Oven-Roasted Asparagus


Classic roasted asparagus is a side fit for nearly any meal.

oven roasted asparagus on a white oval dish

Caitlin Bensel; Food Stylist: Torie Cox

Cook Time:
10 mins
Active Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
8 to 10

Oven-roasted asparagus with slivered almonds pairs beautifully with a variety of main dishes, and it's one of those go-to vegetable recipes that even the kids will enjoy.

Want to know the best part? It takes little to no effort. Simply trim the ends of the asparagus, season, and pop the crispy green veggie in the oven. Just like that, you'll have a go-to side dish for your holiday celebration or weeknight supper.

Of course, one side dish is never enough, so be sure to check out some of our other favorite party side dishes.

Ingredients for Roasted Asparagus

This side requires only a handful of ingredients, most of which are pantry staples.

  • Asparagus: Get the freshest you can find.
  • Olive oil: This helps roast the asparagus by protecting it from drying out and browning nicely.
  • Garlic: For flavor.
  • Slivered almonds: Optional, but they provide a nice crunch.
  • Salt and pepper: To season to perfection.
ingredients for roasted asparagus

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How To Trim Asparagus

The ends of asparagus need to be trimmed before cooking because they can be tough and woody. The "snapping" method you've probably been taught isn't really the best way to go about it.

Instead, try lining up all of the spears on a cutting board and slicing off the ends all at once, cutting where the stalks turn from white into green.

trimming the ends off asparagus

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Trimming Tip

It's not always necessary to trim asparagus. For example, super fresh, pencil-thin stalks are fairly tender throughout, but generally it's a good step to do in order to avoid chewing on inedible ends.

How To Make Oven-Roasted Asparagus

The full recipe for roasted asparagus is below, but here's a brief recap:

  • Step 1: Wash and trim. Remove tough ends of the asparagus.
  • Step 2: Season. Place the asparagus on a lightly greased baking sheet. Toss with olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper, to evenly coat.
  • Step 3: Roast. Roast the asparagus at 350°F for 10 minutes or to desired degree of tenderness. Transfer to a serving dish and sprinkle with almonds.

How To Store and Reheat Leftover Roasted Asparagus

Put leftover asparagus in an airtight container. Store in the fridge for 2 to 3 days.

Leftover roasted asparagus won't be as crisp and snappy as freshly-roasted asparagus. If you don't mind that it's limp, just warm the leftovers in the microwave, and enjoy.

But if you need a little more life from the leftovers, use the asparagus in another dish:

  • Chop it up and add to a quiche.
  • Toss with a light shallot vinaigrette for a quick salad.
  • Chop and add to a pasta sauce for a vegetable-forward update to a classic dinner.

When Is Asparagus Season?

Asparagus is best (and cheapest) when in season. It's a spring veggie and ready to harvest from February through June with peak months in April and May.

Other Seasonings for Oven-Roasted Asparagus

Ginger, soy, and sesame seeds are delicious ingredients to season the roasted asparagus with, or you could try wrapping the asparagus in bacon before it hits the oven. A touch of lemon juice or a sprinkle of any tender herbs after the asparagus comes out of the oven is another delicious way to finish the dish instead of adding almonds.

Editorial Contributions by: Alana Al-Hatlani.


  • 3 pounds fresh asparagus

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 3 garlic cloves, minced

  • 3/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted


  1. Trim asparagus, and season:

    Snap off and discard tough ends of asparagus; place asparagus on a lightly greased baking sheet. Drizzle evenly with olive oil; sprinkle evenly with garlic, salt, and pepper.

    raw asparagus on a cookie sheet

    Caitlin Bensel; Food Stylist: Torie Cox

  2. Roast asparagus:

    Bake at 350°F for 10 minutes or to desired degree of tenderness. Transfer asparagus to a serving dish; sprinkle with almonds.

    roasted asparagus on a cookie sheet

    Caitlin Bensel; Food Stylist: Torie Cox

    Temp Tip

    For a more roasted texture, roast the asparagus at 400°F for 8 minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Should I soak asparagus before roasting?

    No need to soak asparagus before roasting! Give them a good rinse to get rid of any dirt. Then trim and roast. It's that easy.

  • Should I blanch asparagus before roasting?

    While blanching is a great technique to use before adding asparagus to a salad or stir-fry, it's not necessary to blanch asparagus before roasting.

  • Should I peel asparagus before roasting?

    No, unless you're working with very old or tough asparagus. It's an old-school technique for removing the fibrous outer layer of the spears. If you do peel your asparagus, note that it will cook faster.

  • Why is my roasted asparagus mushy?

    Mushy asparagus means you're overcooking it. Asparagus cooks fairly quickly, so take it out of the oven a minute or so before you think it's done to avoid a mushy mess. You can always test how tender it is by poking it with a fork; it should have just a slight resistance.

Additional reporting by
Alana Al-Hatlani
Alana Al-Hatlani
Alana Al-Hatlani is an Assistant Food Editor at Southern Living.
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