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Crispy, fresh, and with just the right amount of lemon, this lemon roasted asparagus is a great side vegetable to go with dinner!
We tend to focus on main dishes sometimes and neglect the power of an amazing side dish…especially vegetables! This lemon roasted asparagus is easy to make, uses minimal ingredients, and will awaken your meal!
This easy roasted asparagus will be the star of any meal you serve it with. 🙂
Asparagus are a Spring vegetable, and they peak in April.
Roasting asparagus takes few ingredients! All you may already have on hand.
Roasting asparagus is super simple! There is a quick step that must be taken anytime you cook with asparagus!
The ends of asparagus’ have a “woody” stem. You can actually gently bend the asparagus and it will “snap” where the “woody” part begins.
It’s usually the two inches on the bottom that are meant to be cut off and discarded.
As soon as the ends are discarded, rinse and pat dry the asparagus.
Frozen asparagus can be roasted frozen. Be warned, using frozen asparagus for roasting will result in a softer spear from the water content of it being frozen.
If you choose to roast frozen asparagus spears, higher to heat to 450 degrees Fahrenheit to get a crispy roasted asparagus. Be sure to flip it halfway at this temperature.
Depending on the season and where you grab your fresh asparagus, the size and thickness will vary!
We were able to use beautiful, thick, and fresh asparagus to roast with lemon.
Thicker asparagus will give you a nice crunch when you bite into it! I prefer to leave the thinner asparagus for wrapping in bundles of bacon and asparagus or for adding into pasta dishes (roughly chopped).
**Pro Tip: The thicker asparagus spears are ideal for roasting asparagus in the oven!**
When you’re ready to eat, squeeze the fresh lemon juice over the asparagus.
Soggy asparagus? The main culprit for soggy asparagus is too much oil and thin asparagus spears.
If you’re roasting thin asparagus spears, skip the liquid oil from a bottle and gently mist it with cooking spray!
Roasted asparagus should not be frozen. Instead, store any leftover asparagus into an air tight sealed container and refrigerate for 1-2 days.
Reheat the lemon roasted asparagus in the microwave for 30-60 seconds when ready to eat.
Asparagus is a healthy vegetable to include into your diet regularly. According to a Healthline article asparagus has only 20 calories, 1.8 grams of fiber, and 2.2 grams of protein per serving.
High in antioxidants, asparagus is proven to be an anti-inflammatory power packed vegetable.
Fun fact: There are three different colored asparagus’! White, purple, and green.
All three colors of asparagus can be cooked the same, steamed, boiled, grilled or roasted. But be warned, the white asparagus is more fibrous and the bottom 2/3 of the spear will need to be removed. (Or cook the white asparagus longer to make it tender.)
Oven roasted asparagus goes with anything! You can make a Hollandaise sauce and serve it Benedict style with eggs for breakfast.
Here are some tried and true recipes that are great with served oven roasted asparagus: