This Easy Roasted Asparagus recipe is quickly made in the oven and is so delicious and full of flavour. With this step by step guide, you’ll have a healthy side dish that pairs with any meal in under 20 minutes.
Today I have a super easy dinner tip for you. Buy asparagus! We always try to pick up a bunch or two whenever we are at the store because it is such a versatile vegetable but can be made quickly and easily. Sometimes when we are on a tight schedule, especially now with virtual learning at home, dinner time can be a little hurried. What I love about this easy roasted asparagus recipe is that it’s pretty hands off. While making our main dish for dinner, all I have to do is prep the asparagus and then the oven does all the work for me.
We love roasting asparagus as it’s a great source of fibre, low in calories, packed with vitamins and nutrition, is low carb, gluten-free, keto-friendly, paleo-friendly, and it really does go with any main dish you’re making. Plus, because we use parchment paper to line our sheet pans, cleaning up is super easy with this roasted asparagus recipe. No need to scrub a sheet pan!
If you want more easy and delicious healthy side dishes recipes, try my Parmesan Brussels Sprouts Salad, Easy Coleslaw Recipe, Broccoli Salad Recipe, Shredded Brussels Sprout Salad, Pomegranate Glazed Brussels Sprouts, Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Mayo Mustard Dressing, and Garlic Parmesan Roasted Brussel Sprouts.
How to Choose Asparagus
When at the store, here are some tips on what to look for when picking asparagus so you get the freshest bunch:
- You want the asparagus spears to feel firm.
- The spears should also be able to stay upright, you don’t want them to be droopy or limp.
- The tips of the spears should be tight and closed.
- When you squeeze a bunch, there should be a squeaky sound.
How to Prep Asparagus To Roast
When I say prepping asparagus is easy, I really mean easy! Simply hold up one of the asparagus spears and snap off the end. This gives you an estimate of where to cut the rest of your asparagus. Line them up on a cutting board and cut off the ends.
Alternatively, if you have some time and want to get your kids involved, you can have them snap off each of the asparagus ends individually.
You want to remove the ends of the asparagus as they are tough and woody. It’s not very pleasant to eat so it has to be removed.
How to Make this Easy Roasted Asparagus
- Asparagus — washed and dried
- Olive oil
- Coarse salt and black pepper — to taste
- Dried oregano
- Freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- Lemon wedges
Prepare the Oven and Asparagus.
- Preheat oven to 425ºF and grease a baking sheet with cooking spray, line it with parchment paper, and set aside.
- Break off the tough ends of the asparagus and arrange the asparagus on the prepared baking sheet in a single layer.
Season and Roast the Asparagus
- Drizzle with olive oil, and toss well. Use a pastry brush (basting brush) if necessary to coat each asparagus spear.
- Sprinkle with salt, pepper and dried oregano.
- Roast the asparagus for 10-12 minutes or until crisp-tender. Season with Parmesan cheese and lemon wedges.
Easy Roasted Asparagus Recipe Variations
This simple and easy roasted asparagus recipe can be changed up in many different ways! Try these seasoning combinations for your next batch of roasted asparagus:
- Italian seasoning + lemon juice
- Garlic powder + onion powder + smoked paprika
- Salt + pepper + red chili flakes
- Minced garlic + lemon zest + lemon juice
- Salt + pepper + fresh thyme
How to Store Fresh Asparagus
After purchasing your asparagus, if you’re not using it right away for this easy roasted asparagus recipe, it’s important to store it correctly in the fridge or it’ll quickly wilt. Here’s what to do:
- Trim the ends of the asparagus.
- Place the asparagus in a jar with a bit less than 1 inch of water.
- Cover the top of the spears with a plastic bag.
- Store in the fridge.
- You can skip cutting off the ends when roasting your asparagus if you’ve already cut them off to store them in the fridge.
- Be sure to thoroughly dry your asparagus after you’ve washed them. If your asparagus is wet when it goes into the oven, you’ll end up steaming them instead of roasting them.
- How long you roast your asparagus depends on the thickness of them. The asparagus in my photos are around a medium thickness. If yours is thinner, roast for 2-3 minutes less or if yours is thicker, roast for 2-3 minutes more.
- We rarely have leftovers with this recipe. However, if you have some, simply wrap it up in an airtight container and store it in the fridge. For the best results the next day, reheat the asparagus in the oven.
Main Dishes To Make With This Easy Roasted Asparagus
- Garlic Herb Butter Roast Chicken
- Blackened Salmon Recipe
- Baked Meatballs Casserole (Low-Carb)
- Simple Garlic Butter Salmon Recipe
- Garlic Butter Pork Tenderloin Recipe
- Garlic Butter Scallops Recipe
Easy Roasted Asparagus
Preheat oven to 425ºF. Grease a baking sheet with cooking spray, line it with parchment paper, and set aside.
Break off the tough ends of the asparagus.
Arrange the asparagus on the prepared baking sheet in a single layer.
Drizzle with olive oil, and toss well. Use a pastry brush (basting brush) if necessary to coat each asparagus spear.
Sprinkle with salt, pepper and dried oregano.
Roast the asparagus for 10-12 minutes or until crisp-tender. Season with Parmesan cheese and lemon wedges.
Nutrition InformationAmount per serving (1/4) — Calories: 92, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Sodium: 3mg, Potassium: 323mg, Carbohydrates: 6g, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 3g, Protein: 4g
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