This Garlic Parmesan Roasted Asparagus recipe is made with just a few simple ingredients and is the perfect side dish for any meal. Crisp, yet tender asparagus is seasoned with salt and pepper, then coated with olive oil, garlic, and parmesan cheese before roasting in the oven. This is the BEST way to cook asparagus!

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Asparagus is one of my favorite vegetables. It’s the perfect side dish for pretty much any meal, and makes a regular (almost weekly) appearance at our dinner table. This easy asparagus recipe is the way I’ve been making it for years, and it has gotten rave reviews since I first posted it over eight years ago!

There are many different ways that you can prepare asparagus; you can steam it, grill it, sauté it, etc. The easiest way though, and my personal favorite, is to roast asparagus in the oven.

There is just something magical that happens when you pop crisp-tender asparagus in the oven and roast it to perfection. Roasting really brings out the natural sweetness in this asparagus recipe, and it cuts out the bitterness, too.

It’s such a simple method, yet it elevates the nutty, rich flavors and adds a crispy texture that is so delicious.

roasted asparagus on a white plate.

Garlic and parmesan are two of my favorite ingredients to add to just about any kind of savory recipe, so tossing them in with this baked asparagus recipe was a no-brainer. Sprinkle on some salt and pepper, then spritz with olive oil and you are ready to bake!

I love to serve Mississippi Chicken or Easy London Broil with my roasted asparagus, but it’s so versatile it pairs well with just about anything!

Ingredients for Roasted Asparagus

ingredients laid out on a marble counter top.
  • Fresh asparagus – choose asparagus that is bright in color and has tightly closed tips with a green or purple tinge. I have more tips for choosing the perfect bunch of asparagus below!
  • Salt + black pepper – use freshly cracked pepper and as much salt as you prefer. I season mine pretty generously.
  • Fresh Garlic – you will need 3-4 cloves of freshly minced garlic.
  • Cheese – I recommend using freshly grated parmesan cheese. It complements the nutty flavor of the asparagus so well.
  • Olive oil spray – this helps to bind everything to the asparuagus. You can also use a drizzle of olive oil instead of the spray.

A full list of ingredients, measurements, and instructions are located in the recipe card below.

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

foil lined baking sheet topped with roasted asparagus.

Step 1: Spread out rinsed and trimmed asparagus (remove any woody ends) on a foil or parchment-lined baking sheet.

foil lined baking sheet topped with roasted asparagus.

Step 2: Spray asparagus with olive oil spray, then sprinkle with the salt, pepper, garlic, and parmesan cheese. Use your hands to mix the asparagus with all of the other ingredients.

foil lined baking sheet topped with roasted asparagus.

Step 3: Lay the asparagus out in a single layer again. Spray once more with olive oil spray.

foil lined baking sheet topped with roasted asparagus.

Step 4: Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 8-9 minutes, then serve.

Tips and Notes

  • I prepare my roasted asparagus on the same cookie sheet that it bakes on. I can’t stand extra dishes to wash, so if a recipe allows a short-cut, I go for it! Just make sure to use a rimmed baking sheet and line it with foil or parchment paper. It will make cleanup easier, too.
  • The best way to store asparagus is upright in a bowl or wide glass of cold water in the fridge. If you don’t have the space for this method, you can also wrap the bottom of your asparagus in a damp paper towel before storing in the fridge. This will help your asparagus to stay nice and crisp.
  • To give some brightness to your asparagus, add a squeeze of lemon juice before roasting.
  • Don’t overcook it! I like to cook my asparagus for just about 8-9 minutes. If you go any longer than that, the asparagus gets too soft for my liking. I like it to be a little bit crisp and not mushy.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days.
roasted asparagus on a white plate.

Thick Asparagus vs. Thin Asparagus

Which is better? It really comes down to personal preference, so one isn’t necessarily better than the other. Thicker asparagus sometimes gets a reputation for having a more woody, tough texture, but this isn’t always the case. In reality, asparagus’ thickness actually comes down to age. Thinner asparagus is younger, while thicker asparagus is older and has had more time to grow.

​How to Choose the Best Asparagus

When you are looking for asparagus at the  grocery store or farmers market, there are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Look for asparagus spears that are tightly closed and have bright green or purple tips. If the tips are yellow, they are past their prime.
  • Check the thick ends for freshness. Look for asparagus that has nice juicy ends. If the ends are dried out, keep looking.
  • Asparagus is in season during the spring months. February to June is typically the ideal time to purchase asparagus for the best flavor and freshness. 
roasted asparagus on a white plate.

FAQs

How to keep asparagus fresh?

Keep your asparagus at its peak freshness by storing it upright in a bowl of cold water. You can also wrap the bottom of your asparagus in a damp towel.

When is asparagus in season?

Asparagus is at its height of freshness during the spring months from February into June. While you can find asparagus at the store year round, its flavor (and cost!) are significantly better in the spring.

If you try this recipe, please leave a comment and rating below. I love to hear from you and always appreciate your feedback!

roasted asparagus on a white plate.
5 from 170 ratings

Recipe: Garlic Parmesan Roasted Asparagus

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes
This Garlic Parmesan Roasted Asparagus recipe is made with just a few simple ingredients and is the perfect side dish for any meal. Crisp, yet tender asparagus is seasoned with salt and pepper, then coated with olive oil, garlic, and parmesan cheese before roasting in the oven. This is the BEST way to cook asparagus!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound fresh asparagus
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 2-3 Tablespoons parmesan cheese
  • olive oil spray

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and set aside.
  • Rinse the asparagus and trim off woody end pieces. Spread out in a thin layer on top of the prepared cookie sheet.
  • Spray the asparagus lightly with a coat of olive oil spray. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, garlic, and parmesan cheese. Use your hands to mix the asparagus with all of the ingredients, then lay out into an even layer again. Spray with one more light coat of olive oil.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 8-9 minutes. Remove from oven and serve immediately. Enjoy!

Notes

  • I prepare my roasted asparagus on the same cookie sheet that it bakes on. I can’t stand extra dishes to wash, so if a recipe allows a short-cut, I go for it! Just make sure to use a rimmed baking sheet and line it with foil or parchment paper. It will make cleanup easier, too.
  • The best way to store asparagus is upright in a bowl or wide glass of cold water in the fridge. If you don’t have the space for this method, you can also wrap the bottom of your asparagus in a damp paper towel before storing in the fridge. This will help your asparagus to stay nice and crisp.
  • To give some brightness to your asparagus, add a squeeze of lemon juice before roasting.
  • Don’t overcook it! I like to cook my asparagus for just about 8-9 minutes. If you go any longer than that, the asparagus gets too soft for my liking. I like it to be a little bit crisp and not mushy.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days.
Cuisine: American
Course: Side Dish
Calories: 24kcal, Carbohydrates: 3g, Protein: 2g, Cholesterol: 1mg, Sodium: 332mg, Potassium: 123mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 450IU, Vitamin C: 3.9mg, Calcium: 47mg, Iron: 1.2mg
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