Roasted asparagus refers to asparagus spears that have been cooked in an oven at a high temperature, typically around 425°F (220°C), until they are tender and slightly caramelized. It is a simple and popular method of preparing asparagus, bringing out its natural flavors and adding a hint of smokiness.

Roasted Asparagus

Recipe by caion


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Roasting asparagus enhances its texture and flavor profile. The high heat helps to caramelize the natural sugars present in asparagus, resulting in a slightly sweet and nutty taste. The outer layer of the asparagus may become slightly crispy, while the inside remains tender.


  • 1 bunch of asparagus spears

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • Optional toppings: grated Parmesan cheese, lemon zest, or balsamic vinegar (to taste)


  • Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C).
  • Wash the asparagus spears and trim off the tough ends. You can snap off the ends where they naturally break or use a knife to trim them.
  • Place the trimmed asparagus spears on a baking sheet.
  • Drizzle the olive oil over the asparagus and toss them to coat evenly. Make sure all the spears are coated in oil.
  • Season the asparagus with salt and pepper according to your taste.
  • Spread the asparagus out in a single layer on the baking sheet, ensuring they are not crowded.
  • Place the baking sheet with the asparagus in the preheated oven.
  • Roast the asparagus for about 10 to 15 minutes, depending on the thickness of the spears. Check on them occasionally to prevent burning.
  • The asparagus is done when it is tender and slightly caramelized. You can test the doneness by piercing a spear with a fork. It should be easily pierced but still have some firmness.
  • Once roasted, remove the asparagus from the oven.
  • You can serve the roasted asparagus as is, or you can sprinkle it with optional toppings such as grated Parmesan cheese, lemon zest, or a drizzle of balsamic vinegar for added flavor.
  • Serve the roasted asparagus as a side dish or incorporate it into your favorite recipes.

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