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Oven Roasted Asparagus Recipe

Updated on March 22, 2013
Quick, easy oven roasted asparagus
Quick, easy oven roasted asparagus | Source
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Quick and Easy Oven Broiled Asparagus

Roasted asparagus conjures up images of waiting for the grill to heat up so you can struggle with asparagus spears attempting to fall through the grate. If it's too hot, too cold, or you just don't own a grill, roasted asparagus may seem like an impossible dish.

Luckily, you can actually cook roasted asparagus in your oven in under 10 minutes. Quick, easy, and delicious, this oven roasted asparagus recipe also includes tips to virtually eliminate cleanup. For a tasty, grill-free meal, consider pairing this asparagus with my delicious pan-cooked, restaurant-style burgers to enjoy the feeling of a summer cookout all year long.

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Cook Time

  • Prep time: 10 min
  • Cook time: 10 min
  • Ready in: 20 min
  • Yields: Serves 3-4 people per pound of uncooked asparagus

Ingredients

  • 1-2 lbs asparagus
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • black pepper, to taste
  • Pinch sea salt
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon brown sugar
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Adjust your oven rackGet the broiler nice and hotCovering your baking tray with aluminum foil makes cleaning up easy.
Adjust your oven rack
Adjust your oven rack | Source
Get the broiler nice and hot
Get the broiler nice and hot | Source
Covering your baking tray with aluminum foil makes cleaning up easy.
Covering your baking tray with aluminum foil makes cleaning up easy. | Source

Spice up your Roasted Asparagus!

Roasted asparagus is a virtual blank slate for delicious flavors. Toppings, like cheese, bacon, or sauces, go well with roasted asparagus. Mixing a bit of minced garlic in with the olive oil adds some nice flavor, too. Or, you can add some kick with a few red pepper flakes!

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Oven Roasted Asparagus Recipe

  1. Prepare and preheat your oven by moving a rack to the top or next to the top position. If your oven is small, like mine, you may want to choose the next to the top position. If your oven is full-sized, go with the topmost position. After the rack is in place, turn on your broiler and let it preheat. If you have a high and low broiler setting, I recommend starting with the low setting and increasing the heat, if necessary. Then, line a rimmed baking tray with aluminum foil.
  2. After prepping your equipment, you need top prep your asparagus. Wash the spears and let them drain in a colander. When cooking asparagus, it is critical to snap off the bottom tough, woody portion. This is very easy to do. Simply grasp the asparagus spear with both hands and bend it, as shown below. It will naturally snap above the tough part of the stalk. Place the prepped asparagus spears on a plate. Just scroll down a little for pictures if you need help with the prep process.
  3. Combine the olive oil, pepper, salt, and sugar in a bowl. Adding a scant teaspoon, or slightly less, of sugar does not make it taste overly sweat, but it allows asparagus to caramelize a little.
  4. Toss the asparagus spears in the olive oil mixture, coating them as thoroughly as possible.
  5. Place the asparagus in a single layer in the foil-lined dish.
  6. Place the baking dish on the top rack of the preheated oven.
  7. Check on the asparagus in 4-5 minutes. Move the asparagus around so it can roast evenly. You can either use a spatula or shake the pan to move the spears. I like to shake it and then use the spatula to spread the asparagus back into a single layer.
  8. In an additional 4-5 minutes, check on the asparagus again. If it is mostly browned, it's ready! If it isn't sufficiently browned, put it back in the oven, but check on it again in another minute or so.
  9. Plate and serve!
  10. To clean up, simply remove the aluminum foil and throw it away. Your baking tray should be as clean as it was before going in the oven.

Oven Broiled Asparagus, Step by Step

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Wash your asparagusSet it to drain in a colander Break off the tough, woody endsPut prepped asparagus spears on a plateMix about 1 T of olive oil in a bowl with some fresh-ground pepperAdd just a bit of sea saltAnd then stir in a scant teaspoon of brown sugarCoat the asparagus with the olive oil mixtureSpread the asparagus in a single layer in your panPlace in the ovenCheck on the asparagus in 4-5 minutesTurn the asparagus by shaking the pan or using a spatula Asparagus is finished when it's browned and caramelized
Wash your asparagus
Wash your asparagus | Source
Set it to drain in a colander
Set it to drain in a colander | Source
Break off the tough, woody ends
Break off the tough, woody ends | Source
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Put prepped asparagus spears on a plate
Put prepped asparagus spears on a plate | Source
Mix about 1 T of olive oil in a bowl with some fresh-ground pepper
Mix about 1 T of olive oil in a bowl with some fresh-ground pepper | Source
Add just a bit of sea salt
Add just a bit of sea salt | Source
And then stir in a scant teaspoon of brown sugar
And then stir in a scant teaspoon of brown sugar | Source
Coat the asparagus with the olive oil mixture
Coat the asparagus with the olive oil mixture | Source
Spread the asparagus in a single layer in your pan
Spread the asparagus in a single layer in your pan | Source
Place in the oven
Place in the oven | Source
Check on the asparagus in 4-5 minutes
Check on the asparagus in 4-5 minutes | Source
Turn the asparagus by shaking the pan or using a spatula
Turn the asparagus by shaking the pan or using a spatula | Source
Asparagus is finished when it's browned and caramelized
Asparagus is finished when it's browned and caramelized | Source
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Oven roasted asparagus - browned, tasty, and ready to eat.
Oven roasted asparagus - browned, tasty, and ready to eat. | Source

Make Asparagus Exciting and Delicious

There you have it - roasted asparagus in 10-20 minutes with virtually no clean up.

As mentioned above, asparagus has a versatile taste that goes well with many different flavors. I love to add minced garlic to the olive oil and top the asparagus with Parmesan cheese. Oven roasted asparagus is the perfect weeknight vegetable side item if you're sick of plain salad but don't have a lot of time to cook dinner.

Have any topping, additional ingredient, or sauce suggestions? I'd love to hear them!

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      Gordon Hamilton 4 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      Asparagus is probably my favourite vegetable. I usually poach it, steam it or shallow fry it in butter and cracked black peppercorns. This is a great idea which I will certainly try the next time I am cooking asparagus. Thanks for the idea! :)

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Sounds like we're on the same page with the pepper! I actually have a special, tall container and steamer basket for steaming asparagus. There's a lady at my local farmer's market who always has lots of delicious, tender asparagus in the spring. Spring fruits and veggies may be my favorite.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Oh I love asparagus and this recipe to oven cook looks delicious. Have voted, shared and pinned to try :)

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Wow! Thank you. Hope you enjoy it!

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      LauraGSpeaks 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      Truth be told, I have always been afraid of asparagus, but your recipe and topping suggestions actually make it sound good. Now, I just have to figure out how to successfully broil something! I tend to get distracted and burn food when useing the broiler. It does require babysitting.

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      It is really easy to burn something while broiling, that's why I suggest starting on 'low' if you have the option! I've burned a lot of 'grilled cheese' sandwiches in the broiler, though. I hope you work up the courage to try this recipe! It really is quick and easy, if you can remember to check on it!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I love asparagus and know the great health benefits of eating it. I usually steam, but I like the way the asparagus looks and assume it is still freshly crunchy.

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      Suzette Walker 4 years ago from Taos, NM

      I love roasted asparagus and I do make this all the time. It is my favorite way to eat aspargus. I like your presentation and your recipe. Good tip and suggestions and even though I may make this, I have learned some from your way of doing it. Your photos are wonderful and this is so well done and well written. Thanks for sharing!

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Carol7777 - I prefer steaming the nice, new spring asparagus when it's all tender and crispy. By the time it's flown here from somewhere in South America, I find roasting it a bit more agreeable!

      Suzettenaples - Thank you! trying to photograph food is not one of my strong points, but I'm working at it. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Passing this on to Bev; she's the asparagus eater in this family. Good job Natasha!

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks! Asparagus is just one of those things not everyone likes, but thanks for stopping by =)

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      Karen Lackey 4 years ago from Ohio

      I will have to try this. I have to make 2 lbs now when we have asparagus because all my kids love it! Great ideas!

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      That's fantastic! I'm glad your kids love asparagus - too many kids don't eat enough vegetables. Somehow it isn't surprising that your kids love them, though. =)

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      thebookmom 4 years ago from Nebraska

      Oh my goodness, so easy! Can't wait to try it. I loved all the pictures and the spice it up ideas. Well done.

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Yep, super easy =)

      Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you enjoy it!

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Add a thinly cut apple to this. Hmm Hmm

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      And roast it, too? Either way, that could be tasty! Thanks for the idea.

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I love asparagus! Simple recipes with it are often the best. Thanks for sharing this.

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks, randomcreative!

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      Bev 4 years ago from Wales

      I love asparagus but have never eaten it grilled or 'ovened', always steamed. This looks delicious and I'm definitely going to try it. The tip (s'cuse pun) about separating the woody stalk from the tender part by bending and snapping is brilliant. Thank you!

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks! Asparagus is really easy to prep by snapping, and I hope you enjoy the recipe!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      My mouth is watering after seeing the photos! I love asparagus and would eat it almost every day if I could. Funny, I never liked it as a kid. Great recipe post and so healthy!

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      I don't remember really liking asparagus when I was younger, either. I also hated Brussels sprouts, but I like them now. Go figure. Thanks for stopping by, teaches!

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      I have always love asparagus and having it roasted is fabulous, but I have never done it. Great hub. I appreciate your clear and simple directions. I will have to fix roasted asparagus sometime soon.

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Thank you! I hope you get the chance to try it out soon.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Asparagus has always been a favorite of mine. Have never thought of roasting it and will try your recipe soon.

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Thank you, Just Ask Susan. I hope you enjoy it!

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      Pamela Lipscomb 4 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Brown, sugar? I would have never thought of that. I just bought asparagus yesterday, I will try your recipe for Sunday dinner. Thanks for a great hub!

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Yep, just a little to encourage it to caramelize. I hope you like it! Thanks for stoping by.

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      Brenda Barnes 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Oh YUM. I often make asparagus in the oven. It is always tender and delicious. Thanks for making my mouth water.

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Do you roast it under the broiler, or do you have a different preferred technique?

      Thanks for stopping by, Hyphenbird!

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      James Paterson 4 years ago from Scotland

      I love the taste of Asparagus but usually just steam or boil it, never even thought of putting it in the oven, thanks for sharing something new for me.....jimmy

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      And I've never thought of boiling it!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      I love asparagus. Never really tried the roasted version, though!! WIll pin this to my recipe board. Thanks for sharing this!!

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Thank you for pinning! I am really surprised by how many people have stopped by saying they've never tried roasted asparagus - I had no idea it was unusual!

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      Ruth Pieterse 4 years ago

      Nice! Will pin too. Voted up and useful.

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      Brenda Barnes 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Oh yum. My family loves asparagus. I had never thought to add brown sugar to caramelize. What a great idea. Now that I am craving asparagus, I will make this tonight. I will pop back in tomorrow and let you know how it turned out.

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Excellent! I hope everyone likes it =)

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Do you know I never liked asparagus until a few years ago. I was getting ready for a long trip to Argentina and Chile, and one of the folks I was with decided to cook this in a similar fashion for one of the going away get togethers we had. I was like, man....I am not a fan of asparagus. They told me to try it this way and surprise surprise......I loved the stuff. Thanks so much for putting this together, it makes me want to cook it now. Voting this up as useful! Great job!

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      It's just one of those vegetables. Some people love it, some hate it, and some just haven't tried it the right way yet! That's exactly how I felt about Brussels sprouts for a long time. I despised them and, a couple of years ago, I started liking them!

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Funny enough, never had a problem with Brussels. My mother used to cook them on the stove and add just enough spice to make it right. Those I could eat all day long!

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Interesting. I think of them as having sort of similar flavors, though I guess asparagus is a little milder.

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      titi6601 4 years ago

      This is very healthy. Going to try this.

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks - I hope you enjoy!

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