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Are you always looking for easy, healthy dinner sides like me? Add this step-by-step guide for how to cook asparagus in the oven to your list. This easy method for oven roasted asparagus recipe is both super simple and super delicious! And that is always a good thing when it comes to dinner, right?
Why You’ll Love This Oven Roasted Asparagus Recipe
- Mild, sweet flavor
- Perfectly golden, tender stalks with crispy tips
- Just 3 simple ingredients (plus salt and pepper)
- Quick to prepare — just 5 minutes!
- Easy, healthy side dish
Ingredients You’ll Need
This section explains how to choose the basic ingredients for roasted asparagus, what each one does in the recipe, and substitution options. For measurements, see the recipe card below.
- Fresh Asparagus – Choose firm asparagus spears, with tightly closed tips, and trim the tough, woody ends. Any thickness is fine; you’ll just need to adjust the cook time based on that (see below for oven roasted asparagus cook times). This recipe calls for a pound, which is a common amount for one bunch of asparagus, but keep in mind the weight will be less after trimming.
- Olive Oil – Oil is a must for roasted vegetables; it helps with browning and flavor. You can use regular olive oil or avocado oil for a mild taste, or extra virgin olive oil for a richer taste.
- Garlic Powder – This is optional, but adds great flavor. I don’t recommend using fresh minced garlic because it tends to burn, but if you want to use that, add it in the last few minutes of cooking.
- Sea Salt & Black Pepper – Kosher salt is also fine to use if that’s what you have.
See the section below for variations and what else you can add!
How To Roast Asparagus In The Oven
This section shows how to make oven roasted asparagus, with step-by-step photos and details about the technique, to help you visualize it. For full instructions, including amounts and temperatures, see the recipe card below.
- Trim. Remove the tough, woody ends of the asparagus.
FYI: There are a couple of ways to trim asparagus.
The simplest way is to just line up the stalks parallel to each other and cut off the woody ends using a knife. But, if you want each stalk trimmed at the optimal spot, simply bend each asparagus stalk gently until the end snaps off.
- Season. Arrange the asparagus in a single layer on a sheet pan (you can line with aluminum foil if you want, but you don’t have to). Drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and garlic powder if you’d like. Toss with your hands, then arrange in a single layer again.
TIP: Make sure that each piece touches the pan.
This will help your roasted asparagus brown a little and cook evenly.
- Roast. Place the asparagus in the oven and roast until it’s crisp-tender.
- Serve. You can serve your oven roasted asparagus right away, and I highly recommend a squeeze of lemon.
How Long To Roast Asparagus?
The cooking time for asparagus in the oven depends on the thickness. It can range from 8-20 minutes, but 12-15 minutes at 400 degrees F is average.
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It’s easy to customize this oven roasted asparagus recipe by making any of these additions:
- Lemon – I usually just add a squeeze of lemon after cooking, but you can also toss the asparagus in fresh lemon juice, add lemon zest, or do both, before cooking.
- Balsamic Vinegar – Toss the asparagus spears in balsamic vinegar in addition to the olive oil.
- Parmesan Cheese – Sprinkle on a few tablespoons of parmesan before or after cooking. For thick stalks that take longer to cook, this is best to do halfway through cooking. If you want an even more cheesy version, try my baked asparagus with parmesan.
- Herbs & Seasonings – Add Italian seasoning or red pepper flakes before roasting. Fresh herbs, such as basil or parsley, are also delicious sprinkled on at the end.
- Store: If you make the roasted asparagus ahead of time, simply store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
- Reheat: You can eat it straight from the fridge, let it warm up to room temperature, or quickly reheat the roasted asparagus in the oven, the microwave, or a hot pan.
- Freeze: I would not recommend freezing roasted asparagus recipes. Frozen asparagus tends to get mushy, though it could be okay to use in creamy asparagus soup or an asparagus casserole.
What To Serve With Roasted Asparagus
This oven roasted asparagus recipe makes a great veggie side dish for chicken or fish, and is especially tasty as a side to an egg dish for a spring brunch. You can even add a drizzle of hollandaise sauce if you like.
Here are some simple meals to pair with it:
- Chicken – Make air fryer chicken breast or pan seared chicken breast while roasting asparagus in the oven, or make baked chicken legs first and then cook the asparagus quickly.
- Steak – For a steakhouse meal, serve up your asparagus with a sirloin steak, or even filet mignon or ribeye.
- Seafood – Asparagus is one of the best vegetable pairings for fish and seafood. Try it with pan seared salmon or air fryer shrimp, or for a fancier meal, lobster tail or sea bass.
- Eggs – Make a brunch spread with coddled eggs or baked eggs in a muffin tin.
More Easy Asparagus Recipes
Roasting is one of my favorite ways to cook asparagus, but you can also make it in other ways:
My Tools For Roasting Asparagus
- Baking sheet – This one never sticks (no foil required) and is a great size for roasting asparagus in the oven.
Oven Roasted Asparagus Recipe
Oven Roasted Asparagus (So Easy!)
This oven roasted asparagus recipe is perfectly tender and takes less than 20 minutes, with simple ingredients. An easy, healthy side dish!
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Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (204 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with foil, if desired.
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 asparagus in the oven until crisp-tender: 8-11 minutes for thin stalks, 12-15 minutes for average stalks, or 16-20 minutes for thick stalks.. (Time will depend on thickness of asparagus.)
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