Oven Roasted Asparagus

Oven Roasted Asparagus is a dish that is so easy to make you will soon be purchasing only fresh asparagus. You do not need to buy asparagus in a can or even frozen. You can cook fresh because it is so easy to prepare.

oven roasted asparagus in a blue baking dish

The spring is the perfect time for fresh oven roasted asparagus. Asparagus is in the grocery store, and it is so often on sale during the spring.

It is the perfect time to try your hand at preparing asparagus for the first time. Armed with just a few tips on buying fresh asparagus you too can be making wonderful oven roasted asparagus.

Asparagus Buying Tips

Don’t just pick up the first bunch of asparagus you find in the store. Take care with a few pointers you can pick up a wonderful bunch of asparagus.

I always like to grab a bunch of asparagus and turn it over to look at the stems. If the steams are dry, put that bunch down. Better grocers store their asparagus upright in ice or water. You want asparagus that is fully hydrated.

Think of asparagus like a bunch of flowers. Now, there is a little trick you can do if the steams are a little dry, you can nip off the bottom 3/8 inch and then place the stems in water for about an hour or so and the stems will pull up the water.

I always like to look for thin stems. I want the tips of the asparagus to be nice and tight. The thin stems are more tender than the thicker stalks. If only the thicker stems are available, you can still use them, but be sure to trim off the woody portions. They will make a good soup.

Cooking tips for asparagus

Just before cooking asparagus you must prep it just a bit. I like to trim off the last two inches or so of the asparagus. If you want to be more scientific about where to cut the asparagus just give it a little bend and where it snaps in two pieces separates the more tender stalk.

If you want to be super fancy you can use a vegetable peeler, and peel the skin off the asparagus. This is a good thing to do if the stalks are on the thick side.

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Oven Roasted Asparagus in a baking dish

Oven Roasted Asparagus

Roasted asparagus is so easy to cook. 
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Vegetarian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 83kcal


  • 1 pound asparagus
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Prep asparagus by washing and trimming. Place asparagus on a baking sheet. Drizzle oil over asparagus. Sprinkle salt and pepper on top of asparagus. Bake asparagus for about 18 minutes, check for browning, if the spears are larger you may want to cook them for a few minutes more.



Calories: 83kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 583mg | Potassium: 229mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 855IU | Vitamin C: 6.4mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 2.4mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

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  1. Rhonda

    I love roasted asparagus. I use olive oil, instead of vegetable oil, and I bake for an additional 5 minutes with Parmesan cheese added for the last 5 minutes…delicious!

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