Asparagus is a spring superstar, but sometimes the thought of elaborate preparations can hold you back.
Fear not! Roasting is the secret weapon for bringing out its best qualities.
This method is incredibly easy, requiring minimal effort for a restaurant-worthy side dish.

Imagine asparagus spears transformed. Their green hues deepen with a touch of char, glistening with olive oil.
Tender tips give way to a satisfying snap with each bite.

Roasted asparagus on a baking sheet

How To Roast Asparagus

Unlock the full flavour of asparagus with this foolproof roasting method. Tender spears with a touch of char - ready in just a few steps!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine New Zealand
Servings 4 serves
Calories 40 kcal


  • 1 Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper (optional, for easier cleanup)
  • 1 Fork


  • 500 grams asparagus spears trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • ½ tsp Garlic powder optional
  • ½ tsp Italian seasoning optional
  • grated parmesan cheese for serving, optional


  • Preheat your oven to 220°C (425°F).
  • If using, line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Toss the asparagus spears with olive oil, salt, and pepper. You can also add garlic powder or Italian seasoning for extra flavour.
  • Arrange the asparagus in a single layer on the baking sheet, ensuring no spears are overlapping.
  • Roast for 10-15 minutes, or until the asparagus is tender-crisp and slightly browned on the edges.
  • Remove from the oven and serve immediately.


Recipe Tips
  1. For thicker asparagus spears, add a few extra minutes to the roasting time.
  2. To test for doneness, pierce an asparagus spear with a fork. It should easily slide through.
  3. Be careful not to overcrowd the sheet. This ensures even roasting and prevents steaming.

Serving Suggestions

Roasted asparagus pairs beautifully with various dishes. Here are some ideas:
  • Serve alongside grilled chicken, fish, or steak.
  • Toss with cooked pasta and a squeeze of lemon juice for a light and flavourful meal.
  • Enjoy as a healthy and satisfying side dish for roasted vegetables or quinoa.
  • Add roasted asparagus to a frittata or quiche for a veggie-packed breakfast.


Roasting asparagus is a fuss-free way to unlock its delicious potential. With this simple recipe, you can create a restaurant-worthy side dish in no time. So ditch the complicated recipes and embrace the ease and flavour of roasted asparagus!
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Shane Lowry

Shane Lowry is the author of Good Food To Eat, a website that provides recipes and cooking help.He is a home cook who enjoys sharing his passion for food with others. Lowry’s mother is a chef, and she taught him the basics of cooking and baking when he was young.He also has experience running a catering business with his wife, specializing in finger foods and full meals for people with dietary restrictions such as gluten-free, vegan, and low-carb.Through his various cooking experiences, Lowry has learned what makes a great recipe: simple to follow, yet delicious and satisfying. That’s why he focuses on creating step-by-step recipes that are easy for anyone to make, regardless of their cooking skills.

1 Comment

Water Cress · 25/03/2024 at 11:58 am

5 stars
Like I have already said, your simple asparagus recipes are great

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