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Servings: 4
Author: Lisa Lin

How to Roast Asparagus

Ever wondered how to roast asparagus? Here’s a simple oven roasted asparagus recipe that uses just 5 ingredients: asparagus, olive oil, salt, pepper, and lemon zest. Variations: You can sprinkle parmesan cheese or cajun spice over the roasted asparagus.
Prep Time6 mins
Cook Time9 mins
Total Time15 mins


  • 1 pound asparagus, medium thickness
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon zest


  • Preheat the oven to 400ºF (205ºC). Position an oven rack to the center position.
  • Rinse the asparagus and pat dry with a cloth. Snap off the ends of the asparagus. Transfer the asparagus to a large baking sheet.
  • Drizzle the olive oil over the asparagus. Rub and roll the spears around so that they are covered in oil. Spread the spears so that they are lined up in a single layer.
  • Sprinkle a pinch of salt and black pepper over the asparagus. Roast the asparagus for 8 to 9 minutes. If the asparagus are pencil thin, roast them for 6 to 7 minutes. For the chunky asparagus that are about 1 inch thick on the bottom, roast them for 10 to 12 minutes.
  • Take the asparagus out of the oven and sprinkle the lemon zest on top. Use a spatula to gently toss the asparagus with the lemon zest. Serve immediately.



Serving: 1serving | Calories: 54kcal | Carbohydrates: 4.8g | Protein: 2.6g | Fat: 3.7g | Saturated Fat: 0.6g | Sodium: 534mg | Fiber: 2.5g | Sugar: 2.1g
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