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Are you always looking for easy dinner sides like me? Getting dinner on the table can be a battle, and I’ve found that when I have a lot of low carb side dish ideas in my back pocket, it makes the process of dinner that much easier. Enter this step-by-step guide on how to cook asparagus in the oven. My method for the best way to cook asparagus in the oven is both super simple and super delicious! And that is always a good thing when it comes to dinner, right?
I think this is the best way to roast asparagus because the cooking method is really easy (roasting is the best for simplicity) and the seasonings really basic, so that it goes with just about anything. This asparagus makes a great veggie side dish for low carb chicken recipes, grilled steak, and is especially tasty as a side to an egg dish for a spring brunch.
But I’ve also been known to snack on it directly from the pan – it’s that good! If you love it as much as we do, it’s bound to become a staple in your house. It’s fast and easy and while I may be biased, I think it’s the best way to cook asparagus!
So, let’s get to the baked asparagus recipe, shall we?
Can You Roast Asparagus In The Oven?
Yes, you can roast asparagus in the oven, and you definitely should! It’s one of my favorite ways to make asparagus.
The process is hands-off, easy, and fast. The asparagus gets golden and the tips get a little crunchy (my favorite part) while the stalk is perfectly tender. It’s the best way to make asparagus compared to sautéing or steaming it. (Please don’t steam it!)
Grab your XL sheet pan and some fresh asparagus. It’s time to learn the best way to bake asparagus!
How To Cook Asparagus In The Oven
The process for how to roast asparagus in the oven is super easy! Simply arrange the asparagus on a baking sheet, drizzle with some olive oil, and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and garlic powder if you’d like.
Toss it with your fingers, then arrange in a single layer again. Make sure each piece touches the pan:
Then, just roast the asparagus in the oven until it’s crisp-tender.
How Long Do You Cook Asparagus In The Oven?
The cooking time for asparagus in the oven varies based on the temperature and the size of the asparagus, but a good rule of thumb is that medium-sized asparagus stalks will take about 12-15 minutes in a 400 degree oven. This is the cooking time that I recommend in the recipe below, but you’ll want to adjust accordingly if your asparagus is extra small or extra large!
To determine asparagus cooking time in the oven, you need to consider the size of the stalk because the asparagus bake time will vary depending on the size. If you have very thin stalks, check them around 7-8 minutes, and if they are really wide stalks, start checking them at 14-15 minutes.
Here is how it looks when it’s done. I like to add a squeeze of lemon afterward.
Now that you know what temp to cook asparagus in the oven…
Do You Have To Peel Asparagus?
You don’t have to peel asparagus. But, you do want to trim the end off of the asparagus stalk, as it’s very tough, woody, and inedible. You can either snap it off with your hands, cut it with a chef’s knife or peel it with a vegetable peeler. Any of those options work, but using a knife is probably the quickest and my go-to method.
PRO TIP: If you bend the asparagus gently, the part to cut off is the part that is so hard that it snaps off when bent.
Some recipes call for peeling the asparagus if it’s part of a shaved salad or a topping of for pizza. It’s a great option to switch up the cooking technique, but in this baked asparagus recipe, we’re not peeling it!
How To Store Oven Roasted Asparagus
If you make the roasted asparagus ahead of time, simply store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. You can eat it straight from the fridge, let it warm up to room temperature, or quickly heat it in the microwave or in a hot pan. You can’t go wrong either way, but I prefer it warm.
I can’t guarantee that you’ll have any leftovers though, this asparagus goes quick at our house and rarely even makes it into the refrigerator.
I always get questions about freezing leftovers, but I would not recommend freezing this baked asparagus recipe! Frozen asparagus is a tad mushy – I don’t recommend it.
What To Serve With Oven Roasted Asparagus
Easy asparagus recipes like this one make a great low carb side dish to meals like:
- Slow Cooker Crack Chicken – Serve it up on some low carb buns (the bun recipe is in my cookbook!)
- Keto Low Carb Pot Roast – Another easy, hands-off slow cooker recipe.
- The Best Steak Bites Appetizer – These may be an app, but they are also perfect as a main dish, too.
- Paleo Caramelized Lemon Chicken Piccata – You can skip the sweetener to keep this dish low carb.
These dinners also go well with cauliflower rice if you want a heartier side to add to the asparagus.
Tools To Make Oven Roasted Asparagus:
Click the links below to see the items used to make this recipe.
- 8-Inch Chef’s Knife – My go-to knife for chopping just about anything. It makes trimming asparagus a breeze!
- Baking sheet – This XL baking sheet never, ever sticks and is a great size for roasting asparagus in the oven!
- Olive oil – This is my favorite every day olive oil from Italy. It’s perfect for roasted vegetables like this one.
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Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (204 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with foil.
Arrange asparagus in a single layer on the baking sheet, all parallel.
Drizzle the asparagus with olive oil. Sprinkle with sea salt, black pepper and garlic powder, if using.
Use your hands to toss and turn the pieces, so that they are evenly coated in oil and seasoning. Rearrange in a single layer.
Roast in the oven for 12 to 20 minutes, until crisp tender. (Time will depend on thickness of asparagus.)
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