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Fail-Proof Roasted Asparagus

Updated on March 9, 2015

Preheat your oven to 425°F (225°C).

Wash the asparagus spears and trim an inch or two off the thick ends. You can do this by gently bending the spear near the end until the woody part snaps off, or just use a knife to hack all the butts off in one go.

Lay the asparagus in a single layer on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. You can use a piece of parchment paper to make cleanup easier (remember, you can put the paper in the kitchen waste/compost bin afterwards).

Use a pair of tongs or a fork to roll the spears around and make sure each one has a nice coating of oil, but try not to leave them layered on top of each other. Sprinkle on salt and pepper to taste.

Roast for about 12-15 minutes, or until you see the asparagus shriveled up a little bit. The pointy ends should be nice and crispy.

Serve with a little extra salt, pepper, or butter as an option to taste.


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      Katelyn Weel 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks for the feedback!

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      Kitchen Angel 5 years ago

      This recipe rocks! Didn't alleviate the bitterness of this batch of asparagus but....I would never have thought to oven roast the asparagus even though I throw it on the BBQ grill. I used the parchment paper to roll the spears thru the EVOO, salt and pepper. Turned out amazing - still served with Hollandaise to avoid an Easter riot. Really a nice change from steamed. Thanks!

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      theherbivorehippi 8 years ago from Holly, MI

      I love asparagus! However...mine NEVER comes out as good as if ordered in the restaurant. I'm going to try this next time I cook some. :)

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      Katelyn Weel 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks for the comments!

      Fishtiger, its interesting that you grow asparagus in your backyard! That's not a bad idea as it really is one of the more expensive veggies.. there are places in my area where it grows stray on the side of the road, I've seen people stopped by the side of the road picking it! Now I don't think I'd go that far but growing it in the backyard sounds great :)

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      fishtiger58 8 years ago from Momence, Illinois

      I have a small patch of asparagus growing in my garden. One of only two veggies that grow back every year. Each year we get more asparagus and with the price of it, it's a good veggie to grow. I love it. I always steam my asparagus but I will definitely try it this way. I also like it in stir fry.

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      Nicole A. Winter 8 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Thank-you so much for publishing this, Katelyn Weel! I don't really care for asparagus, but my boyfriend loves it. I tried making it a couple of weeks ago and it turned out mushy. (I over-cooked it.) Wish I had read this first! Definitely gonna give it another go, using your method!

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      LEWJ 8 years ago

      Interesting hub. I wonder how it tastes.... Welcome to Hubpages, and thanks for your support.

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      teendad 8 years ago from Richmond, VA

      My son actually does love asparagus, and we usually steam it for him. I also agree that roasting is delicious!