It’s the kind of dish that puts a zesty spin on your ordinary asparagus, adding a burst of flavors that’ll make your taste buds do a happy dance. Whether you’re a seasoned chef or a kitchen novice, this recipe is as simple as it is satisfying. So, grab that apron and let’s roast some spears to vegetable perfection!
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What makes this asparagus so great?
The lemon zest and juice add a zingy punch, while the garlic brings a comforting, savory note. It’s like a party in your mouth, and everyone’s invited!
02. Fresh and Healthy
Asparagus is a nutritional powerhouse, low in calories and high in vitamins and fiber. When roasted, it caramelizes slightly, enhancing its natural sweetness.
03. Crowd-Pleaser Extraordinaire
Even the pickiest eaters will likely embrace this dish. It’s a veggie win that may convert any asparagus skeptics into fans.
Everything you need
- Asparagus: Pick the freshest ones you can find, nice and green
- Garlic: The more garlic, the better. Let’s keep the vampires at bay!
- Lemon: For zest and juice.
- Fresh parsley: A sprinkle of greenery to make your dish Insta-ready.
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Lay out a pound of fresh, vibrant asparagus spears on a baking sheet and drizzle them generously with 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, ensuring each spear gets coated.
Sprinkle on 3 minced cloves of garlic, zest a whole lemon for that citrusy punch, and don’t forget a dash of salt and pepper to awaken the flavors. Toss the spears gently to embrace the flavor party.
Pop the baking sheet into the oven at 425°F, and let those spears roast for about 12-15 minutes. We’re looking for tender yet slightly crisp asparagus.
Once done, pull them out and drizzle with the juice of half a lemon, coating them with a final burst of citrusy goodness. Plate them beautifully, garnish with a sprinkle of fresh parsley.
Toss and Coat: When tossing the asparagus with olive oil and seasonings, use your hands. This way, you’ll ensure every spear is well-coated and seasoned evenly.
Even Spacing: Arrange the asparagus in a single layer on the baking sheet with a little space between each spear. Crowding can lead to steaming instead of roasting.
Serve Warm: Lemon Garlic Roasted Asparagus is at its best when served fresh out of the oven, so try to serve it promptly for that delightful warmth.
More Delicious Sides:
Lemon Garlic Roasted Asparagus
This Lemon Garlic Roasted Asparagus is an easy-to-make side dish with vibrant flavors.
- baking sheet
- 1 lb asparagus
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 3 cloves of garlic (minced)
- zest of 1 lemon
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- salt and pepper (to taste)
- fresh parsley (for garnish)
Preheat your oven to 425°F
Prep the asparagus: Place your asparagus spears on a baking sheet. Drizzle them with olive oil, making sure each spear gets a little love. Toss them about so they're all evenly coated. Then sprinkle on that minced garlic, lemon zest, salt, and pepper. Toss again to spread the flavors.
Roast 'em: Pop the baking sheet into the preheated oven. Roast for about 15 minutes, or until the asparagus is tender but still a little crisp.
Lemon it up: Once out of the oven, drizzle the lemon juice over the roasted asparagus. Give them a gentle toss.
Garnish and serve: Plate your asparagus and garnish with fresh parsley.
*Nutrition information is only a rough estimate.