Oven Roasted Asparagus Recipe

a plate of cooked asparagus

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There are many ways to cook asparagus, but the most flavorful method is roasting in the oven. It's tender and crispy, with a rich roasted flavor. 

This is a simple, flavor recipe for oven roasted asparagus. If you'd like to add more seasonings, there are many great ideas in the blog section above " What to Season Asparagus With." 

Roasted asparagus is a delicious and easy side dish that is a perfect addition to any meal. Try it with grilled Mediterranean chicken , pan-seared shrimp, or baked panko cod.


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  • 1 pound of asparagus, trimmed
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Light sprinkle of salt (about 1/8 teaspoon)
  • Light sprinkle of black pepper (optional)


  • Heat oven to 425F
  • Put the asparagus on a sheet pan and drizzle with olive oil. Use your hands to gently toss the asparagus really well, so that each spear is coasted in oil. Make sure the tips are coated! You can add more oil if you want, but don't add too much or the asparagus will get limp and oily as it cooks.
  • Season with garlic powder and salt.  
  • Spread the spears out so there is a little bit of space between each one. This helps the spears get crispier. 
  • Roast for 9 to 12 minutes, depending on the size of the spears. Shake the pan once while roasting, to move the spears around.
  • Skinny spears take less time to cook and fat spears might even take up to 15 minutes. You know asparagus is perfectly roasted when it's lightly browned, slightly crispy at the tips and has a tender but not mushy texture when pierced with the tip of a knife. 


To trim asparagus, you can use one of two methods:  snapping the bottom off with your hands or cutting the bottom off with a knife. Snapping off the bottom of the spears is easy and fast, because the spears have a natural breaking point. If using a knife, cut off the bottom 1 to 2 inches.