Oven Roasted Asparagus is the perfect side dish to accompany any meal. Tender asparagus spears are simply tossed with olive oil and seasonings and cooked in the oven. They caramelize beautifully while roasting adding another layer of flavor.
This side dish both looks and tastes elegant yet it’s easy to make and can be prepped well ahead of time.
We love bacon wrapped asparagus for holidays or Sunday dinner along with honey baked ham but this easy oven roasted asparagus recipe is one that you’ll find on my dinner table all year ’round! It is is so simple to prepare and needs just a couple of ingredients and the simplicity really allows the flavor of the asparagus to shine.
To Prep Asparagus I like to use as much of the edible stalk as possible. They do have a woody end and if you grab each end of the asparagus and bend, it will snap where the woody part ends leaving you with a tender asparagus tip.
Give it a quick rinse and allow it to dry before cooking. Added water will cause it to steam instead of roast.
How to Roast Asparagus
- Preheat oven to a high temperature.
- Place asparagus stalks on a pan and drizzle with olive oil, salt & pepper. Give the pan a little shake to coat the asparagus.
- Roast until tender.
Remove, sprinkle with your favorite toppings and serve.
How Long to Roast Asparagus
When you make roasted asparagus — or Roasted Broccoli (or any roasted vegetable for that matter) — do so in a hot oven of between 400 to 450 degrees. Remember, the whole point of roasting is to caramelize the outside while keeping the veggies perfectly tender crisp.
Asparagus spears are pretty delicate, so they’ll roast quickly in a hot oven. They can range from thin spears (the diameter of a pencil) to thick spears (the diameter of a small carrot) so the time can vary.
I always try to purchase thicker spears for roasting so they don’t over cook.
- Thick Spears 8-10 minutes at 425°F
- Thin Spears 5-7 minutes at 425°F
Toppings for Roasted Asparagus
There are lots of other ways you can top this oven roasted asparagus recipe to take maximum enjoyment from its all-too-short season. You can top the roasted spears with so many delicious options:
- minced garlic sautéed in browned butter
- parmesan cheese or another favorite cheese (and broil for a little bit)
- chopped pecans or pine nuts sautéed in butter
- lemony hollandaise sauce or bernaise sauce
- a squeeze of lemon or zest
What to Serve Asparagus With
- Serve as a side dish with Baked Chicken Breasts, grilled meats, steaks or roasts
- Asparagus pairs very well with salmon recicpes. Herb Crusted Baked Salmon, grilled, baked or broiled.
- Leftovers can be served chilled as a snack, added to an Antipasto Pasta Salad or antipasto plate.
- Add leftover asparagus to your favorite salad recipe or even to a stir fry.
- 1 bunch asparagus trimmed
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 clove garlic minced
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts optional
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest optional
- 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese grated, optional
- Preheat oven to 425°F.
- Wash asparagus and snap off woody stems.
- Place asparagus on a pan and toss with olive oil, garlic and salt & pepper.
- Roast 8-10 minutes or just until tender crisp.
- Top with desired toppings
More Roasted Veggies We Love
- Roasted Cabbage Steaks Recipe – So much flavor!
- Parmesan Roasted Broccoli – Family favorite!
- Roasted Green Beans – Top with cheeses.
- Easy Roasted Beets – Serve hot or cold (great for salads).
- Roasted Carrots – Perfect to serve with ham.
- Roasted Tomatoes – Summertime favorite