Roasted Asparagus

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Roasted asparagus is such a healthy recipe to enjoy when spring finally arrives! This recipe shows you how to roast asparagus easily.


Roasted asparagus is one of my favorite early spring recipes. Barbara Kingsolver gave me a newfound respect for asparagus after I read her book, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. She talked about how a carefully tended asparagus bed can keep producing for over twenty years, and it’s a specialty she’s been sure to grow everywhere she lives. I loved her description of the harvesting process, which is challenging and simple at the same time.

I don’t have quite the same commitment to asparagus that Barbara Kingsolver has, but I do love to include it on our menu often during the spring. It’s delicious roasted, grilled, or sauteed. This roasted asparagus recipe is one of the easiest ways to prepare it. You can season it with balsamic vinegar or lemon juice, but it’s also great with a simple topping of oil, salt, and pepper. Leftovers can be chopped up and cooked in a frittata for breakfast.

Roasted Asparagus

This roasted asparagus is the perfect spring side dish.
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Prep Time:5 minutes
Cook Time:20 minutes
Total Time:25 minutes

Recommended Equipment


  • 1 lb asparagus
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbs balsamic vinegar or lemon juice optional


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Trim the tough bottom part off the asparagus spears. Place the asparagus in a baking dish large enough to make a single layer.
  • Pour the olive oil over the asparagus and spread it around with your hands to cover evenly. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Cook for 18 to 20 minutes, or until just tender. If you’re using very thin asparagus spears, they'll be done sooner.
  • Sprinkle with balsamic vinegar or lemon juice if desired. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Approximate Nutrition Info

Calories: 38kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 153mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 572IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 2mg
Servings: 6
Calories: 38kcal
Cost: $.54 per serving

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Roasted Asparagus Price Breakdown

The cost of this recipe depends on the price of asparagus. At a price of $2.99 per pound, this recipe costs a total of $3.26 to make, or $.54 per serving (½ cup). This easy roasted asparagus is a delicious side dish with just the right flavor.


What’s your favorite way to enjoy this spring vegetable? Please share in the comments.


  1. Asparagus is such a lovely, elegant vegetable. I love your idea of adding the leftovers to frittata!

  2. I had a great sale at my local Sprouts on asparagus for $.98/lb!! So that’s our main veggie for the next week or so, cant wait to use this recipe for them!

    1. Wow, great sale price, Allison! I hope we see similar sales around here. You can always stock up and freeze the extras.

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