Roasted Asparagus + 3 Topping Ideas

Roasted asparagus is an easy and healthy side dish that comes together in less than 30 minutes and can be flavored in a variety of ways. Try topping it with fresh lemon, red pepper flakes or parmesan cheese. 

We’re going back to the basics today! This is the type of recipe that I make weekly and don’t even realize it’s something that I should share because it’s just so dang simple.

I started a #EBFbasics series and am excited to share another staple recipe today! Check out my guide for how to cook spaghetti squash, my quick pickled onions recipe and this lemon vinaigrette if you need more basic recipes to elevate your next meal.

Roasted asparagus on a plate topped with red pepper flakes, parmesan and fresh lemon.

Roasting Vegetables

Roasted veggies are a staple in the EBF household. Name a vegetable and I’ve probably roasted it before. We love roasted broccoli, asparagus and squash, but my favorite is probably roasted sweet potatoes. And the process is pretty similar for almost all veggies. The cooking time may vary from vegetable to vegetable, but the basic technique is the same: chopped veggies, a little oil, salt, pepper and whatever other seasonings you like. Roast at 375-400°F until veggies are fork soft and golden. That’s it!

Roasted asparagus in a bowl, topped with parmesan, red pepper flakes, and fresh lemon.

Asparagus Nutrition Facts

You can likely find asparagus year round at your local grocery store but asparagus is in season in the spring so it tastes best from March-June and it’s peak month is April!

It is a nutrient dense food, meaning it packs a lot of nutrients and not a lot of calories. 1 cup of asparagus is only 20 calories so it’s a wonderful vegetable for volume eating. It’s also loaded with fiber and has a lot of great vitamins and minerals – the most notable being folate, a nutrient that is essential for a healthy pregnancy, as well as, vitamin A, C and vitamin K, an essential nutrient for blood clotting and bone health.

Sheet pan with asparagus, ready to be roasted in the oven.

How to Cook Asparagus

I love blanching asparagus for asparagus salad, but my favorite way to cook asparagus is to roast it! If you think you aren’t an asparagus fan, but you’ve only had it steamed, promise me you’ll try roasting it. Mushy asparagus is the worst, but that only happens when it’s overcooked. Trust me, it doesn’t become mushy when you roast it. It caramelizes a bit and gets nice and crisp, especially the tips. They’re the best part.

  1. For roasting, you’ll start by preheating the oven to 425° while you prep the asparagus. Rinse your asparagus well and trim off the tough portion of the stalk. You may or may not know this trick, but hold the asparagus spear in your two hands and bend it near the base. The spear will snap off where the woody part of the stalk ends and the edible stem begins.
  2. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Spread out the asparagus spears into a single layer on the baking sheet. Place in a preheated oven and bake for 12-15 minutes.
  3. After roasting, remove from the oven and add your favorite toppings. I love a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, a sprinkle with red pepper flakes or parmesan cheese.

Plate of roasted asparagus topped with parmesan, red pepper flakes, and a lemon wedge on the side. Beside the bowl are smaller bowls filled with red pepper, parmesan, and a cutting board with lemon slices.

If you make this roasted asparagus, please be sure to leave a comment and star rating below letting me know how it turns out. Your feedback is so helpful for the EBF team and other EBF readers.

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Plate of roasted asparagus topped with parmesan, red pepper flakes, and a lemon wedge on the side. Beside the bowl are smaller bowls filled with red pepper, parmesan, and a cutting board with lemon slices.

Roasted Asparagus


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2

Description

Roasted asparagus is an easy and healthy side dish that comes together in less than 30 minutes and can be flavored in a variety of ways. Try topping it with fresh lemon, red pepper flakes or parmesan cheese. 


Ingredients

  • 1 bunch fresh asparagus
  • 12 Tablespoons olive or avocado oil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • toppings: lemon, crushed red pepper, parmesan cheese (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Place the asparagus into a mixing bowl, and drizzle with the olive oil. Toss to coat the spears, then sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  3. Arrange the asparagus onto a baking sheet in a single layer.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until just tender, 12 to 15 minutes depending on thickness.
  5. Sprinkle with lemon juice (about 1 Tablespoon for the whole batch) and red pepper flakes (if using) just before serving. You can also add shredded parmesan cheese.
  • Category: Side
  • Method: Roast
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: roasted asparagus

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Recipe rating

    11 comments
    1. Jodi
      April 6, 2021 AT 7:27 am

      From the snapping the edible end apart to the olive oil, lemon and crushed pepper~this recipe is PERFECTION!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 6, 2021 AT 7:26 pm

        Yay! So glad you loved this recipe, Jodi. Thanks so much for making it and for coming back to leave a review. I really appreciate it.

    2. Jessica strong
      December 9, 2019 AT 6:17 am

      How to cook asparagus in a variety of tasty dishes where you can serve this seasonal vegetable as blanched, griddled, roasted or as a raw.

    3. Kiran soni
      August 30, 2019 AT 4:20 am

      How to cook asparagus in a variety of tasty dishes where you can serve this seasonal vegetable as blanched, griddled, roasted or as a raw.

    4. mohit patel
      August 26, 2019 AT 12:54 am

      How to cook asparagus in a variety of tasty dishes where you can serve this seasonal vegetable as blanched, griddled, roasted or as a raw.

    5. Louise
      May 4, 2019 AT 10:36 am

      I made these with olive oil and spring with red pepper. My husband loved them as well !!

    6. Mary Furlanetto
      April 30, 2019 AT 9:05 am

      I bake my asparagus with olive oil and crumbled goat cheese. Delicious!

    7. Sharon Rausch
      April 30, 2019 AT 4:19 am

      I found your blog by chance. It’s amazing great effort. Thank you so much.

    8. Nancy
      April 29, 2019 AT 3:34 pm

      Need to use a different oil, Olive won’t tolerate the heat, avocado oil will. As will coconut.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 1, 2019 AT 12:52 pm

        I love avocado oil and use it for high-heat cooking and roasting. Regular olive oil, not virgin or extra virgin is suitable for high-heat cooking as well. Coconut oil isn’t the best for high heat as it’s smoke point is 350. Check out this blog post for all my favorite healthy cooking oils.

      2. Dani
        May 1, 2019 AT 12:18 pm

        I use olive oil for roasting veggies 🙂

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