This oven baked roasted asparagus recipe is quick, easy, and delicious. It’s the side you will want to make again and again. More importantly your family will ask for it again and again. Seriously, just bookmark this roasted asparagus now because it’s going to be your new go to.
Even if you think you already know how to cook asparagus. Stay tuned to see how I roast asparagus in the oven perfectly every time. And if you’re not adding parmesan, you should be! Who doesn’t love cheese?!
Growing up my mom served us a lot of vegetables. But they were often very basic. We literally rotated between corn, peas and green beans. Each seasoned with butter, salt and pepper.
When asked if I liked other vegetables I would respond with, “Not really.”
Little did I know I LOVE veggies! Especially green veggies. And my favorite way to prepare them is oven roasting them, it brings out a sweetness that I seriously crave. Topping my list of favorites is baked asparagus, baked parmesan asparagus to be more specific.
There’s just something about the sweetness from the oven roasted asparagus mixed with the nuttiness of the parmesan that make it the perfect combo. I’ll be right back, I need to go wipe the drool from my face.
Can you eat asparagus raw?
Absolutely! I love to take a vegetable peeler and add a few raw asparagus shavings to my salad from time to time. Although you CAN eat it raw, asparagus is one of those vegetables that just happens to be even better for you cooked. Cooking the asparagus breaks down the fiber, which makes it easier to digest and absorb the nutrients. It also increases the antioxidant activity. But whether you eat it raw or cooked you really can’t go wrong. But roasted asparagus is the best.
What are the benefits of eating asparagus?
- Asparagus is loaded with all kinds of nutrients and vitamins.
- It’s a good source of fiber.
- Fights PMS.
- It reduces the risk of heart disease.
- Prevents birth defects during pregnancy.
- Helps maintain healthy blood sugar levels.
- Good remedy for hangovers, anxiety and reducing stress.
- Protects against and fights certain forms of cancer.
This is just a few of the benefits, it truly is a powerhouse vegetable.
How do you cook asparagus?
There are a few ways you can cook asparagus:
- Bake/Oven roast
Each preparation varies in cooking time and really does come down to the thickness of the asparagus. One common thing for each cooking technique is you will want to wash the asparagus and then cut the bottom of the stems off. I remember one of my girlfriends showing me the “Elle Woods Way” as she called it. You literally bend the asparagus and it will snap where it is meant to…..on. Its. own. Okay, maybe it’s not THAT fascinating, but it IS one less thing to do. Tell me that’s not win?!
Roasting asparagus is the best option imo. But because I love you guys, and I am going to share a few other options:
How long do you grill asparagus?
- Medium/High heat 5-10 minutes
- High heat 3-5 minutes
You will need to coat the asparagus in olive oil or a marinade and season to your liking. Then place it on the grill in the direct heat. Remember to keep turning the asparagus so all the sides cook evenly and it doesn’t get too charred.
How long do you cook asparagus on the stove?
- Boiling 5-7 minutes
- Steaming 5-10 minutes
- Sauteing 5-7 minutes
How long do you cook asparagus in the oven?
- 375°F 15-17 minutes
- 400°F 12-15 minutes
- 425°F 10-12 minutes
Roasted Asparagus Goes Great With:
Oven Roasted Parmesan Asparagus
- 1 bunch thin asparagus spears woody ends trimmed off
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 1/2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese divided
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- ¼ tsp cracked black pepper
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice fresh
- 1 lemon sliced
- Preheat an oven to 425 degrees F.
- Place the asparagus into a mixing bowl, and drizzle with the olive oil.
- Toss to coat the spears, then sprinkle 1 ½ Tbs Parmesan cheese, garlic, salt, and pepper over the top, and toss again.
- Place lemon slices on a baking sheet and arrange the asparagus on top in a single layer.
- Bake in the preheated oven 6 minutes, then add remaining 2 tablespoons of parmesan cheese.
- Return to oven and cook 4-8 minutes until just tender, amount of time depends on the thickness of the spears.
- Sprinkle with lemon juice just before serving.
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