Simple Roasted Asparagus

These oven roasted asparagus are a healthy side dish and one of the best ways to cook asparagus. They come out crisp, slightly browned, and full of flavor. Add any spices you like. Jump to Recipe


Cooked vegetables just don’t get any easier than this roasted asparagus recipe! When you need a ridiculously simple side dish to serve alongside your lunch or dinner, turn to this recipe for oven-roasted asparagus. During the summer months, try this grilled asparagus.

When coming up with meal plans for the week, I always try to add in a few different ways to cooking the vegetables for the week. The cooking methods vary between steaming, baked, sauteed, and roasted.

My personal favorite is roasting my veggies. I mean, aren’t roasted veggies the best?

I love roasting many different vegetables for several reasons:

  • It’s a super easy method for cooking veggies
  • Clean-up is a breeze
  • Roasting brings out incredible flavors that other methods don’t

Asparagus is one of my favorite vegetables. However, I love whipping up fancy recipes with my beloved asparagus; most of the time, I am simply tossing it with olive, salt, and pepper and roasting it for a delicious side dish in 10 minutes.

I mostly do this on weeknights because they are so busy. Making roasted veggies - or even pan-roasted meals such as salmon with sweet potatoes and asparagus or roasted chicken and potatoes with broccoli is perfect for providing healthy, delicious, home-cooked meals for the family.

Roasted asparagus is a delicious, low-calorie veggie that’s packed with nutrients such as vitamins A, C, and K and fiber. It's also a side dish that’s elegant enough for holiday tables and simple enough to enjoy with everyday meals.

I usually double (or triple!) the recipe, so I have leftovers for quick scrambles, a delicious salad addition, or to add to wraps and sandwiches.

Key Ingredients For Oven-Roasted Asparagus

This recipe uses only four ingredients! Here's what you need:

  • Asparagus: Make sure to clean and trim the spears when purchased. I prefer to trim the woody bottoms off the ends for a clean, fresh stalk. Asparagus is an early spring vegetable and tastes best when harvested before the flower buds open.
  • Olive Oil: Use just enough to coat the asparagus in a light layer of oil to help it cook and crisp up in the oven. If you don’t have olive oil, feel free to use canola or vegetable oil instead!
  • Salt & Pepper: These two simple spices simply highlight the best natural flavors of the asparagus and make it taste amazing. You can adjust the recipe amounts according to your taste preferences.

Note: For a complete list of ingredients and detailed instructions on how to make this oven-roasted asparagus recipe, take a look at the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post!

What To Serve With This Roasted Asparagus Recipe

Asparagus is a perfect light side dish, and it can also be a delicious ingredient in other recipes.

Here are a few serving ideas:

Plus, you can easily add this dish to your weekly meal prep plan, thanks to its versatility.

Recipe Tips And Ideas

Here are a few ideas to make sure your recipe turns out perfectly every time.

  • Use thick stalks for this recipe because the thin ones will get soft and mushy.
  • This recipe is very basic, only using salt and pepper for seasoning. You can easily add different seasonings and herbs to change up the flavor anytime you want. Try adding minced garlic, parmesan cheese, or lemon juice when you want to change things up!
  • Add crumbled bacon when you toss the asparagus with the oil.
  • I recommend covering your baking sheet with a piece of foil coated in cooking spray to make clean up even faster and easier.

Frequently Asked Questions About Asparagus

Here are some questions I often get asked about by some readers…

How long does this asparagus recipe stay good?

Store any leftovers you have in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. They tend to get very mushy after day 3.

How do I reheat roasted asparagus?

Asparagus is not only easy to roast, but it’s also super easy to reheat! Simply warm it up for a few seconds in the microwave. You can also give them a quick saute in a saucepan on the stovetop or stick them back in the oven for 5 minutes.

Do I need to wash the asparagus before roasting?

Yes! Make sure to wash your asparagus before you roast it. If your stalks have thick outer skin, you can use a vegetable peeler to remove them.

Why is my roasted asparagus stringy?

The most common reason is that you didn’t entirely cut off the woody ends of the stalks. To make sure you cut it in the right spot, find where the color changes from a purple hue to green and cut it in the place where it becomes green.

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The Recipe
Oven roasted asparagus with olive oil, salt, and pepper on a wooden board with a red checkered napkin.

Simple Roasted Asparagus

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  • 1 lb asparagus, cleaned and trimmed
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

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Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Toss the asparagus with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Place on a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray or covered in foil.


Roast for 8-12 minutes until tender crisp.

Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 4 oz.
Amount Per Serving
Calories 53
Calories from Fat 32
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g
Saturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 2mg
Total Carbohydrate 5g
Dietary Fiber 3g
Sugars 2g
Protein 3g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

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Megan Eaton
January 7, 2016 - 19:14
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