Simple Oven Roasted Asparagus

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I absolutely love asparagus. It’s one of my all-time favorite vegetables. I love when it’s so roasted it starts to get soft and brown and almost melts in your mouth. If you like your asparagus more on the raw side, this recipe will still work for you, but you will need to shorten the cooking time.

All the Details

As usual, start with washing your hands and wiping down the counter. Then preheat your oven to 425°F. Next thoroughly wash your asparagus. The big trick to deliciously soft asparagus is how you cut it. But before you start cutting, take a close look at the pictures below.

You can see different smaller cuts along the stalk tried from right to left (I’m right handed) to try to find the right place to cut.

Basically, all you need to do is tap your knife along the stalk and feel the texture change. When the knife sinks in with little to know resistance, you have found the spot.

Everything higher on the stalk with turn tender in the oven. Everything lower will retain a lot more of its fibrous woody texture. I don’t like eating sticks.

After you are done cutting, cover a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and spray with rood release. Place all the asparagus on the foil.

Then drizzle the olive oil and seasoning on top. Seasoning wise, I generally stick to salt a pepper. Maybe lemon or garlic powder if I’m feeling a little fancy. I shake enough to see sprinkles on every stalk, but not a layer. Mix the stalks around each other to make sure each one is coated. Once the oven reaches temperature, put the asparagus in for 20-30 minutes for desired doneness. Mine were done closer to the 30 minute mark.

Plate and serve with dinner! We like to eat this with everything from chicken to salmon to steak.

Simple Oven Roasted Asparagus

This asparagus is so roasted it starts to get soft and brown and almost melts in your mouth.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 2


  • 1 Cookie Sheet
  • Aluminum Foil


  • 2.25 lbs Asparagus
  • 0.25 cup Olive Oil
  • Season to taste (salt, pepper, lemon)


  • Preheat oven to 425°F.
  • Wash asparagus thoroughly.
  • Cut off the hard bottom part of the stalk.
  • Cover cookie sheet in aluminum foil.
  • Coat asparagus in olive oil and seasoning on aluminum foil.
  • Bake for 20-30 min, depending on desired doneness.
  • Serve and eat!
Keyword Dinner, Side, Weeknight