Wondering how to cook asparagus? This easy Oven Roasted Asparagus recipe is a delicious side dish that’s perfect for weeknight dinners and the holiday table alike! And best of all it’s ready in under 15 minutes!
An Easy Roasted Asparagus Recipe
Need a vibrant vegetable side dish to go with your meal? This simple oven roasted asparagus recipe might be just the thing! Prepared with olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper, it’s an easy side dish that will complement any main course. A warm, lusciously rich Hollandaise Sauce smothered over the asparagus takes this recipe over the top!
If I could eat this every day for forever, I’d be OK with that. It’s just hard to go wrong with roasted vegetables, especially asparagus. I LOVE Asparagus. Perfectly tender, salty, and browned to a sweet perfection, you can’t NOT enjoy them.
This Recipe is Quick!
Two minutes to prep + Twelve-ish minutes to cook = ONE DELICIOUS side dish! It couldn’t be easier to whip up this versatile vegetable, and you’ll love the fresh and vibrant flavor.
How to Store Asparagus Before You Cook it
This may seem like an odd thing to talk about, but there is actually a trick to storing asparagus so that it stays fresh longer! Here it is:
- Chop off about 1/2 an inch of the bottom of your asparagus
- Place them in a large glass filled with water.
- Loosely cover them with a ziploc bag and then store them in the fridge – in the glass with water, and covered with a bag.
They will stay fresh much longer this way! Raw asparagus keeps well in the fridge for up to 4 days.
Do You Wash Asparagus Before Cooking It?
Yes, it’s always a good idea to wash produce under cold running water before cooking with it.
I also like to chop off the woody stems on the bottom of the asparagus. This usually means chopping off about an inch on the bottom. You can tell where to chop because this part of an asparagus stem is tough and woody, so if you bend it it will snap off. (I still use a knife for a cleaner cut.)
How to Roast Asparagus in the Oven
Are you ready to make the best roasted asparagus? Here’s how to do it:
- Trim the ends of the asparagus and place the asparagus on a baking sheet.
- Drizzle with olive oil and toss to coat.
- Sprinkle with minced garlic, salt, and pepper, and spread in a single layer.
- Roast at 400˚F for 10 to 15 minutes, or until tender, but crisp. Cooking time will depend on the thickness of the asparagus spears.
- Remove from oven and transfer to a plate.
- If you want, drizzle with Hollandaise Sauce – you won’t go wrong with that idea – and serve.
Storing & Reheating Extras
- Fridge: Cooked asparagus keeps well in the fridge for 3 to 4 days. Let it cool to room temperature, then store it separately from the Hollandaise sauce in an airtight container.
- Reheating: I recommend using your oven to reheat roasted asparagus. If you use the microwave, it can get soggy. Preheat your oven to 350 and spread the asparagus on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Heat for about 5 minutes until warmed through.
One of the best things about this recipe is how many main dishes it goes with! Here are some ideas:
- Pork: I love serving this side with smothered pork chops or a juicy pork tenderloin.
- Beef: Succulent beef tenderloin or rib eye steak are perfect with asparagus!
- Chicken: This easy chicken breasts recipe is a classic combo!
- Fish: This garlic butter baked salmon is one of my favorite salmon recipes and goes wonderfully with asparagus.
More Ways to Cook with Asparagus
- Grilled Asparagus Recipe
- Asparagus Phyllo Bundles Recipe
- Garlic Roasted Asparagus with Bacon and Cheese
- Asparagus with Lemon Butter Sauce
- Roasted Garlic Asparagus Soup
TOOLS USED IN THIS RECIPE
Oven Roasted Asparagus
- 1 pound asparagus spears
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
- Preheat oven to 400˚F.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil, and set aside.
- Wash and pat dry the asparagus.
- Break off the tough ends on the asparagus and discard.
- Arrange the asparagus spears in a single layer on previously prepared baking sheet.
- Drizzle with olive oil and toss to coat.
- Season with salt and pepper and sprinkle with minced garlic; rub over the asparagus with your hands to evenly coat.
- Roast for 10 to 15 minutes, or until tender but crisp. Cooking time will depend on the thickness of the spears; start checking for doneness around the 10 minute mark.
- In the meantime, prepare this Blender Hollandaise Sauce.
- Remove asparagus from the oven and transfer to a serving plate.
- Drizzle Hollandaise Sauce over the asparagus, if using, and serve.
- Cooked asparagus keeps well in the fridge for 3 to 4 days. You can freeze cooked asparagus for up to 6 months.
Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.