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The Foolproof Roasted Asparagus Recipe You Need to Try

This roasted asparagus recipe is the perfect building block for all other roasted asparagus recipes. The key here isn’t any exotic flavoring or special preparation. It’s a simple combination of high heat and short roasting time. See, asparagus is one of those tricky vegetables. SO easy to overcook into a pile of stringy mush. And most of the time it’s because folks have their heat and timing combo way way off. A simple fix that yields amazing results!

Like most things in life there’s isn’t a one size fits all answer. Some asparagus spears are very thin and others thick. You know, nature and what not. This clearly messes with timing. So how do you get that sorted? Easy. Set the timer for a few minutes shorter then recommended, and check. Increase by 2 minutes and check again. After a few tries, you’ll get the hang of it I promise.

My local grocery tends to carry the same spear thickness so once I nailed down the timing the rest was easy peasy!

Foolproof Roasted Asparagus

5 from 4 votes
Recipe by Susanna Grace Course: SidesCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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Perfectly tender, yet from and crisp. A foolproof recipe for roasting delicious tasting asparagus!


  • 1 bunch 1 Fresh asparagus

  • Olive oil to coat

  • Salt + Ground Black Pepper

  • Squeeze of fresh lemon, add some zest if you love lemon

  • Grated Parmesan off the block


  • Preheat oven to 425f while you wash and pat dry your asparagus spears.
  • Either snap the bottoms off where they break naturally, or cut at least 2″ off. This is the woody, fibery, chewy part no one likes.
  • You have options now. Lay on a bare sheet pan or one lined with parchment or a Silpat. Drizzle with olive oil and liberally add S+P. Toss to coat.
  • Space out across your pan. The more space they have, the more crisp they will turn out! Then squeeze your lemon and dust with zest.
  • Grate fresh Parmesan on top and pop into your hot oven for 6-8 minutes. Enjoy fresh from the oven!


  • After a good roasting, asparagus should be tender. Not wilted or soggy. You should have a clean bite right through any part of the spear without strings getting stuck in your teeth.
  • Asparagus spears vary in thickness. While the spears I can usual source cook extremely well within 6-8 minutes, thinner ones might cook more quickly, and thicker ones might take a little longer. My recommendation is to set your time for a minute or two less than you might expect and check. Increase time as needed by 2 minutes.
  • You can totally skip the lemon and or Parm. These taste equally incredible with just a nice coating of S+P! On the other hand, you can load these suckers up with Za’atar or Sumac or garlic. Once you nail this base anything is possible.
  • Please note the nutritional information below was calculated using a calculator designed by: Verywell Fit. This information is accurate to the best of my knowledge, but should not be taken as medical advice 🙂 

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Nutrition Facts

4 servings per container


  • Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 6.6g 11%
    • Saturated Fat 2.5g 13%
  • Cholesterol 10mg 4%
  • Sodium 423mg 18%
  • Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
  • Potassium 115mg 4%
  • Total Carbohydrate 2.7g 1%
    • Dietary Fiber 1.2g 5%
    • Sugars 1.1g
  • Protein 5.8g 12%
  • Calcium 11%
  • Iron 7%

* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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How To Serve

The fun part. My personal favorite is plopped next to a pile of my Grilled Hot Wings and some Herb Roasted Potatoes with a Margarita on the side. They’re also perfection nestled on top of a juice steak with an herbed buttery drizzle. Or chopped up and thrown into a frittata. Let’s not forget pasta. Simply toss any chopped up leftovers into a bowl of steaming hot pasta that’s been dressed with lemon and cream and white wine. HEAVEN right there.

Honestly, I’ve made a pan for dinner. As in my dinner. Dan works A LOT, and I have zero shame in eating an entire pan of asparagus for a meal and calling it day. This recipe is addicting. And addicting vegetables are never a bad thing- so make sure your grocery list next week includes the above ingredients and let me know what you think of my roasted asparagus recipe!

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About Asparagus

While asparagus is available year round, it truly tastes best when in season. Which is spring! Stretching from February until June, with a peak in April. If you’re feeling rabbit holey… you’ve got to check out The Old Farmer’s Almanac. Fun facts like- not being able to harvest for 2-3 years await you. PS: See below for how spears grow. I was shook when I first found this out just 3 short years ago. All I can see is zombie fingers. Right?!

asparagus growing example for roasted asparagus recipe information

In all seriousness, it’s so important to know about the foods we eat and love. Where they come from, how they grow, and what season(s) they thrive in. So go get rabbit holey with the foods you love to eat. Chance are you’ll learn all kinds of amazing tidbits. Might come in handy on a random trivia night. Just saying 🙂

Do you love asparagus as much as I do?!

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  1. Samantha Denefe

    Saving this for later when my asparagus comes up next spring. I have so much I need to experiment with different ways to cook them!

    • Susanna Grace

      In the meantime, use the tip of spacing any veg out on your baking sheet to achieve a crispy crunch instead of a soggy mess. I hope to grow my own asparagus one day!

  2. This how to on roasting asparagus has completely changed my veggie roasting game. Thank you ma’am!

    • Susanna Grace

      Right?! That’s the best part of sharing recipes here. That the tips can be applied to so many other things other than just the one post. So happy you’re more happy with your veggie roasting as a result of this recipe!! That legit fills my heart with all the joy 🙂

  3. The best asparagus recipe I have found! So tasty and a party in my mouth. Prior to finding this recipe, my asparagus I attempted to cook was just nasty! I will be coming back for more recipes 🙂

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