Monday, March 7, 2011

Easy Oven-Roasted Asparagus

3 ingredients, 5 minutes to prep, and in the oven it goes.  Can't get much better than that.  This is the easiest and most delicious way I know to prepare asparagus.

Asparagus is one of those vegetables that screams spring, so with spring just around the corner, I figured it was about time we started eating it again.  It's also incredibly nutritious.  It's high in folic acid (great for any prego ladies out there), is a good source of potassium, fiber, vitamin B6, vitamins A and C, and thiamin.  And did you know that the larger the diameter, the better the quality?  Well now you do!  So grab a bunch of asparagus next time you're in the produce section and give this a shot.  It's quick, easy, healthy, and nutritious.  Works for me! 

Easy Oven-Roasted Asparagus


  • 1 bunch of asparagus

  • Olive oil

  • Kosher or Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

  2. Wash and trim the woody stems off of the asparagus so they're all approximately the same length

  3. Place asparagus in a single layer on a baking pan lined with foil for easy clean-up.

  4. Generously drizzle with olive oil and season with salt (don't be skimpy with the salt!) and freshly ground pepper.

  5. Roast in oven until the asparagus turns bright green and still has a slight crunch (I use a fork to test their done-ness), about 12-18 minutes.  Do not overcook or they'll start to lose their crunch.


  1. You HAVE to try this with your asparagus - I swear it will take an asparagus hater (looking in the direction of my mother) and make them love it. I would also never admit to dipping other things in the sauce... or licking it off the plate.

  2. Thanks Erin! Sounds delish. I'll have to try that as an extension of this recipe sometime!

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