Asparagus baked in the oven is the best way to cook this fresh vegetable. Cooking at 400°F for 8 to 12 minutes results in a flavorful side dish with a slightly crispy texture for the tips!
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Why This Recipe is So Good
Quick – It takes just 5 minutes to prepare and cooks in 8 to 12 minutes.
Easy – Wash and trim stalks. Drizzle with olive oil and bake.
Delicious – Roasting brings out the flavor without having to add a lot of extra ingredients.
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What You’ll Need to Make This Asparagus Recipe
Ingredients – 1 pound of fresh asparagus, a couple of tablespoons of olive oil, and optional salt if desired.
Equipment – This recipe is baked in an oven at 400°F on a cookie sheet.
Spices – Sprinkle with lemon juice or garlic.
Toppings – Sprinkle with parmesan cheese or bacon bits.
Line the cookie sheet with foil for easy cleanup.
For thicker stalks, blanch the asparagus in hot water for a few minutes before baking to make it tender and cook quicker.
Use fresh asparagus. Look for tender stalks that hold their shape and don’t wilt. They should snap easily. If using thick stalks, peel the stems with a potato peeler to discard the tough outer part.
This recipe works best with fresh asparagus. Frozen asparagus can be used if thawed, blotted with a paper towel and roasted but the flavor won’t be as strong and full.
Keto and Low-Carb.
Side dish that is easy to pop in the oven while you prepare the rest of the meal.
Family dinner recipe that is tasty and slightly crispy to round out the texture of the meal. Perfect finger food for little ones learning to explore new tastes!
Holidays sides for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. A perfect presentation for a healthy green side dish.
How to Store
Refrigerate cooled asparagus in an airtight storage container for 2 days. Reheat in oven or air fryer until hot.
Yes, rinse under running water or in a bowl of water several times to remove sand and dirt from the fresh asparagus stems and tips.
The ends are tough and not tasty. Discard them.
Yes, it is full of vitamins and nutrients. It has fiber and is low in calories.
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- 1 pound asparagus (fresh – thin stalks cook tender and quick)
- 2 tbls extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp salt (optional)
- Preheat oven to 400°F
- Break tough ends off or cut with a sharp knife.
- Rinse asparagus under running water. Pat dry with a paper towel.
- Wipe cookie sheet with a little olive oil to coat lightly.
- Place asparagus stalks in a single layer on cookie sheet.
- Drizzle olive oil over asparagus.
- Salt lightly if desired.
- Place cookie sheet in oven at 400°F and bake for 8 to 12 minutes depending on how thick the stalks are. For thin stalks it will take 8 minutes. If medium size it will take about 10 minute. Larger stalks could take 15 to 18 minutes. Watch closely at end of time to prevent overcooking. They should sizzle and turn slightly brown. Test with fork for tenderness.
- Remove from oven and serve immediately.