Roasted Asparagus with Lemon is an approachable, flavor-packed side that is suitable for any weeknight dinner, brunch, or holiday. It's bright and flavorful, only takes a few minutes of prep and cooks in the oven while you prepare your main dish.
Roasted asparagus is a light and bright vegetable dish that pairs well with almost any meal. It requires minimal prep and cleanup. Cook this low-maintenance vegetable on a sheet pan in the oven while you cook the rest of your meal. This recipe calls for lemon and parmigiano-regianno, but you can season it with any of your favorite spices.
Ingredients for Roasted Asparagus with Lemon
Roasted asparagus calls for fresh asparagus and common pantry ingredients.
- Asparagus spears - Asparagus is a delicious green vegetable that is high in vitamins A, C, and K, folate, and fiber. Wash and trim the asparagus before seasoning and cooking.
- Olive oil - Olive oil adds fat to the dish and allows the asparagus to roast. Additionally, it allows the seasoning to cling to the asparagus.
- Garlic powder - Garlic powder adds an aromatic flavor to the asparagus without any prep!
- Kosher or sea salt - Kosher or sea salt adds a savory element to the dish.
- Freshly ground black pepper - Freshly ground black pepper adds spice and bite to the asparagus.
- Lemon - Lemon brightens the dish and adds a zesty flavor for this spring dish.
- Parmigiano-Reggiano - Finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano is optional, but encouraged! It adds a delicious umami flavor to the vegetables.
Roasted Asparagus with Lemon requires a few kitchen essentials, all of which can be used for many other common recipes. To make this asparagus dish, you will need a knife, a cutting board, cheese grater, mixing bowl, tongs, and baking sheet. To explore more kitchen items to make your kitchen complete, head to our Kitchen Essentials Shop.
Here are the easy steps to make perfect asparagus:
- Heat oven - Heat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- Season asparagus - Add asparagus to a large mixing bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Add garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Toss the spears with tongs to evenly coat them in olive oil and seasoning.
- Place on baking sheet - Arrange the asparagus in a single layer on a baking sheet.
- Bake in oven - Place in the oven and bake until tender, about 10-15 minutes depending on the thickness.
- Garnish with lemon and cheese - Squeeze lemon juice on top of the spears and dust with Parmigiano-Reggiano before serving.
How to Store and Reheat Asparagus
Store leftover asparagus in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. To reheat leftovers in the oven, heat oven to 350 degrees F and place the asparagus on a baking sheet. Bake in the oven for 5-7 minutes.
To heat the asparagus on the stovetop, add a drizzle of olive oil to a skillet on low-medium heat. Place the asparagus in a single layer in the skillet and cook until warm, or about 3-5 minutes.
Tips to Make Perfect Asparagus
- Use fresh asparagus - Fresh asparagus has snap and a strong green flavor.
- Trim the ends - Trim the woody ends of the asparagus, the 1-inch end of the asparagus. The woody end is white inside and the edible, tender edible asparagus is green. Read more about trimming asparagus ends here.
- Season - Generously season asparagus with olive oil, kosher or sea salt, pepper, and garlic powder before cooking the greens in the oven. This recipe is very versatile and flexible, so you can season with your favorite spices too!
- Cook in a single layer - Cook asparagus in a single layer on the baking sheet so the vegetables cook evenly and do not get soggy.
Are Oven-Roasted Vegetables Healthy?
Oven-roasted vegetables are healthy and simple to prepare. Substitute asparagus with your favorite vegetable that holds its shape when roasted. Vegetable substitutes include Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and broccoli florets, and carrots.
Asparagus is an especially healthy vegetable. Here is why you need to make Roasted Asparagus with Lemon:
- Asparagus is high in fiber and antioxidants, which are essential for digestion and preventing inflammation.
- Asparagus is a rich source of folate, which promotes cell growth, DNA formation, and anti-aging.
- Each serving contains vitamins A, C and K, which can help lower blood pressure.
In summary, this asparagus is healthy, delicious, and easy to make!
What to Serve with Oven-Roasted Vegetables
- Roast Chicken Thighs and Vegetables
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- Lemony Spring Risotto with Peas and Asparagus
- Roasted Turkey Roulade
- 1 pound asparagus spears washed and trimmed
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- ½ lemon juiced
- 3 tablespoons Parmigiano-Reggiano finely grated
- Heat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- Add asparagus to a large mixing bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Add garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Toss the spears with tongs until they are evenly coated in olive oil and seasoning.
- Arrange the asparagus in a single layer on a baking sheet with space in between the spears.
- Place in the oven and bake until tender, about 10-15 minutes depending on the thickness.
- Squeeze lemon juice on top of the spears and dust with Parmigiano-Reggiano before serving.