjust the toaster oven cooking rack to the lowest position and preheat to 425°F on the “Bake” setting. Lightly oil your roasting pan.
  2. Next, remove the ends from the asparagus. To find where to chop, pull back a few asparagus ends until they snap, the general point where the stalks snap is where you should chop the ends off at.
  3. Chop asparagus into thirds and place on prepared pan.
  4. Drizzle oil over asparagus, season with salt and black pepper, and toss well to coat.
  5. Roast the asparagus, stirring every 5 minutes until the tips are gently browned and the stalks are tender yet still a bit firm, about 12 to 14 minutes.

Notes

For lemony asparagus: Zest a medium lemon and set zest aside. Cut lemon into 1/4-inch slices and arrange on top of the asparagus before roasting. Cook asparagus as directed and sprinkle lemon zest over roasted asparagus prior to serving.

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How to roast asparagus in your toaster oven

Start by adjusting the toaster oven cooking rack to the lowest position and preheating to 425°F on the “Bake” setting. Then, lightly oil your roasting pan.

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

Next, you’ll want to remove the “woody” ends from the asparagus. These areas are unpleasant and tough to chew.

The easiest way to find where to chop is to pull back the end of one spear until it snaps. Then line that spear up with the whole bunch and slice all of the ends off in the same spot.

Once the ends have been removed, chop the asparagus into thirds.

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

Because the tips are thinner they tend to cook quicker than the bottom portions. To help even out the cooking times I leave the tip portion a little longer than the lower stalk pieces.

Place the chopped pieces on the prepared pan. Then, drizzle the oil over the asparagus, season with salt and pepper, and toss well to coat.

Like these Roasted Carrots with Lime, Garlic and Ginger, I find a rich olive oil is nice in the Winter and lighter coconut oil is perfect for the warmer weather that Spring and Summer bring.

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

For lemony asparagus, zest a medium lemon and set the zest aside. Cut the lemon into 1/4-inch slices and arrange on top of the asparagus before roasting.

Roast the asparagus, stirring every 5 minutes until the tips are gently browned and the stalks are tender yet still a bit firm, about 12 to 14 minutes.

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

For an added pop of bright flavor, sprinkle asparagus with the reserved lemon zest prior to serving.

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Quick and easy oven roasted asparagus recipe that’s made in one pan (sheet pan) in only 15 minutes. It’s packed with lemon and garlic flavors and makes a simple side dish.

This oven roasted asparagus recipe is a simple side dish that tastes amazing with grilled chicken or steak.

Roast asparagus in the oven, grill or stovetop pan!

There are so many ways to make it and even the seasoning possibilities are endless.

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

How to roast asparagus in the oven?

  1. Wash asparagus and cut off ends
  2. Line them on a sheet pan.
  3. Sprinkle olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder and mix it all together.
  4. Roast in oven.
  5. Drizzle lemon juice and sprinkle parmesan cheese and enjoy.

How long to roast asparagus?

That depends on the thicker. They thicker they are, the longer they would need cook in the oven. Typically, they are ready in 10-12 minutes.

How long do you cook asparagus in the oven at 350?

About 15-17 minutes.

How long do you bake asparagus at 400?

10-12 minutes is usually ideal.

How long do you cook asparagus in the oven at 375?

About 15-17 minutes.

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

Other Variations:

To make roasted asparagus and carrots, add 2 cups baby carrots in the same sheet pan and bake those too.

To make roasted asparagus and potatoes, add 2 cups small potato cubes in the same sheet pan and bake those too.

To make roasted asparagus and mushrooms, add 1 cup mushrooms in the same sheet pan and bake those too.

To make marinated roasted asparagus, marinate asparagus for 20 minutes in some lemon juice and pepper and then roast that in the sheet pan. Top it off with parmesan cheese when you remove it from the oven.

To make roasted lemon asparagus, sprinkle 1 tsp lemon zest and 2 tbsp lemon juice over the asparagus, prior to baking.

To make roasted parmesan asparagus, sprinkle parmesan cheese over the asparagus prior to baking and again after baking.

To make roasted asparagus salad, chop the roasted asparagus into 2 inch pieces and mix it together with lettuce, spinach, kale and your favorite vinaigrette and serve immediately.

To make garlic roasted asparagus, add 1 finely chopped garlic over the asparagus, prior to baking.

Make pan roasted asparagus – melt some better and oil in a nonstick pan. Add asparagus stalks and season with salt, pepper, garlic powder and cook until tender but firm.

April 4, 2019 – By Dan Mikesell AKA DrDan – Updated January 28, 2020 – 2 Comments

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

Everybody needs an easy asparagus recipe. Roasted to perfection, baked Parmesan asparagus is an ideal healthy side dish. Just follow the simple step by step photo instructions.
How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

Introduction

We love fresh asparagus and springtime in Michigan is a great place for the best. Health and good on almost any diet including low-carb and keto diets.

Roasting veggies like asparagus in the oven is a simple act that brings out some great taste with minimal work.

We go a little heavy on the garlic and add some Parmesan and have a company worthy healthy dish with only 5 minutes of work.

I used Allrecipes five star rated Oven-Roasted Asparagus as a model. But my wife demands garlic, I love Parmesan, and I’m allergic to much work.

My RatingHow to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

This is a high 4 or low five depending on whether you think a veggie can be a 5.

🛒Buying Asparagus

Let’s talk asparagus. Everybody seems to think size is the first thing to look at.

Not so fast. Look first for vibrant color first, the glowing dark green with a tinge of some violet on the top.

I then look at the cut ends to be sure it is not drying, and the stems are firm and not limp. Lastly, squeeze the bunch, and it should squeak a bit.

🔪Trimming Asparagus

Should you snap or cut asparagus? The great asparagus debate rages.

Over the years, most experts have suggested that snapping the asparagus base will magically break at the correct point. The idea was that this natural breaking point is where the tough base meets the tender asparagus.

Well, not so much it turns out. According to Cooks Illustrated, you are throwing out lots of your tasty asparagus. Just cut off a bit of the end will not waste as much since the snap method really is not accurate on where it breaks.

Cooks Illustrated suggests trimming 1 inch and then peeling the woody exterior if thick.

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🖼️Photo Instructions

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

Preheat oven to 400 degrees convection. Clean and trim 1 pound of asparagus.

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

Combine 3 tablespoons olive oil, 2-4 cloves crushed garlic, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

Place asparagus on a baking pan. Coat with the oil mixture. Clean hands are allowed.

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

Spread the asparagus evenly in the pan and coat with 1/4 cup grated parmesan.

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

Bake for about 15 minutes until tender and browning some.

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

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Learn how to cook asparagus with this 3-part guide! Blanched, grilled, raw, or roasted, it’s a delicious spring side dish or fresh ingredient.

What’s your favorite method for how to cook asparagus? For me, choosing just one is impossible, because asparagus totally transforms depending on how you prepare it. When you roast it in the oven, its tips turn perfectly crisp and golden brown. When you blanch it, it comes out vibrant green and fresh, and when you grill it, it becomes wonderfully charred and juicy. Can I pick all three?

Below, you’ll find my best tips on these techniques for how to cook asparagus. If you already love asparagus, I hope you also love this handy guide. If you don’t love it, I encourage you to try preparing it in a new way. Who knows, if you’ve always had it steamed, you might like it grilled, roasted, or even raw!

Roasted Asparagus

Oven roasted asparagus is one of the key ingredients in my mom’s spring breakfast casserole, but it’s also delicious on its own as a spring side. It couldn’t be easier to make! These 4 steps will yield perfect baked asparagus:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Cut the tough woody ends off the bottom of the spears – these guys are not easy to eat, and even roasting won’t make them tender enough to chew.
  3. Toss the whole spears with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and spread them in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet, leaving an inch or so of space between each one. The space ensures that they’ll crisp up – and not steam – in the oven.
  4. Bake for 12 minutes, until the spears are lightly crisp and tender. Enjoy them whole with a squeeze of lemon, or chop them and toss them into eggs, pastas, salads, and more!

Grilled Asparagus

If you’ve never grilled asparagus before, you’re going to love it! The spears come out tender and lightly charred, and the process is really simple:

  1. First, snap off the woody ends.
  2. Then, lightly toss the trimmed spears with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  3. Grill for 6 to 8 minutes on a grill preheated to medium, flipping halfway through.
  4. Your asparagus is ready when it’s tender and lightly charred.

Use grilled asparagus in this spring farro salad, or serve it on its own as a simple side dish. I love to grill lemon halves along with the veggies (pictured at the bottom of this post). I’ll serve grilled asparagus with generous squeezes of juice from the charred lemons!

Blanched Asparagus

I love adding chopped blanched asparagus to spring salads or folding it into scrambled eggs. To make it, follow these easy steps:

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, and set a bowl of ice water nearby.
  2. Chop your spears into 1-inch chunks, discarding any tough, woody ends.
  3. Drop the chopped veggies into the boiling water, and blanch them for about 1 minute, until tender but still bright green.
  4. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the blanched veggies from the pot to the ice water, and let it chill for 1 minute.
  5. Drain, pat dry, and enjoy!

But wait, there are more ways to cook asparagus!

Blanching, roasting, and grilling are my three go-to cooking methods, but you can also sauté asparagus for a frittata or pasta or poach whole spears for a quick dinner side dish. I even like it simmered into soup. Alternatively, don’t cook it at all! Use a vegetable peeler to shave thick spears into ribbons to make a salad with olive oil and lemon, or use the ribbons on pizza or toast.

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How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

There are a lot of ways you can prepare asparagus, however learning how to roast asparagus in the oven is the tastiest of all! The high oven temperature slowly chars and crisps each tender stalk, coaxing out flavors you didn’t know existed! Whether you are looking for a healthy meal, or just a flavorful side, roasted asparagus won’t disappoint!
How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

It is spring again; birds are chirping, snow has melted, and we can crawl out of hibernation! It’s my favorite time of year! Well not really, I just have to say that because I’m a food blogger and we need to sound all happy and annoyingly cheery while promoting a blog post so you think “Everything is Awesome!” (That phrase has to sung like the Lego Movie theme song… if you don’t know what I am talking about consider yourself lucky)

In reality I only like spring because it is not winter. I much prefer summer and fall, when nature doesn’t look all crusty and dead… except, of course, when fall is all crusty and dead. But that doesn’t count. Spring does have it perks though. One of my favorite side dishes, roasted asparagus, is in season during the spring time! I love me some on-sale produce!

There is a lot of ways you can prepare asparagus, but I think by far the best tasting of them all is roasted asparagus in the oven. This recipe is dead simple, and super healthy. This dish was one of my staples when I lost 45 pounds a few years ago. Even though the asparagus is tossed in oil, it is olive oil which is heart healthy and full of omega-3s. So let’s dive into how to roast asparagus in the oven.

How to Roast Asparagus in the Oven

To have tender roasted asparagus you need to trim it properly. Don’t worry if you aren’t an expert in the kitchen, it is actually quite simple to execute. As a general rule you only need to trim the bottom inch or two of the stalk. That is section is fairly woody and fibrous, so it isn’t as enjoyable to eat. If you are unsure where to trim exactly, try breaking the lower portion of the stalk in half. The point at which it breaks is pretty close to where you should be trimming.

As you’ll see in the recipe below, the asparagus is roasted at 475 degrees for 15 minutes. The high heat helps crisp the asparagus and develops additional flavors you wouldn’t be able to enjoy when roasted at a lower temperature. Though, if you are reheating asparagus for leftovers, then I recommend using a lower oven temperature. 350 degrees would suffice.

I simply season the stalks with salt and pepper, but if you are looking to jazz up the recipe, sprinkle some freshly grated Parmesan over the asparagus before or after roasting. A squeeze of lemon juice is a nice touch too, prior to serving.

There isn’t any special equipment needed for this recipe. A large jelly roll pan will do the trick. I like those because they have raised edges so the asparagus doesn’t fall off the sides when you are moving them around.

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Roasted Asparagus is one of the simplest, most delicious ways to easily cook asparagus in the oven. It requires minimal effort and the result is amazing! How do you tell if asparagus is good? Asparagus should have a bright green.

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Roasted Asparagus is one of the simplest, most delicious ways to easily cook asparagus in the oven. It requires minimal effort and the result is amazing!

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

How do you tell if asparagus is good?

Asparagus should have a bright green color. The tips should be colorful and look healthy. The spears should all be stiff and hold their shape. There should not be any unpleasant slimy texture. Asparagus is often sold standing upright in water. This is because it stays more fresh when stored this way.

How do you know if asparagus has gone bad?

The tips are the first to go bad when it comes to asparagus. If the tips are mushy or black, you should discard your asparagus. Any spears that are mushy, slimy, or limp should not be consumed.

Can you cook asparagus in the oven?

Yes! Roasting asparagus in the oven is a great way to cook asparagus. Roasting requires a high heat to blast your vegetable. There are a variety of ways to cook asparagus, but roasting it in the oven is an easy and delicious option.

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

How long does asparagus last in the fridge?

Asparagus stays good in the fridge for approximately 5 to 7 days when stored upright in water. If you intend to eat your asparagus within 48 hours of purchasing, it should stay good in the crisper drawer for that time.

What does roasted asparagus go well with?

Roasted Asparagus is a great side dish for meats and fish as well as pastas. It is also delicious served on a salad. Try some of these recipes that complement asparagus nicely.

Watch the video below where Rachel walks you through every step for how to cook asparagus in the oven, including tips and tricks to help you pick out your asparagus and know when it is good or bad. You can find the full collection of The Stay At Home Chef’s Cooking Show on YouTube, or right here on our website with their corresponding recipes.

Don’t fear the spear.

Look, we’ll admit it. We can get down with frozen Brussels sprouts, broccoli, and cauliflower, so we’re just going to go ahead and add frozen asparagus to that running list. Why? Even though frozen produce might get a bad name among anyone who values the food that they cook at home, we like to think that there’s a time and place for it all. Plus, there are dishes and methods that we use to prepare these frozen foods that actually make them quite delicious—i.e., nobody will ever ask if your food came from the frozen aisle. Your secret is safe with us. For exciting ways to jazz up a bag of frozen asparagus that doesn’t include steaming it in said bag and seasoning it with your own saltwater tears, here are our favorite ways to put these frozen spears to good use.

Garlic and Butter

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

Easy never tasted so awesome.

Okay, any home cook will agree that garlic and butter are going to be able to save just about anything, and this holds true with frozen asparagus. If you’re looking to jazz up the skillet even further, throw in some scallions and bacon/pancetta, or top the veggie side with fresh herbs, a chimichurri, or gremolata. Before you plate your spears, hit the serving dish with a smear of Greek yogurt or labneh. How freaking good does that sound?

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Grill ‘Em

Yeah, that’s right. Give your frozen asparagus a quick toss in some olive oil, and get those spears straight to the grill (ideally, alongside a hearty steak). Wait ‘til you’ve got the picture-perfect sear marks, and season them with salt and pepper once they’re off. Dinner. Is. Served.

Roast ‘Em

Contrary to popular belief, frozen vegetables can and should be roasted. We know the bag says to steam them. don’t. Give them a good rub in your cooking fat of choice, salt, pepper, and slide your rimmed baking sheet full of ‘em into a hot oven (let’s say 425°) and cook them until they’re nice and charred. Yes, the fresh stuff is obviously ideal for this cooking technique, but don’t write off the option of roasting frozen veggies until you give it a whirl.

Make an Asian-Inspired Stir Fry

You know what ingredients asparagus loves? Chili, garlic, and soy sauce. So don’t deprive those frozen spears of such a righteous experience; go ahead and toss these frozen veggies, along with whatever else you’ve got, into a hot wok and go to TOWN.

Quiches and Frittatas

To make up for the copious amounts of heavy cream and butter that you ought to be adding to this brunch staple, go ahead and balance that out with some green. Specifically, frozen asparagus! If any of your brunch guests quiz you about the origin of your veggies, tell them to leave because you don’t have time for their pretentious BS, mmmkay? You made a damn good quiche, and that’s all that matters.

Pasta Bakes and Casseroles

The same logic that’s used for quiches and frittatas applies here—there’s already a lot of dairy going into the concoction, so brighten up the whole situation with a hearty helping of vegetables. Plus, it’s a nice change of pace if you’re always relying on kale or spinach for that burst of green.

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

Learn how easy it is to make perfectly roasted asparagus each and every time. How to Roast Asparagus – Three Ways will teach you all the tips for perfect spears. From cast iron in the oven to sheet pans and toaster ovens, there is a method here
that will work for you!

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

Asparagus season is so short, and I try to enjoy every second of it. Asparagus pasta, asparagus on kebabs, pickled asparagus and roasted asparagus are on constant rotation throughout May and June in the Cook household. My favorite of all is the humble roasted asparagus.

Did you know Washington State is the largest producer of asparagus in the United States? So proud of my home state; our motto should be “We’re the Best at Making Your Pee Stink”. I’m not in marketing, so maybe that needs to be tweaked a bit before it is released to the public?

There is no wrong way to make roasted asparagus, and today I’m going to focus on my favorite three methods. Each one guarantees a tasty dish, and better yet, they all take less than 15 minutes to put together.

Why Roast Instead of Steam Asparagus?

No offense to steamed asparagus lovers out there, but I am a roasted veggies girl through and through. There were so many vegetables I hated as a kid that I found out in my 20’s were actually delicious. The trick was eating them roasted.

Roasting concentrates the sugars in vegetables and caramelizes them into crispy goodness. Hate air fryer brussels sprouts? You may just find you love them when they’re roasted in a cast iron pan!

Steamed asparagus is great if that is your jam, but for my money, nothing beats perfectly roasted asparagus with crispy tips and a light seasoning.

We roast so many dang vegetables in the Cook household that I even created The Ultimate Guide to Roasting Frozen Vegetables. We love the convenience and how affordable cooking with frozen vegetables is!

Since this post was originally published, I’ve also added a fourth way to cook asparagus. If you have an air fryer, you might love Air Fryer Asparagus!

How to Trim Asparagus

Hold one stalk of asparagus, and try to snap the end off. Where it snaps is the natural breaking point. I then cut all the ends off at about the same point with a sharp knife to save time.

How to Roast Asparagus – Methods and Ingredients

Ingredients

In as many ways there are to love asparagus, there are that many ways cook them! At the very basic level, I prefer mine with olive oil and a light sprinkling of Montreal Steak Seasoning.

When I used to roast my asparagus, the results were constantly changing. Sometimes they would be perfectly crispy, and other times – mushy AF. I finally pinpointed it to the amount of olive oil I was using, and I switched to using a Misto.

A Misto is a handy little kitchen tool that you fill with your favorite oil and use as a cooking spray. It coats the asparagus more evenly and unlike storebought cooking spray, it is reusable and environmentally friendly.How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

Roasting Methods

  • I find this method to be the most consistent. It always gives me wonderfully crispy asparagus.
  • Cast iron rules for so many reasons. Helps add iron to your diet, is a long-lasting product unlike Teflon-coated pans, even heating and roasting, and you don’t have to wash the pans ( Sheet Pan in the Oven
    Pros
  • You can roast a bunch of asparagus at once! Feeding a crowd? No problem.
  • Sheet pans (aka rimmed baking sheets or bakers sheets) are affordable, long-lasting, and light-weight.
  • You have to wash it when the roasting process is done. I don’t like roasting my veg on parchment or foil because I feel it interferes with the “sear” of the asparagus. Pro Tip: got stuck on oil or food on your sheet pan? Put it in a still warm oven and add some water. Let it sit for 20 minutes.
  • Nobody wants to heat up their kitchen/house on a hot day.

Cast Iron in the Toaster Oven
Pros:

  • Toaster ovens are super efficient little kitchen workhorses. I can cook almost anything in them.
  • You still get the amazing sear of cast iron without heating up your house!
  • Making asparagus for only 1-2 people? The toaster oven holds the perfect amount.
  • The toaster oven takes less time to preheat than the oven.
  • You can only cook smaller amounts – 1-3 servings.
  • The cook time is longer than in the oven (by about 5 minutes).

Note: most toaster ovens come with a little tray that is perfectly fine for to use to roast your asparagus. But um, you have to clean it afterward, so hence my love of a cast iron skillet.

How to Roast Asparagus – Three Ways

Cast Iron Skillet in the Oven

  1. Place your oven rack on the lowest setting and put your skillet into preheat.
  2. When the oven comes to temp, use an oven mitt to remove the skillet and lightly mist with olive oil.
  3. Place your asparagus in the skillet, mist with olive oil, and sprinkle with the steak seasoning.
  4. Roast for 5 minutes, flip, and cook for another 3-5 minutes.How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

Sheet Pan in the Oven

  1. Place your oven rack on the lowest setting and preheat your oven.
  2. Lightly mist the sheet pan with olive oil.
  3. Place your asparagus on the pan, mist with olive oil, and sprinkle with the steak seasoning.
  4. Roast for 6 minutes, flip, and cook for another 4-7 minutes.How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

Cast Iron in the Toaster Oven

  1. If your toaster oven has settings for the rack placement (mine has two), put yours on the lowest setting and put your skillet into preheat.
  2. When the oven comes to temp, use an oven mitt to remove the skillet and lightly mist with olive oil.
  3. Place your asparagus in the skillet, mist with olive oil, and sprinkle with the steak seasoning.
  4. Roast for 10 minutes, flip, and cook for another 3-5 minutes.

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Oven asparagus will redefine “easy” in the kitchen. The result is a perfectly tender crisp asparagus side dish and no clean-up.

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

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You know that feeling when you go to tackle an easy recipe, but end up having a pile of dishes to wash? I hate that feeling. In my book, in order to qualify for easy, it must be easy to make and quick to clean up after. It must take next to no effort and be possible to do while drinking a glass of wine.

This oven asparagus is definitely easy in my book. You don’t even need a knife or cutting board and clean up includes tossing some aluminum foil into the trash or recycle bin. Seriously easy.

It’s one of those recipes that I make all the time, in fact whenever my oven is on this is the side dish I serve. I almost didn’t share. It’s so easy I wasn’t sure what to write about it. Then, on Valentine’s Day, I screwed it up. It was the simple error of not setting the timer, but it was an error that had me starting the dish over again from scratch.

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

The problem was that when I pulled the asparagus from the oven it smelled bitter. I know that I have a sensitive nose but when fresh, sweet, tasty asparagus turns bitter, you know it’s over cooked. I picked up a piece of it and it drooped. It was sad. Then I squeezed it. It was mush. I became sad.

It also reminded me that there is no such thing as a “no-fail” recipe. In the wrong circumstances, even the best of us can make an utter mess of a recipe that we could normally make with our eyes closed. Luckily, we were having filet mignon with seared scallops – so good! I hadn’t yet started the scallops, so I left the steak to rest just a few minutes longer and delayed dinner to remake the asparagus. It was worth it!

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

If you’ve never tasted raw asparagus, I highly encourage it. It’s crisp, bright, and almost sweet tasting. It doesn’t really need any dipping sauces, but it definitely appears on veggies trays around our house. The key to getting great cooked asparagus it to not over cook it. You want it slightly tender, but still sweet. This can be accomplished in about 3 – 4 minutes with a steamer, but then you have to wash it.

One day, out of sheer laziness, I realized that baking asparagus is the way to go. Granted, it’s easiest when you are using the oven anyway. You can just slide it in next to whatever else is in there. Once you try it, this oven asparagus will have you inventing reasons to use the oven for dinner.

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

I’ve baked it at temperatures from 350 – 425, adjusting the cooking times accordingly. I’ve found it works best at 375 degrees for a quick 8 minutes. Since we are wrapping the asparagus in foil, it will create steam inside it’s packet. The seasoning goes on before you cook it, so it comes out ready to serve.

The ends of the asparagus can be snapped off with your hands. I usually do about 4 – 5 at a time, holding the the middle and snapping off the ends. It removes the fibrous chewy part that isn’t so appetizing. I do this right over the foil and toss the ends into the compost bin. Drizzle on some olive oil – healthy fats help your body absorb nutrients – sprinkle on salt and pepper, and finish with a bit of grated parmesan cheese. If you like to grate it yourself, like I do, you’ll have to dirty your microplane. Yes, it means you’ll have to wash it, but I think it’s worth it for the better flavor.

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

When you wrap the foil, tent it to leave room for steam to gather as you can see in the picture above. Bake it for 8 minutes, rest it for 1, and serve.

The foil can be tossed and the pan put away, as no food touched it.

Super easy, super simple, super healthy, and super delicious.

Find the full recipe below.

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

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Bake at 375 degrees for about 12 minutes depending on thickness of stalk or until fork tender. I bake asparagus at 375 degrees. To cook asparagus in the oven start by cleaning 1 pound of asparagus and trimming off the woody end at the bottom of each stalk.

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How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

I cook asparagus in the oven at 375 degrees f since i find this slightly lower temperature easier to control there s a little less likelihood that the asparagus will overcook yet it ensures that the spears are tender all the way through without too much browning.

How to cook asparagus in the oven at 375. Pour the dressing over the asparagus and turn to coat spears in fat. Did you know that asparagus grows 6 to 10 inches a day during peak growing season. Toss to coat the spears then sprinkle with parmesan cheese garlic salt and pepper. Learning how to bake asparagus in the oven is crazy easy.

This is so easy. Finally sprinkle sesame seeds on top of asparagus. We can t get enough of asparagus this time of year. We ve been eating asparagus every which way sautéed blanched even raw.

Place the asparagus into a mixing bowl and drizzle with the olive oil. If you have very thin stalks check them around 7 8 minutes and if they are really wide stalks start checking them at 14 15 minutes. Remove asparagus from oven and toss with. They are then tossed in dressing before being laid out on a rimmed baking sheet to go in the oven.

I use about 1 tbsp of oil for each pound of asparagus. It s packed with lemon and garlic flavors and makes a simple side dish. How to bake asparagus in the oven. Spritz it with fresh lemon juice.

Wash asparagus and pat dry. The asparagus spears are trimmed of any woody stem at the bottom. Put in baking pan or dish. Serve with lemon.

Trim off the tough thick end of each stalk in larger stalks this tough end may extend higher than on thin stalks. Preheat oven to 450 degrees f. Drizzle olive oil over asparagus amount to liking. Roast asparagus in the oven grill or stovetop pan.

But one of our favorite easy ways to prepare asparagus is to roast it in the oven. Season the asparagus with salt and pepper and roast 15 to 17 minutes at 375 degrees f. Here s how to do it. Drizzle extra virgin olive oil evenly over the top of the asparagus.

Quick and easy oven roasted asparagus recipe that s made in one pan sheet pan in only 15 minutes. Break off ends of asparagus stalks. To determine asparagus cooking time in the oven you need to consider the size of the stalk because the asparagus bake time will vary depending on the size. Add salt and pepper to taste.

This oven roasted asparagus recipe is a simple side dish that tastes amazing with grilled chicken or steak. Spread asparagus out on ungreased baking sheet. Preheat the oven to 425 f then toss the asparagus in 2 tablespoons of olive oil and sprinkle it with salt and pepper.

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

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Looking to up your veggie game in the kitchen? Now is the time to banish overcooked asparagus forever.

The dean of one of America’s top cooking schools shared his top tips with TODAY Food for how to cook asparagus perfectly every time.

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

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“First, it’s very important to prep the asparagus by cutting off about one inch of the tough and fibrous white part at the bottom and then peeling just a little bit of the outer layer of the bottom,” Brendan Walsh, dean of the School of Culinary Arts at The Culinary Institute of America, told TODAY.

Then, head for the heat, whether it’s on the stove, in the oven, on the grill or even . in the microwave?

According to Walsh, these are the absolute best ways to cook asparagus:

How to cook asparagus

How to blanch asparagus

In a large sauce pan, add the asparagus and as little water as possible to just cover them. Cook over high heat for about 4 to 5 minutes, until the rapidly boiling water is reduced to about a tablespoon. Add some butter, salt, pepper and fresh thyme or dill.

“The goal is to literally boil out the excess water and then use the small amount of remaining water to create a sauce,” said Walsh. “This way all the nutrients from the asparagus water are in the sauce instead of down the sink.”

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

Asparagus with Prosciutto and Brown Butter

How to boil asparagus

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In a large pot filled with lightly salted boiling water, add 10 asparagus stalks and cook them for 3 minutes, until they are bright green. Remove the boiled asparagus from the pot and cool them immediately by running them under cold water or dropping them into a bowl filled with ice water — but don’t leave them in there for a long time. Pat dry and serve cold or at room temperature. The boiled asparagus can also be quickly grilled, sauteed or stir-fried.

How to steam asparagus

Place the asparagus flat in a bamboo steamer. For medium asparagus, steam for about 6½ to 7 minutes, until the vegetable becomes vibrantly colored. For thinner asparagus, steam for 4 to 5 minutes. Remove the asparagus from the steamer and serve them right away.

If the plan is to serve the steamed asparagus later, shock them by placing in an ice bath so they cool quickly. Reheat them in a pan with some butter or oil and seasoning, like shallots and fresh dill.

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How to sauté asparagus

Trim the asparagus so they will fit inside a large pan. Preheat the pan until it is very hot — this is key, said Walsh. Add the trimmed asparagus and 1/2 cup water, and cook for about 4½ to 5 minutes. You’ll hear a little hiss when you add the water, and that’s a good thing. The water will immediately come to a boil and will semi-steam and boil the asparagus in the same moment. When the water has almost evaporated, add a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil and a little bit of salt and pepper — and some fresh herbs and shallots, if you’re in the mood.

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

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How to stir-fry asparagus

In a large, very hot pan, add 1/2 tablespoon vegetable oil and very thin, whole asparagus stalks. Using very thin asparagus is key for this cooking method, said Walsh. Toss the asparagus six times to sear them evenly. Add 2 tablespoons of water and toss the veggies six more times until the water evaporates. Season with salt and pepper and serve right away.

How to cook asparagus in the oven

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Toss the asparagus with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast in the center of the oven for about 10 minutes, until the asparagus is tender and charred in spots.

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

Quick-Roasted Asparagus with Pistachio Pesto

How to grill asparagus

For thin asparagus, preheat the grill to 550 degrees. For medium or thicker asparagus, preheat the grill to 425 degrees. Coat the asparagus with olive oil to keep them from sticking to the grill, and season with salt and pepper. For one pound of asparagus, use less than 1/2 teaspoon.

Place the asparagus on the grill. For thin asparagus, cook for 3 minutes before turning, then for another 3 minutes. For medium or thicker asparagus, cook for 4 minutes before turning, then for another 4 minutes. Before serving, sprinkle them with extra-virgin olive oil or butter and fresh herbs and/or salt.

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One Pan Shrimp and Asparagus

This one pan dinner uses frozen shrimp (straight form freezer to oven) and is ready in 15 minutes from start to finish. It doesn’t get better than that!

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

Yesterday I showed you how to cook shrimp straight from frozen. To me, this makes frozen shrimp more convenient than ever to have on hand. You can get home after a busy day and start cooking immediately, no need to defrost anything.

To make this dinner, you preheat your oven to 450°F. Then wash your asparagus and trim away the tough ends. Lay them along one side of large baking pan (a heavy duty one like this).

Get your shrimp from the freezer and spread them out on the other half of the pan. You want them in a single layer but it’s fine if they overlap a bit here and there.

Drizzle the shrimp and asparagus with olive oil, sprinkle with garlic powder, salt and pepper.

Then put it straight into the oven (it’s fine if it hasn’t quite finished preheating yet). Yes, the shrimp are still frozen but don’t worry: They’re going to defrost and cook in exactly the amount of time that your asparagus needs to cook, about 10 minutes. Yep, just 10 minutes.

When the shrimp are opaque and pink and the asparagus are softened, in 10 minutes like I said, pull the pan out. Squeeze some lemon over everything and serve.

Lickety lickety lickety split! Who doesn’t love that trick of a dinner?

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

One Pan Shrimp and Asparagus

  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 3 servings

Description

This one pan dinner uses frozen shrimp (straight form freezer to oven) and is ready in 15 minutes from start to finish. It doesn’t get better than that!

Note that this recipe makes about 3 servings. I’d say it’s 2-4 servings depending on appetite. If you want to make extra though, don’t just add more to the pan. Things won’t cook right. Instead, use two pans, each with half of the shrimp and half of the asparagus.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. asparagus, trimmed of tough ends
  • 1 lb. large ( 21 – 30 per pound) peeled and deveined frozen shrimp with tail on
  • 2 Tbsp . olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp . garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp . salt
  • 1/4 tsp . black pepper
  • 1/2 of a lemon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450F.
  2. Arrange asparagus along one side of a large baking sheet. Arrange frozen shrimp along other side of pan in a single layer (it’s fine if a few overlap here and there).
  3. Drizzle asparagus and shrimp with olive oil. Sprinkled them all with the garlic powder, salt and pepper.
  4. Put pan into oven (even if it’s not quite preheated yet).
  5. Bake until shrimp are opaque and pink and the asparagus is softened, 10-12 minutes.
  6. Remove pan from oven. Squeeze the juice from the 1/2 of a lemon over everything. Serve.

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Roasting asparagus is one of the easiest ways to prepare this wonderful vegetable. Today we are going to roast asparagus in the oven and top it with some brown butter, flavored with bay leaf and balsamic vinegar. The combination is truly inspirational.

Roasting asparagus is super easy, delicious and results in the perfect gluten free and low carb veggie side dish.

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

It is asparagus season. Yep, asparagus is a spring vegetable and it really is at the peak of its natural flavor right now. The asparagus that I used for this recipe were picked by friends of ours in their yard. Talk about sourcing your food locally. I mention that they were hand picked for a reason though… you will notice that some are large and some are small. You’ll never find bundles like this in the grocery store. For the grocery they are packaged all in the same size.

Asparagus is tender and slightly sweet. If you have bitter asparagus typically it means that it is either old or was cooked incorrectly. When roasting asparagus in the oven, the flavor concentrates and picks up a slight caramelization. Mixing this robust roasted veggie with the delicate nuttiness of browned butter and sweet acidity of balsamic, the combination works together to create a true eating experience. It just tastes so damn good. When I make these, typically I make more than needed simply because they fly off the table with record speed.

QUICK COOKING TIP: Really keep an eye on the butter when it is browning. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve burned the butter by doing too many things at one time. It goes from perfectly browned to perfectly burned within a matter of seconds.

Also (and I mention this in the recipe too), be sure to keep the heat in check when browning the butter. Just remember that when you remove the butter from the heat, the pan will keep cooking the butter. If that pan is too hot, no matter what you do when you remove the butter from the heat, it will scorch. There’s few things in life more frustrating than watching your perfectly browned butter turn black in the pan right before you eyes.

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

Making the best roasted asparagus is easy… just a little love in the oven and some brown butter. You’ll come back to the recipe time and again.

Ingredients

  • 1 LB Asparagus, woody parts trimmed
  • 1 TBSP Olive Oil
  • 1 TSP Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 TSP Fresh Cracker Pepper
  • 2 TBSP Unsalted Butter
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1 TSP Balsamic Vinegar

Instructions

Roasting the Asparagus

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil.
  2. Lay the trimmed asparagus on the baking sheet. Drizzle the olive oil, salt and pepper over the asparagus. Mix up gently with your hands or some tongs. Make sure the asparagus is laying flat before putting into the oven.
  3. Roast for 12-15 minutes depending on the thickness of your asparagus. It may need to cook longer if it is really huge.

Making the Brown Butter

  1. Heat a small sauce pan over medium-high heat. Add the butter and the bay leaf. When the butter melts, turn the heat down to medium. Cook for 2-3 minutes. You will see the butter start to foam. Stir until the butter starts to brown and turn the heat off. Remove the pan when the butter is browned.
  2. After the butter cools, add in the balsamic vinegar. Stir well and heat over high heat until it bubbles. Stir constantly so the sugar from the balsamic doesn’t burn in the pan. As soon as it bubbles, remove from the heat and pour over the asparagus in the rimmed baking sheet.
  3. Mix the asparagus and brown butter gently with some tongs.
  4. Serve hot and enjoy.

Notes

When you are browning the butter, make sure that the pan doesn’t get too hot. It has residual heat stored up within it… so when the brown butter looks perfect and you take it off the heat, it will continue to cook and most likely burn. The secret to really great brown butter is patience.

Please don’t add the balsamic directly into super hot butter. It will pop and send hot liquid all over the stove. Allow the butter to cool slightly before adding the balsamic.

If you let these asparagus sit around before you eat them, they will wilt fairly quickly. Eat them hot and fresh!

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Baked Salmon in Foil with Asparagus couldn’t be easier to make and results in juicy, succulent baked salmon and perfectly cooked asparagus. Serve this salmon with salad or mashed potatoes for a complete meal, perfect for busy weeknights!

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A Must Have Baked Salmon Recipe!

Do you have those days where you don’t mind cooking but more than anything you just don’t want to clean up the mess? I have them all the time, dishes are never ending around here. So, when there’s an easy recipe out there that requires minimal prep and clean up I’m all over it!

This baked salmon in foil really couldn’t get any easier and the method of cooking it all together in a foil pouch seals in moisture and keeps the flavors intact. It’s also a very versatile recipe, you can use other veggies that need using up. I love how foolproof this recipe is, even if you have minimal experience in the kitchen you can easily make this salmon!

Once you try these salmon foil packets, you’ll likely turn to this method time and time…and time again. I know I will. Salmon is one of my favorite dinners and this is one of my favorite ways to prepare it.

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Baked Salmon in Foil Ingredients

To make this salmon and asparagus recipe, you’ll need the following:

  • Skinless salmon fillets
  • Asparagus
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic
  • Salt and pepper
  • Lemon slices
  • Fresh dill

How to Bake Salmon in Foil with Asparagus

Cut the salmon into equal portions.

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Cut the foil into 4 equal sheets and divide the asparagus spears into equal portions, laying them in the centre of the foil. Mix together minced garlic and oil and drizzle over the asparagus.

Season each salmon fillet and lay over the asparagus.

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Drizzle top of each salmon fillet with 1 tsp of the olive oil mixture and season top with salt and pepper to taste. Top each with about 2 sprigs dill and 2 lemon slices (if using fresh thyme or rosemary use about 3/4 tsp per each, and if using parsley use 1 1/2 tsp).

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Wrap sides of foil inward over salmon then fold in top and bottom of foil to enclose.

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How Long Do You Bake Salmon?

This salmon recipe will take about 25 minutes at 400 degrees F to bake because it’s wrapped in foil with other ingredients.

Generally though, individual salmon fillets in a baking dish will take about 10 – 14 minutes at 400 degrees F. A side of salmon will take about 15 – 20 minutes at 400 degrees F.

Can I Use Other Veggies?

Of course! I love the classic combination of salmon and asparagus, but you’re welcome to use other vegetables. A few ideas include:

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Can I Use Frozen Salmon?

Yes, you may use frozen salmon to make these salmon foil packets. Just be sure to thaw the salmon before baking it.

Can I Use Dried Dill Instead of Fresh?

Yes, you’re welcome to use dried dill if that’s what you have on hand. I recommend using 1 1/2 tsp dried dill.

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This Oven Baked Salmon Recipe makes tender, flaky salmon in a delicious lemon garlic butter sauce. Roasted with asparagus spears, this low-carb dinner idea is packed with flavor and comes together in just one pan.

Looking for more salmon recipes? Try my popular Garlic Butter Baked Salmon!

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AN EASY BAKED SALMON RECIPE

Baked Salmon is my favorite way to prepare this beautiful fish, and this recipe is my go-to, 50% of the time. The other 50% is dedicated to my Garlic Butter Baked Salmon. What I like more about this recipe is that it includes my favorite veg, asparagus.

With the best flavor combination and ready in under 30 minutes, not only does this simple salmon and asparagus dinner come together super quickly and in just one pan, it also requires just a handful of ingredients. I think I mentioned them all in that long title up there. 👆 🤷‍♀️

I’m just sayin’ though; the key to making awesome seafood dinner will forever and always only require butter, garlic, and lemons. Amiright? ‘course I am! Red Lobster made a business out of it. 😉

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WHY DO WE PUT LEMON ON FISH?

  • The short answer is that lemon helps with eliminating that “fish smell”. Now, fresh fish should not taste nor smell “fishy”, but lemon works well to counter those briny flavors that you find in seafood.
  • Also, for a perfectly balanced flavor, you always need a bit of acid, some salt, a bit of sweet, some fat, and a little of savory.

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HOW TO MAKE OVEN BAKED SALMON

This recipe requires very little hands-on time. We’re not sautéing nor chopping anything here; just pop it in the oven and be done. 👏

  • First and foremost, snap off the woody ends of the asparagus.
  • Layer asparagus in a lightly buttered baking dish; spray with cooking spray and season with salt and pepper.
  • Next, arrange the salmon fillets over the asparagus; set aside.
  • Make the Garlic Lemon Butter PASTE and rub all over the salmon fillets. AND for the paste, use this Low Carb, Sugar Free, Keto Friendly Maple Syrup. It’s reallllllyyyy good!
  • Top salmon with lemon slices and fresh rosemary.
  • Bake at 400˚F for 17 to 20 minutes, or until fish flakes easily and asparagus is fork tender. For a light crisp and browned top, I suggest to pop it under the broiler for the last 3 to 4 minutes. Watch it closely and do not overcook.
  • Squeeze some lemon juice over the salmon, add fresh herbs if you’d like, and serve.

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Nothin’ to it! I say, whip up this quick and delicious salmon recipe, like, right now! The bright lemon flavors pair perfectly with butter and garlic, and the bit of rosemary adds a pungent touch to this wonderfully healthy meal.

Tip for leftovers: Chop up or flake the salmon into bite size pieces and toss it in salads. You can also add it over a pile of grains and have yourself a hearty lunch the next day.