Oven-roasted asparagus makes a delicious and elegant side dish!

Tender stalks of asparagus are baked with a splash of lemon and garlic and ready to enjoy as an appetizer or side dish in minutes! Asparagus is a delicately flavored vegetable that looks elegant on a plate, and favors salmon or chicken entrees! It’s delicious with a sprinkle of parmesan or a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.

oven-roasted asparagus with lemon, in a single layer on a baking sheet, with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese on top

Best Roasted Asparagus

  • With just a few ingredients and minimal prep, this recipe for roasted asparagus is versatile enough to go with any main dish such as chicken, pork, or even stir-fry dishes.
  • Easily adapt the oil and seasonings to whatever is on hand and create a new dish every time!
  • Serve hot or cold! Delicious over a chilled salmon for a fancy brunch dish, or use them as dippers with a cheese or Alfredo sauce.

Ingredients And Variations

Asparagus: Choose stalks that are deep green, firm, and have light green or purplish tips. Also, choose ones that are approximately the same width so they bake evenly.

Seasonings: Different fats like sesame oil, butter, or melted bacon grease can be used instead of olive oil to create a different flavor profile. Fresh lemon juice is best and a little zest will add that extra touch of citrusy flavor!

Variations: Drizzle roasted asparagus with a splash of balsamic vinegar and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese or some slivered almonds before serving for dramatic presentation.

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How to Oven Roast Asparagus With Lemon

  1. Prep and dry asparagus as per the recipe directions below.
  2. Toss asparagus with the remaining ingredients.
  3. Bake in a single layer until tender-crisp.

Pro Tip!

Roast asparagus at a high temperature to cook it quickly. This helps retain its color, nutrients, plus makes it extra crisp on the outside.

For an extra crispy finish, place roasted asparagus under the broiler for a couple of minutes, if desired.

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Recipe Prep!

  • It’s easy to prep asparagus for any recipe! Simply snap or cut the bottom inch or so off the woody ends. If necessary, use a vegetable peeler to trim the stalk. Begin from the center of each stalk and work to the bottom.
  • Asparagus spears can be prepped ahead of time and kept in the refrigerator until ready to use. Wrap them in a clean paper towel so they don’t absorb any moisture and will stay firm.
  • Make sure washed spears are patted dry so the oil and seasonings can properly adhere to them.

Serving, Storing & Leftovers!

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Other Roasted Sides To Try!

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Oven-Roasted Asparagus With Lemon

Lemon asparagus roasted with garlic and olive oil is so delicious, and makes an elegant side dish that is a delight to serve!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Holly



  • 1 pound asparagus washed and trimmed
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Preheat oven to 425°F.
  • Wash and trim asparagus. Pat dry with a towel.
  • Combine oil, lemon zest, garlic, salt and pepper. Toss mixture with asparagus and place on a large baking tray.
  • Bake for 9-10 minutes or until tender crisp.
  • Serve with parmesan cheese if desired.


  • Prepare asparagus spears ahead of time and refrigerate until ready to roast.
  • Refrigerate asparagus for up to 3 days in a covered container.
  • Reheat asparagus in the oven or under the broiler
  • Use leftovers in other recipes such as a frittata, or a seafood sauce.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 55kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 233mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 858IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American

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