Oven Roasted Asparagus
Easter is just a few days away and I am pretty sure that you must preparing a list of the foods that you will cook during this holiday – that is if you value Easter so much. When preparing that list, make sure that you do not forget to include some greens in it. One the most ridiculously simply vegetable dishes that you can cook are oven roasted asparagus. If roasting is your favorite method of cooking vegetables, you are going to have a lot of fun making them. But if you have never roasted vegetables before, there is no need to worry because there is a first time for everything. What I can guarantee you is that you will love them. Preparing the asparagus is so easy even if it is your first time to give them a try. Roasting them is more flavorful compared to steaming.
Oven Roasted Asparagus Recipe
- Preparation time: 10 minutes
- Cooking time: 15 minutes
- Servings: 4
- 1 bunch of thin asparagus spears (trimmed)
- 1 1/2 tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
- 3 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1 clove garlic (minced, optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon of ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon of sea salt
- 1 tablespoon of lemon juice (optional)
How to Prepare
- The first thing you will need to do is preheat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit or 200 degrees Celsius.
- After that, take the asparagus and put them in a mixing bowl.
- Take the olive oil and drizzle it over the asparagus and then toss them to coat. After that, sprinkle the asparagus with garlic, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper and then arrange them on a baking sheet in a single layer.
- Put the asparagus in the preheated oven and bake them for 12 to 15 minutes or until they are just tender. The baking time may vary depending on the thickness of the asparagus. After making sure that they are tender, sprinkle them with lemon juice and then serve immediately.
If you do not have a convection oven, there is no need to worry because you can roast the asparagus in a toaster oven. If you are roasting a lot of them for many people, you will need to roast them in batches for the best results. Do not overstuff a lot of them in the toaster oven because they will not be able to cook properly that way.
In order to remove the woody ends of the asparagus, you simply need to grab the stalk of the asparagus on both ends and then bend it until it snaps. The woody end will naturally snap where the asparagus start to get tough. You do not need to go through the trouble of removing the woody ends with a knife.
Instead of putting the asparagus in the oven while exposed to roast them, it will be a good idea to wrap them into aluminum foil. The aluminum foil will help to keep them moist and also allow them to cook evenly. It will also make cleanup a lot easier.
The important thing you need to remember when it comes to roasting asparagus is that you do not to overthink anything. The easier you keep the process, the better. There is no need of being so choosy about the asparagus when you go looking for them on the market. Just grab whatever asparagus you can find first as long they are healthy and appealing to your eyes. However, you need to remember that for roasting, thicker asparagus will be better than thinner ones – they will not become too floppy and soft too quickly.
Apart from being cooked in an oven, the roasted asparagus can also be cooked on a grill. They are very yummy and easy to cook. It is a great last-minute dish that does not involve a lot of technicalities and does not take a lot of your time to cook. It can go from fridge to platter in as little as 12 minutes. Just make sure that you wash the asparagus properly. The last thing you want is to munch on hard particles or stones when eating them. Something like that can leave a very irritating feeling in your mouth or even cause you to start hating asparagus. If you are cooking for many people, remember to increase the quantity of the asparagus to be more than what is being used in this recipe.