Baked Asparagus

Total Time:
25 min
Prep:
5 min
Cook:
20 min

Yield:
8 servings
Level:
Easy

NUTRITION INFO
Ingredients
  • 2 bunches asparagus, washed
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Coarse grained salt and cracked black pepper
Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Place asparagus in a large plastic bag. Drizzle half the olive oil over the asparagus, seal the bag and shake until asparagus is coated evenly with the olive oil. If necessary, add only enough of the remaining olive oil to coat the asparagus. Place the asparagus in a single layer on a cookie sheet, season with salt and pepper. Bake until tender or crunchy depending upon your preference, about 12 to 20 minutes.

Tips: (Shortcut chef) Toss asparagus with oil, salt and pepper as directed below and store in refrigerator until you're ready to bake it off. Get into the habit of spending 5 to 15 minutes prepping tonight or tomorrow's dinner during the day and you will be eating in more than out. The weight will come off quicker with home cooked healthful meals and you know it.

Tip: From mom's lips to your ears: You forgot to tell them to snap off the woody bottoms. Tell em to hold asparagus, one at a time, in their hands near the cut end and snap it like kindling. Mother Nature saw to it that the asparagus breaks in just the right spot, save the ends for stock.

Morph: Serve one other simple veggie side and a piece of oven baked fish such as salmon and dinner is all done. Cook off extra asparagus and throw it into a frittata, polenta, or pasta later in the week.

If the Queen's coming for dinner, toss cooked asparagus with fresh lemon, plate and garnish with thin curls of Parmesan.

Tip: Asparagus starts losing its sweetness the minute it's cut, therefore, as always, look for the freshest stalks possible. Skins should be smooth and bright colored with tightly formed heads.


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I baked the asparagus for exactly 12 minutes and they couldn't have been more perfect! Fuss-free and delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Any veggie roasted is fantastic. love them when they get crispy and did add garlic powder item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is sooooo good. I'm now a huge fan of asparagus and I was not before. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yummy recipe, and very easy if the oven is on for something else. I've tried adding garlic and other spices, but the original recipe just keeps working better than the rest. A+. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Tasty, mushrooms turn out crunchier if you leave them longer. Good as it is. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Not sure what the comment below was about, but I found this recipe very helpful. I wanted a simple recipe with times and temperatures and this was exactly what I was looking for. I cooked it at 425 [was baking something else] for about 15. Next time I will do 12 to 15 minutes at 400. In any case, I was surprised how delicious something so simple could be. You really taste the asparagus. Can't wait to make this again. Thanks Kathleen! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Any vegetable at 400 degrees for between 12 and 20 minutes works coated with olive oil. Insight on salt and pepper is kind of stupid since every recipe calls for that. Maybe add some reduced balsamic vinegar and tell people something they don't know. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've used this recipe two times on two different ovens and on both occasions, the asparagus came out overcooked (slimy and gooey. I'd suggest turning up the oven temperature and shortening the cook time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I cut my asparagus into thirds (so I could fit them into a container to take to school and sprinkled them with crazy salt. If you haven't found cray salt yet, go find it. It's fabulous. I've been eating the asparagus in place of normal crappy snack foods. I will be making this again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I substituted a Garlic Bread Spread instead of black pepper. My oven cooks unevenly... I used really thin asparagus spears. The pieces in the back were brown and crispy. ( I'm a fan of brown and crispy foods!!! These tasted awesome! I cooked my next batch and browned then until crunchy and sprinkled Parmesan Chesse over the finished product... The browned tips were better than potato chips! (I am Not a fan of Black Pepper! And a Huge Garlic Fan...so take that into consideration if you change the recipe... item not reviewed by moderator and published
Added garlic to recipe item not reviewed by moderator and published
I can't even believe how good this was! I roasted one batch of asparagus for 16 minutes and it was perfect! The heads got slightly charred and delicious, and the outside crisped up while the inside remained soft. I think it is honestly the best vegetable side I have ever made, and it is soooooo simple! I had extra asparagus instead of dessert! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a great seasonal vegetable. I also enjoy the addition of lemon and parmesan. I even add chopped cooked turkey bacon which adds another crunch! item not reviewed by moderator and published
For someone who can't cook, this recipe is wonderful. I also add several cloves of fresh crushed garlic to the oil mixture coating. Delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My first time baking asparagus. Then I thought why have I never done this before?! So easy! I will always be making asparagus this way. This recipe is so perfect. It was direct and I loved the tips. I also sliced one garlic clove and spread out over asparagus also before baking. I timed it for 12 minutes as a starting point then tried them. It was perfect. I like them crispy and thats how it tasted. Crispy and delicious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Add some parmesan cheese and this is one of my favorite side dishes! item not reviewed by moderator and published
this was my first time making asparagus. It was so easy and done really quickly. I added the red pepper flakes like another reviewer suggested. It gave the asparagus a real nice kick. Give it a try! item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was simple and delicious... Simply Delicious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
One of my very favorite recipes. I make it all the time. Bit hit with guests every time I serve it, but I often make it just for myself too. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Really easy but nothing special. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Light, easy and delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
so easy to make, and so delicious! Keep an eye on them if you have thin asparagus - it might only take a few minutes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
When you do this right, they can be crispy and salty like your favorite chip! But they've got no starch and you get the choice of oils...plus they're baked, not fried. And it's so easy...I've always wanted a good way to make asparagus and this is perfect! item not reviewed by moderator and published
For a quick tasty way to do asparagus this is the one. I love this recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Simple and tasty recipe; a large improvement over boiled asparagus. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love asparagus fixed this way. I also do this on the outdoor grill. Fix the asparagus the same as for oven baking and lay the asparagus on some aluminum foil on a hot grill and bake. It's quick with easy clean-up! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great for one person recipes item not reviewed by moderator and published
I went online about 30 minutes before company was due for dinner. I had been looking for a quick recipe for fresh asparagus. This was it. It presents nicely and was so easy. Love it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
better than steaming item not reviewed by moderator and published
I make this all the time to have different people try asparagus this way. Every person has said this is the best way to eat asparagus and always ask me what I did. I have changed their minds on how to prepare this vegetable. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love this recipe! It is SO easy and tasty, and it's fun to make modifications using different spices. We usually add some red pepper for a little extra oomph and also a touch of fresh grated Parmesan cheese if we're in the mood and have some on hand. A delicious side dish to add to any meal. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I loved it! It was so easy to make, it turned out so tasty and delicious and my fiancee was sooo impressed! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I loved the baked asparagus, it was very easy to make. I plan on making this over and over again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I served this ata dinner party. Everyone raved about it. I shaved parmesian cheese on thr top. Great recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I thought that the asparagus would come out soggy. THis recipe was so easy and the asparagus came out crisp and tasty. Great recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I couldn't believe how easy this was to make. It is healthy, easy and delicious.... what a great combo!! Amanda item not reviewed by moderator and published
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I made this with her oven baked salmon and both were delicious. This recipe is an easy and yummy way to get your vegetables in. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My sister made for us for the first time and my whole family enjoyed it. There was none left over. While talking with my family, daughter stated we should make it, but add a little more seasoning item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great flavor and texture. Fast and easy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
this is the only way i can eat asparagus! DELICIOUS! And soooo easy. not to mention little clean up item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'm one of those people that eat asparagus because its good for you. But, I've never cared for the taste of it until now. Very good and so easy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I wanted to enhance this a bit and found that a few spinkles of dry basil really kicks it up and renders a great smell! WOW! other than that..the recipe is fantastic item not reviewed by moderator and published
excellent appetizer/snack and healthy too ... item not reviewed by moderator and published
Fast, easy & a great way to prepare asparagus. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was a great recipe, popped it in when my tenderloin roast was almost done. I also added some Garlic seasoning along with sea salt and cracked pepper. It was delish! A friend who doesn't like asparagus even ate this! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My hubby and I aren't big vegetable fans. But, we know they're good for us, and we continue to try them every way we can. This recipe is tasty and easy. We'll certainly make it again and again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've got a bunch of picksters, and this was actually a hit! I was quite surprised. Quick and easy too. item not reviewed by moderator and published
i have never liked asparagus to much but after bakeing them with this reciept they are the best item not reviewed by moderator and published
So easy and very tasty. Love it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
If you just bake a little longer the tops become a bit crunchy..Great snack food also. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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Baking asparagus in olive oil like this made the bitterness disappear. Mine were thin, so 5 minutes was all it took. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was an easy recipe and also very delicious!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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I loved this dish it was so soft and nutricious and my grandpa loved it. I loved the way they use the seasonings. So Simple!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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As with all her vegetables, Kathleen Daelemans has shown us how to enjoy and vegetables and cook them in a no-mess, no-fuss fashion. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is great, all my friends love it so it's one veggie we will eat in college. I've never liked the stringy-ness of asparagus but baking it makes it crisp instead. Alternatives try adding one or more of the following in the bag: parmesan cheese, spray butter, garlic, or even tabasco! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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What a fantastic change from steamed. So easy and flavorful item not reviewed by moderator and published
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