This oven roasted asparagus recipe is a tasty side!

Roasted asparagus is easy to make and can be served hot or chilled.

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Easy Lemon Roast Asparagus Recipe

  • This easy roast asparagus recipe is a quick and delicious way to showcase this delicate spring veggie!
  • Low-carb nutritious asparagus has a mild flavor and pairs perfectly with any seasonings that match your menu!
  • Serve in so many ways! Roasted asparagus spears as a hand-held appetizer or an elegant side dish with salmon, fish, or chicken.
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4 Main Ingredients!

Asparagus – Look for fresh, firm spears that are close to the same width and length for even roasting. Stalks should be deep green with light green or purplish tips.

Seasonings – Besides olive oil, other fats that season asparagus are sesame oil, chile oil, or even leftover melted bacon grease. A simple garlic herb seasoning works perfectly with the lemon zest if you like!

Variations – Drizzle on some balsamic vinegar before roasting and it will caramelize the asparagus nicely. A sprinkle of parmesan cheese, crumbled feta, bacon bits, or some slivered almonds adds extra flavor and texture.

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How to Roast Asparagus in the Oven

Seasoned with lemon and garlic, oven-roasted asparagus is a go-to spring side dish.

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Prep asparagus (per recipe below).
  3. Whisk remaining ingredients in a bowl and add asparagus. Toss to coat.
  4. Roast asparagus until tender and crisp.
  5. Garnish with parmesan cheese before serving, if desired.

Tips for Perfect Roast Asparagus

  • Prep asparagus for roasting by snapping or cutting off the thick, woody ends, about an inch from the bottom. A vegetable peeler can also be used.
  • Fresh asparagus spears can be prepped up to a day ahead and kept in the refrigerator wrapped in a clean paper towel to keep them from absorbing any moisture.
  • Asparagus cooks quickly so keep watch out for overcooking.
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Serving and Storing Lemon Roast Asparagus

Roasted asparagus goes perfectly with light proteins like salmon, shrimp, and chicken.

Keep leftover roasted asparagus covered for up to 3 days in the refrigerator. Reheat in the microwave and then re-crisp pieces under the broiler.

Cut leftover asparagus into smaller pieces, freeze up to 4 weeks, and add thawed pieces to a frittata, omelet, or breakfast casserole. Also delish used in sautéed asparagus and mushrooms or even added to a quick stir fry.

Other Roasted Sides To Try!

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Oven Roasted Asparagus Recipe

Make this oven roasted asparagus recipe for a delicious and elegant side dish that is delightful with any entree!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Holly


  • 1 pound asparagus
  • 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.
  • In a medium bowl, 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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