1 lb fresh asparagus
2 tablespoons olive oil
Preheat oven to 375. Line a baking sheet with foil. Drizzle the olive oil in the middle of the sheet. Break of any tough bottoms on the asparagus*. Place on the baking sheet and roll them around in the oil. Sprinkle with the kosher salt. Zest a lemon over the asparagus. Bake about 6 minutes or until the spears are bright green and tender, but not browned**. Serve immediately.
*An easy way to do this: hold an end in each hand. Bend the spear gently from the bottom, and the tough part will break right off where it meets the edible part.
**I like to take them out of the oven before the asparagus browns so avoid them drying out the tiniest bit. You can leave them in there longer but I don’t think they are a vegetable (at least not when served on their own) that benefits from any sort of carmelization.
I prepare my asparagus in a similar fashion, except I pan sautee. I will have to try your method and compare results.
AmenamenamenAMEN! I LOVE asparagus cooked this way. Absolutely the best.
asparagus can benefit from carmelization! when we grill it ouside we let the tops get nice and crispy and they takes on a much deeper flavor. mmmm.
long time reader of your blog – love it!
Lisa: Oddly, I like the asparagus a little more well done when it is cooked with other vegetables, but alone, I like it unbrowned.
This is actually very similar to how we eat it in our home. I cook it almost twice as long and I go one step furthern. I take a peeler to the base of the asparagus and take off hat layer of skin. It makes them even more tender.
I followed your link from the ‘recipes to share’ group on flickr. What a beautiful blog!
My favorite way to eat it too.
I love the freshness of lemon on asparagus. Sometimes I add some toasted breadcrumbs too.
I LOVE roasted asparagus. I’m not a big lemon fan though> I usually make mine with a balsamic butter sauce.
lovely and simple recipe. some of the best ways to eat food are simple prep with little added to it.
love this recipe.
i actually prepare many veggies in this fashion…string beans and brussels are my fave aside from asparagus. i think if you get asparagus “off season” then it might benefit to carmalize it.. but fresh spring asparagus deserves to be served in this fashion
thank you rachel!
I love this too – though, like Lisa, we do it on the grill!
Our local Harris Teeter had asparagus (the nice pencil thin ones) on special and I can’t wait to try this method of cooking it! One of my favorite comfort foods (and a quick and light lunch or dinner) is creamed asparagus on toast.
Thank you. I have been lurking for awhile and made these on Sunday. They were wonderful and welcomed, even the non-asparagus eaters enjoyed.
I didn’t think I liked asparagus until I had it pan roasted (and then later roasted in the oven). My step mom always steamed asparagus which I think makes it taste similar to lima beans which I don’t like. The only reason I tried it this way was because I was having dinner at my inlaws and this was the only veggie my MIL served.
I love roasting asparagus as well, and I’ve become addicted to adding dried tarragon to the olive oil before roasting, and squeezing lemon on after. SO GOOD.