Roasted Asparagus with Garlic and Lemon

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"Simple as springtime and easy to adjust to your tastes. Servings will vary greatly due to individual cravings, but don't plan on leftovers if there is an asparagus lover around."

Original is 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (114.9 g)
  • Calories 24.9
  • Total Fat - 0.1 g
  • Saturated Fat - 0 g
  • Cholesterol - 0 mg
  • Sodium - 2.5 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 4.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 2.4 g
  • Sugars - 2.1 g
  • Protein - 2.6 g
  • Calcium - 29.9 mg
  • Iron - 2.5 mg
  • Vitamin C - 6.8 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 2

Rinse the asparagus and break off the bottom ends by bending each spear gently. The tough ends snap off at different lengths, but they will all cook the same if they are the same basic diameter.

Step 3

Place asparagus in a single layer in an oven proof dish and drizzle with olive oil. A little goes a long way here, so easy does it. Roll the spears gently to coat them in the oil.

Step 4

Sprinkle with minced garlic, kosher salt, and a few grinds of fresh pepper. If you are using lemon zest, add it to the mix with the other seasonings.

Step 5

Bake uncovered for 7-10 minutes, until a knife pierces the bottom of a spear with some resistance. Watch the time, since thicker spears need longer than thinner ones.

Step 6

Squeeze a lemon over the whole dish to serve at the table or over individual portions by serving with a lemon slice or wedge.

Step 7

Garnish with grated or shaved Parmesan if it sounds good.

Step 8

For a visual treat, slice a lemon and cut one side to the center. Twist the slice, and it will stand at attention on or near the asparagus.

Step 9

If, by some chance, there are leftovers, add them to a salad, to a quiche, to a pizza, or to an omelette.

Step 10

Vary the dish with additions of toasted almond slices, cherry tomatoes, and/or a grating of Parmesan.


No special items needed.

21 Reviews


This roasted asparagus was divine. Simple ingredients with a ton of flavor. The instructions were very good. I could only find thin asparagus, so I shortened the cooking time a little bit--other than that, made as directed and I'm so glad I did. Made for B'Zazzled Tag Game in the forums.


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(19 Mar 2023)


Fresh asparagus are a favorite vegetable for my husband and I and we enjoy them quite often when they look good in the store. I don't bake them too long so they are just cooked and not mushy. Roasted this way they are just how we like them!


review by:
(8 Mar 2014)


I love this asparagus I could eat it all day! I used lemon pepper instead of ground pepper and omitted the zest I used fresh Parmesan cheese, SO SO GOOD! thank you


review by:
(19 Aug 2013)


This is a super good recipe for asparagus, we all loved it, thanks so much Mary!


review by:
(10 Aug 2013)


These are so delicious cooked on the grill. We had them with steak and a great Greek salad!


review by:
(28 Jul 2013)


Cooked on the grill to pair with grilled steaks, devoured and enjoyed by all! very nice recipe, thanks!


review by:
(25 Jun 2013)

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