Oven Roasted Asparagus Recipe

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Looking for a side dish that is simple enough to make with just a few minutes prep and a few simple ingredients – without compromising flavor – look no further than our my oven roasted asparagus recipe!

I’ve been making this side dish since I would throw elaborate dinner parties for my friends in my 20’s – and still do at least once a week now! My whole family loves this crazy simple side.

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Easy Baked Asparagus

This asparagus is great for low carb and keto diets, and is a great delicious side dish for weeknight dinners, Sunday suppers, and even fancy dinner parties!

I love how simple and fresh this asparagus recipe tastes – it is always one of the first side dishes gone off our table.

Fresh roasted asparagus is fabulous as a low carb side dish – but it is also delicious chopped in sandwiches, omelettes, frittatas, salads, pastas, and rice casseroles. 

Since this roasted asparagus recipe is so simple, it works in all sorts of dishes, making it the perfect easy side dish that is crazy versatile! 

I will often make a double batch when roasting asparagus – and serve half right away, with half chopped and saved in the refrigerator overnight to make in frittatas the next morning, or in stir frys for lunch! 

This is our family’s go-to recipe for the most delicious asparagus – I know your family will love it as much as ours does too. 

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How to Roast Asparagus

To make this recipe, you will need:

  • 1 bunch asparagus, woody ends trimmed off
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, extra virgin
  • 2 tsp garlic salt or garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp sea salt, celtic (skip if using garlic salt)
  • 1 tsp pepper, fresh cracked

Tips to Perfect Oven Roasted Asparagus

These tips and tricks will help you get perfect oven baked asparagus every time – and is a wonderful base recipe you can use to add your favorite flavors to! 

-Preheat oven to 425 degrees, and turn down to 400 degrees when placing asparagus in oven to cook. This will help the asparagus to cook quickly so it can crisp up without going soggy. 

-Cook on a rimmed baking sheet, to reduce risk of hot oil sliding off when pulling out of oven. Asparagus roll often when moving in the oven – as does the oil – so a rimmed baking sheet helps to keep you safe and your oven clean! 

-Liberally season with garlic salt and pepper. If using garlic salt, don’t add extra sea salt. 

-Lay asparagus in a single layer to cook faster and more evenly. Asparagus should at the very least be all laying flat on your baking sheet – preferably with a tiny bit of space in between each spear. Don’t worry too much about spacing your asparagus evenly – but try to not have them all on top of each other when roasting for the best texture. 

-Use a high quality of olive oil since this recipe is so simple – you will taste the oil you use more than many recipes.

-Top with parmesan cheese and lemon juice for even more delicious low carb asparagus flavor!

-This recipe is best in asparagus season in spring – but is delicious year round. While out of season asparagus is likely imported or grown in a greenhouse, my favorite tip to tell if it is fresh is to sniff the spears in the store. Fresh asparagus should have no smell – but asparagus starting to go off will smell slightly like fish. 

-Trim woody ends off asparagus. Whether you snap the asparagus to tell where to cut, or cut off a couple inches, be sure to trim the woody ends from asparagus since they are bitter, tough, and very hard to chew. 

FAQ’s

Where do you trim asparagus?

To cut the woody end from asparagus, which is tough to chew and has a blander flavor, fold one piece of asparagus in half, with light pressure. It should snap low to the base right above the woody base. Lay this piece next to the bunch of asparagus and use it as a guide for where to trim the rest.

What temperature do you roast asparagus at?

Asparagus does best with high heat so it can cook quickly – nobody likes a mushy vegetable. Roast at 425 degrees Fahrenheit.

Can I store this recipe?

Any leftovers can be stored in an airtight container and kept in the refrigerator for up to four days.

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If you love this perfect, tender asparagus, check out some of our other all time favorite recipes like our perfect, tender, juicy pork tenderloin baked in a foil pouch a garlic butter sauce; perfect crispy crunchy air fryer fries.

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The Best Oven Roasted Asparagus Recipe

The Best Easy Oven Roasted Asparagus Recipe – delicious, buttery, salty and rich oven roasted asparagus that takes under 3 minutes of prep and just 15 minutes to make the most delicious easy low carb asparagus side dish ever! 
Course Vegetables
Cuisine American
Keyword asparagus, best roasted asparagus, keto, roasted asparagus
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 46kcal
Author Courtney ODell

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch asparagus woody ends trimmed off
  • 2 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 2 tsp garlic salt or garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp sea salt celtic (skip if using garlic salt)
  • 1 tsp pepper fresh cracked

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees. 
  • Trim asparagus to remove tough, woody ends – discard ends. 
  • On a baking sheet (line with aluminum foil or parchment paper for easy cleanup), lay down asparagus. 
  • Drizzle asparagus with olive oil and lemon juice, mix around with hands to coat evenly. 
  • Generously season with salt and pepper. 
  • Turn oven to 400 degrees.
  • Place asparagus in oven and roast at 400 for 15 minutes – checking at around 10 minutes to see if tips have started to brown slightly and asparagus has softened a bit. 
  • Cook until asparagus is soft and has crunchy browned bits, about 15 minutes total (this is very dependent on your oven and the thickness of the asparagus stalks – watch it to be sure it doesn’t overcook.)
  • When asparagus is done, serve immediately. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 46kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 918mg

About Courtney

Courtney loves to share great wine, good food, and loves to explore far flung places- all while masting an everyday elegant and easy style at lifestyle blog Sweet C’s Designs. Sweet C's devoted to finding the best food and drinks you'll want to make or find, around the world!

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6 Comments

  1. Colleen knight says:

    Do you have to use fresh parmasan cheese for this

    1. Katherine says:

      I fresh grate it yes but you can use the fake stuff, it will have a different taste.

  2. Rachel says:

    Hi Courtney,
    Thanks for the great recipes. Everything looks delicious.
    Please take care.

  3. Flowers Indiawide says:

    Thanks for the nutritional information and easy to make recipe. It’ll be very healthy and tasty.