Roasted Asparagus

Tender asparagus is one of the first vegetables harvested in Spring and is a celebration of warmer days to come. The vibrant spears cook up in only about 15 minutes and are a Spring favorite!

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I love roasted asparagus. It is my favorite way to prepare the early Spring veggie. The magic of roasting asparagus lies in the transformation that takes place during the cooking process. The high heat of the oven causes the asparagus to caramelize and intensifies its sweetness, while the slight charring adds a hint of smokiness. The garlic and lemon zest infuse the spears with fragrant flavors, elevating the taste to a whole new level. The result is tender asparagus with a delightful texture and a perfect balance of savory and tangy notes.

Roasted asparagus is not only delicious, but it also offers versatility in terms of serving options. It can be served as a side dish alongside a variety of main courses, such as grilled chicken, fish, or roasted meats. The vibrant green color and enticing aroma of the roasted asparagus make it visually appealing, adding a touch of elegance to any meal. Whether you’re preparing a special dinner or a quick weeknight supper, roasted asparagus is a fantastic choice that brings freshness and flavor to the table.

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Reasons You’ll Love Roasted Asparagus

Roasted asparagus is a delightful dish that offers several reasons to love it. Here are a few:

    • Incredible Flavor – Roasting asparagus enhances its natural sweetness and flavor profile. The caramelization process adds depth and complexity to the asparagus, creating a delicious combination of savory and smoky notes. Adding garlic and lemon zest further elevates the taste, providing a burst of freshness and tanginess. The result is a mouthwatering dish that is both satisfying and irresistible.
    • Simple Preparation – One of the beauties of roasted asparagus is its simplicity. With just a few basic ingredients and minimal effort, you can create a fantastic side dish that impresses with its flavors. Trimming the asparagus, tossing it with seasonings, and popping it in the oven is all it takes to achieve a delicious outcome. Whether you’re a seasoned cook or a beginner in the kitchen, roasted asparagus is a recipe that anyone can master.
    • Versatile and Elegant – Roasted asparagus is a versatile dish that complements a wide range of main courses. It pairs beautifully with grilled meats like chicken, beef, or lamb, adding a refreshing and vibrant element to the plate. It also harmonizes with seafood options such as salmon, shrimp, or scallops, creating a balanced and visually appealing meal. The elegant appearance of roasted asparagus makes it suitable for casual family dinners and special occasions.
    • Nutritional Benefits – Asparagus is known for its nutritional value; roasting retains many health benefits. It is a low-calorie vegetable rich in vitamins A, C, and K, as well as folate and fiber. It also contains antioxidants and is believed to have anti-inflammatory properties. By incorporating roasted asparagus into your meals, you can enjoy a delicious dish while nourishing your body with essential nutrients.
    • Texture and Visual Appeal – Roasting asparagus gives it a tender yet slightly crispy texture that adds an enjoyable mouthfeel to every bite. The spears maintain their vibrant green color, providing an appetizing visual appeal on the plate. The caramelization and charring from roasting create an appealing contrast of colors and textures, making roasted asparagus visually enticing and inviting.

Roasted asparagus offers an explosion of flavors, easy preparation, versatility, nutritional benefits, and an appealing texture and appearance. These reasons, among others, make it a beloved dish that you’ll love and enjoy sharing with family and friends.

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Ingredients for Perfectly Roasted Asparagus

Roasting elevates asparagus to new heights!

    • Fresh Asparagus – Choose a bunch of fresh asparagus with firm, vibrant green spears. Look for smooth, crisp stalks without any signs of wilting or discoloration.
    • Olive Oil – Drizzle high-quality extra-virgin olive oil over the asparagus to add moisture and aid in the roasting process.
    • Purple Basil – Gently tear away several purple basil leaves. Wash and set aside. 
    • Lemon Zest – Grate lemon zest to provide a refreshing and tangy element that complements the natural sweetness of the asparagus.
    • Salt and Black Pepper – Season the asparagus with salt and freshly ground black pepper to enhance the flavors and balance the taste.

With just a handful of ingredients, you can create a captivating dish highlighting the essence of asparagus. The combination of fresh asparagus, quality olive oil, fragrant garlic, zesty lemon zest, and a pinch of salt and black pepper transforms this humble vegetable into a star of the culinary world. Gather these ingredients and get ready to embark on a flavorful adventure with roasted asparagus.

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How to Make Irresistible Roasted Asparagus

Making roasted asparagus is very easy, and you’ll love it!

    • Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C) – Set your oven to this temperature to ensure it reaches the optimal heat for roasting the asparagus.
    • Rinse a bunch of fresh asparagus under cold water and trim off the tough ends – Wash the asparagus spears under cold water to remove any dirt or debris. Then, using a sharp knife, cut off the tough ends of the spears, usually about 1-2 inches from the bottom.
    • Place the asparagus on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper -Line a baking sheet with parchment paper to prevent the asparagus from sticking and to make cleanup easier. Place the trimmed asparagus spears on the prepared baking sheet in a single layer.
    • Drizzle olive oil over the asparagus, ensuring its evenly coated – Drizzle a generous amount of olive oil over the asparagus spears, ensuring each one is coated. The oil helps to enhance the flavor and aids in the roasting process.
    • Sprinkle minced garlic, lemon zest, salt, and black pepper over the asparagus – Evenly distribute the minced garlic, lemon zest, salt, and black pepper over the asparagus. These seasonings add additional layers of flavor to the dish, complementing the natural taste of the asparagus.
    • Toss the asparagus gently to distribute the seasonings – Using your hands or tongs, toss the asparagus gently to ensure the seasonings are evenly spread, and coat the spears thoroughly.
    • Spread the asparagus in a single layer on the baking sheet – Arrange the asparagus spears in a single layer, ensuring they are not overcrowded on the baking sheet. This allows for even roasting and ensures that the asparagus cooks properly.
    • Roast in the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes, or until tender and slightly crispy – Place the baking sheet with the asparagus in the preheated oven and roast for about 12-15 minutes, or until the asparagus is tender and slightly crispy. Cooking times may vary, so keep an eye on them to avoid overcooking.
    • Carefully remove from the oven and transfer to a serving dish – Once the asparagus is roasted to perfection, remove the baking sheet using oven mitts or kitchen towels to protect your hands. Transfer the roasted asparagus to a serving dish or plate.
    • Serve hot and enjoy the irresistible flavors of roasted asparagus – The roasted asparagus is best enjoyed immediately while it is still hot. Serve it as a side dish or incorporate it into your favorite recipes. Relish the irresistible flavors of the tender and slightly crispy asparagus spears.

Roasted Asparagus Variations and Tips

    • Add additional flavor – For an extra burst of flavor, you can sprinkle some grated Parmesan cheese or crumbled feta cheese over the roasted asparagus right before serving.
    • Experiment: Feel free to experiment with additional seasonings such as smoked paprika, dried herbs like thyme or rosemary, or balsamic vinegar for a tangy twist.
    • Add some crunch: After roasting, if you prefer a bit of crunch in your asparagus, top it with some toasted almonds or pine nuts.

How to Serve Roasted Asparagus

Roasted Asparagus is the perfect side dish, but it also finds its way into many of our recipes. Here are some ideas for servings

  • Dairy-Free Pasta Primavera
  • On Salads
  • Grilled Tofu
  • Black Bean Burgers

If you decided to try this recipe please do let us know in the comments below.

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Roasted Asparagus

Denise Keniston - Basil Lover
Tender, roasted asparagus is one of the first vegetables harvested in Spring and is a celebration of warmer days to come. The vibrant spears cook up in only about 15 minutes and are a Spring favorite!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Course Side Dish

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C) – Set your oven to this temperature to ensure it reaches the optimal heat for roasting the asparagus.
  • Rinse a bunch of fresh asparagus under cold water and trim off the tough ends – Wash the asparagus spears under cold water to remove any dirt or debris. Then, using a sharp knife, cut off the tough ends of the spears, usually about 1-2 inches from the bottom.
  • Place the asparagus on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper -Line a baking sheet with parchment paper to prevent the asparagus from sticking and to make cleanup easier. Place the trimmed asparagus spears on the prepared baking sheet in a single layer.
  • Drizzle olive oil over the asparagus, ensuring its evenly coated – Drizzle a generous amount of olive oil over the asparagus spears, ensuring each one is coated. The oil helps to enhance the flavor and aids in the roasting process
  • Sprinkle minced garlic, lemon zest, salt, and black pepper over the asparagus – Evenly distribute the minced garlic, lemon zest, salt, and black pepper over the asparagus. These seasonings add additional layers of flavor to the dish, complementing the natural taste of the asparagus.
  • Toss the asparagus gently to distribute the seasonings – Using your hands or tongs, toss the asparagus gently to ensure the seasonings are evenly spread, and coat the spears thoroughl.
  • Spread the asparagus in a single layer on the baking sheet – Arrange the asparagus spears in a single layer, ensuring they are not overcrowded on the baking sheet. This allows for even roasting and ensures that the asparagus cooks properly.
  • Roast in the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes, or until tender and slightly crispy – Place the baking sheet with the asparagus in the preheated oven and roast for about 12-15 minutes, or until the asparagus is tender and slightly crispy. Cooking times may vary, so keep an eye on them to avoid overcooking.
  • Carefully remove from the oven and transfer to a serving dish – Once the asparagus is roasted to perfection, remove the baking sheet using oven mitts or kitchen towels to protect your hands. Transfer the roasted asparagus to a serving dish or plate.
  • Serve hot and enjoy the irresistible flavors of roasted asparagus – The roasted asparagus is best enjoyed immediately while it is still hot. Serve it as a side dish or incorporate it into your favorite recipes. Relish the irresistible flavors of the tender and slightly crispy asparagus spears.
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