Roasted Asparagus With Parmesan

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This tender roasted asparagus with Parmesan is lightly crisp with fantastic flavor. It features garlic, cracked pepper, flaky salt, a drizzle of olive oil, and a bright squeeze of lemon. It’s a healthy delicious side for any meal.


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Roasting asparagus in the oven is quick and easy to do, and a real time saver. You can prep your main dish on stovetop while the asparagus is roasting in the oven. After you try it once, oven roasting will become your favorite method for preparing this veggie.

The only kitchen tools you’ll need: a large rimmed baking tray, parchment paper (for easy clean-up), a garlic press or knife, and kitchen tongs. If you have a lemon press, that’s helpful but not required.

🛒 Ingredients

  • A fresh bundle of thin asparagus
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Fresh garlic, pressed or minced
  • Maldon flaky salt
  • Freshly-ground black pepper
  • Grated Parmesan cheese
  • Butter (optional)
  • Freshly-squeezed lemon juice

🧑🏼‍🍳 HOW TO STORE FRESH ASPARAGUS: During asparagus season you’ll want to buy a few bundles at the farmers market. Keep them fresh in the fridge for several days by placing the stalks in a large mason jar filled with 3 inches of cold water. Cover the tops in plastic wrap for extra protection.

Roasted Asparagus



  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Rinse the asparagus. Pat stalks dry between paper towels.
  3. Snap off the dry woody ends and discard them.
  4. Place asparagus on the prepared tray.


  1. Drizzle the asparagus with olive oil. Sprinkle with pressed garlic, cracked black pepper, flaky salt, and a dusting of grated Parmesan.
  2. Gently toss the asparagus until fully coated in oil, spices and cheese.
  3. Roast asparagus in the oven for 9 to 12 minutes, or until the stalks slightly shrivel and become fork tender.
  4. Remove from oven. If desired, drizzle with melted butter.

👩🏻‍🍳 How to Serve Roasted AsparaguS WITH PARMESAN

  1. Squeeze a bit of lemon juice over the top to brighten the flavor.
  2. Sprinkle stalks and spears with additional Parmesan cheese.
  3. This simple recipe can be served warm or at room temperature. Pair it with your favorite dinner entrees and a loaf of crusty bread.
Roasted Asparagus with Parmesan Cheese


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Roasted asparagus with Parmesan is lightly crisp with fantastic flavor. Make this delicious vegetable side in just 15 minutes. Ideal for weekday meals and Thanksgiving dinner.


Units Scale
  • 1 pound fresh thin asparagus
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • Flaky salt, to taste
  • Freshly-ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 2 tablespoons butter (optional)
  • 1 lemon, for juice


RECIPE PREP: Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a large rimming baking sheet with parchment paper.

  1. Rinse asparagus and pat dry between clean kitchen towels.
  2. Snap off the thick, tough woody ends and discard them.
  3. Place the asparagus the prepared baking sheet in a single layer.
  4. Drizzle olive oil over the asparagus. Sprinkle with pressed garlic, flaky salt, cracked pepper, and a few pinches of Parmesan. Toss the stalks until they’re well coated in the oil, spices and cheese.
  5. Bake thin stalks for 9 to 12 minutes (bake thicker stalks for 15 to 20 minutes), or until slightly wilted and fork tender. If desired, drizzle with melted butter.
  6. Transfer roasted asparagus to a serving tray. Brighten the flavor with a squeeze of lemon juice. Sprinkle the top with remaining Parmesan cheese.


Recipe Variations: Lightly drizzle roasted asparagus with thick balsamic vinegar. For a hint of heat, sprinkle with red pepper flakes. For special occasions like Thanksgiving dinner, sprinkle the roasted asparagus with toasted sliced almonds.

  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 Minutes
  • Category: Vegetable
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American
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  1. We’ve always loved roasted asparagus and it is so easy to make in a sheet pan. You can roast quite a few and now worry about whether they’re done or not. Perfect for a dinner party.

  2. Roasted asparagus is my favorite. Seriously, I think I made it clear for myself last week when I visited my friend’s house. They had a big table of dishes but it was asparagus for me that won the night! This looks perfect!

  3. The easy shrimp scampi meal is an awesome shortcut meal. The asparagus, well, I am loving it ! Easy and delicious and ready in no time A perfect side dish

  4. I love roasting vegetables! It adds such a wonderful depth of flavor. And asparagus is one of my favorites to do. I like to mix it with other roasted veggies for a simple side dish

  5. This is the best way to cook asparagus! Full of so much flavor and I love the crispy tips. Definitely a wonderful side dish to go with just about any meal.

  6. That shrimp scampi looks absolutely fantastic! I have to look for it next time I go shopping…these meals would really come in handy for those busy weeknights when I need a little break from kitchen duty. The roasted asparagus is a perfect side too. Great photos!

  7. I love roasted asparagus, and it sounds great with the pasta! Sometimes I like to sprinkle a little feta on top of mine.

  8. I do the same thing as far as roasting the asparaguses! I just use alot of garlic. I sometimes add slivered almonds :)

  9. Sounds like a great side dish for the holiday, especially the color. It really pops for a Christmas holiday meal!