Oven Roasted Asparagus

I adore asparagus. It’s so easy to prepare, and its unique flavor compliments a variety of entrée dishes. Asparagus has many health benefits; it’s rich in fiber and a natural diuretic. It’s also high in potassium and folate, both of which are important for heart health.

My favorite way to prepare asparagus is oven roasting. This method is so simple and so delicious! The roasting gives the tips of the asparagus a salty crunch and makes the stem melt-in-your-mouth tender. Whenever I serve this to dinner guests, I always get a request for the recipe. For a big meal like the Seder, this is a great side dish to have on hand. It’s quick, delicious, Pareve and kosher for Passover.

If you don’t normally enjoy the flavor of this wonderful vegetable, I dare you to try it this way. You might just change your mind.

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Oven Roasted Asparagus

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch of asparagus (about 1 lb.)- thicker, larger stalks work best
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt
  • Black pepper

You will also need

  • Baking sheet, aluminum foil (optional)
Servings: 4 side portions
Kosher Key: Pareve, Kosher for Passover
  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Wash asparagus and pat dry. Trim off the tough, thick end part of each stalk. Line the baking sheet with aluminum foil for easier cleanup, if desired. Spread asparagus out on ungreased baking sheet. Drizzle extra virgin olive oil evenly over the top of the asparagus; I use about 1 tbsp of oil for each pound of asparagus. Use your fingers to gently rub each stalk evenly with the olive oil. Sprinkle the asparagus generously with salt and pepper. Place in the oven.
  • Roast the asparagus for 12-15 minutes. You will know they’re done when the asparagus turns bright green, the stems are tender, and the tips of the asparagus begin to get crisp. Small or very thin stalks may take less than 12 minutes to roast. Serve hot.

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  1. This is a great dish, my wife and I cook a few times a month. We spice it up a bit with Rosemary Olive Oil (home-made) and Red pepper flakes. Not sure if that is kosher, but it sure tastes good!

  2. Simple and elegant! The best! Thanks for reminding us that we can do these healthy and quick side dishes alongside the more involved big ones!!!!

    Love your blog!!!!

    Marcy

  3. I love how few ingredients I need to make such a nice and nutritious addition to my dinner this evening. Your recipes are sooo helpful! My husband and I love asparagus! Thank you much! :) Michelle from Chicago

  4. Great suggestion Todd! Glad you like the recipe, Marcy and Michelle. It’s really simple, but it’s so delicious… sometimes the best recipes are the easiest! :)

  5. We eat at least a pound of asparagus a week in our house! My 3 year old loves it roasted just as you have written. Another thing she goes nuts for is when I saute the asparagus and add to scrambled eggs.

  6. I also love asparagus roasted in the oven. If you’re open for suggesions to kick it up, here’s how I make it: Grate some fresh garlic over the asparagus (amount depends on how much of a garlic-lover you are, of course). Toast some slivered almonds or pine nuts (both delish!) Roast the asparagus same way you already do. Sprinkle almonds/nuts just before serving. I’ve served it to friends who don’t normally like asparagus, and they loved it!!

    1. Hello!
      Just wanted to thank you for your comment, “fabulous idea”. That’s quite a complement coming from you!!
      Susan

  7. I am using same recipe, except sprinkle asparagus with salt,lemon juice, garlic and fresh ginger. My daughter loves it.

  8. That sounds good too, Irina! I use fresh ginger fairly often. I think I’m going to try asparagus your way next time. Thanks for sharing! This is why Iove sites like this….Us home cooks can exchange and share ideas without having to have our own TV shows!!

    1. Amen to that, Susan! I’ve learned more than a few great cooking tips from my readers… you all continue to inspire me to be a better cook! :)

  9. Knocked me off my chair when I saw this ! I married my shiksa, a “forbidden fruit” specimen freckled adorable Brandeis scholarship student; but she wasn’t satisfied with the kitchen. She discovered Priceton basketball, Harvard Law School delivery dinner– Jewish! A fast (not Yom Kippur type) learner!

  10. Hi Tori, Just wanted to let you know that today I made 3 of your recipes! Roasted beets (previously I had skinned them first before roasting and now did it your way), then roasted califlower that came out fantastic, and then asparagus on the same baking sheet of the cauliflower! Unfortunately the cauliflower didn’t all make it to the serving dish since I kept eating it! I also sauteed the beet greens with olive oil, fresh garlic (from my garden) and lemon juice/zest. I feel healthier already! Thanks for all the tips!

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