Roasted Asparagus

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Delicious Roasted Asparagus with the perfect easy seasoning blend and grated Parmesan cheese. Add a little crunch with panko and/or breadcrumbs!

Serve this asparagus alongside this Beet and Goat Cheese Salad, these creamy Mashed Potatoes, and Roasted Carrots for the perfect side dish lineup.

Plate of perfectly roasted asparagus, a delicious and healthy side dish.

The Best Roasted Asparagus

We love asparagus around these parts! It’s such a great vegetable that adds texture and flavor to so many dishes. It’s also perfect as a standalone side dish (especially for Easter or other holiday meals). Roasted Asparagus is also a great addition to a meat-heavy main course.

Some of our favorite meals using Roasted Asparagus (besides as a side dish) are this One-Pan Sausage and Veggie Dish, this Balsamic Asparagus salad, or this One-Pan Lemon Chicken.

Beyond the scrumptious taste, there are also many health benefits. Another great thing about asparagus is how quickly it can be ready. In only about 10 minutes of roasting time, you can have this delicious side dish on your table.

Asparagus spears with woody stems removed and seasoned, ready for roasting.

Ingredients In This Oven Roasted Asparagus

  • Asparagus: The main component and star of the dish. It’s roasted to bring out its natural flavors and tenderness.
  • Olive Oil & Melted Butter: These are fats that help in roasting the asparagus, making it tender and giving it a rich flavor. They also help the other seasonings adhere to the asparagus.
  • Salt, Dried Italian Seasoning, Garlic Powder, & Freshly Cracked Pepper: These are seasonings that add flavor to the asparagus.
  • Panko Bread Crumbs (or Breadcrumbs): Adds a crunchy texture to the roasted asparagus.
  • Parmesan Cheese: Gives a salty, umami flavor and also contributes to the crispy outer layer when roasted.


Monitor Asparagus Thickness: As it varies, check doneness visually instead of just by time. 

How To Roast Asparagus

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F and prepare a large baking sheet.
  2. Wash the asparagus and dry thoroughly. Snap off woody ends.
  3. Place asparagus on the baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and melted butter.
  4. Season with salt, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and pepper. Toss to coat.
  5. Sprinkle with panko breadcrumbs and 1/3 cup Parmesan. Toss again.
  6. Spread asparagus in a single layer on the sheet.
  7. Bake for 7-11 minutes, until browned and tender.
  8. Finish by sprinkling with the remaining 2 tablespoons of Parmesan. Serve roasted asparagus immediately.

Cleaning and trimming asparagus stems, alongside panko breadcrumbs and grated parmesan cheese, essential for the roasted asparagus recipe.


Shopping For And Storing Asparagus

Choose straight, plump asparagus and avoid those with dry ends. Preference for thin or thick stems is up to you: thin is sweeter and tender, while thick has a meatier texture and stronger flavor. For storage up to 5-6 days: Trim 1 inch off the bottoms, stand them in a cup with 1-2 inches of water in the fridge, and cover loosely with a plastic bag. Bad asparagus signs: Sliminess, bad odor (fresh asparagus shouldn’t smell).

How To Prep Asparagus

Rinse asparagus under cold water and dry by rolling between two kitchen towels. Snap off the ends manually to ensure only the woody part is removed, preserving the tender stem.

When Is Asparagus Fully Cooked?

Roasted Asparagus is ready when bright green with a slight crunch. Test with a fork or bite. If it’s tough, it’s undercooked; if mushy, it’s overcooked. Besides being tasty, roasted asparagus offers health benefits. (read up more here)

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Roasted Asparagus

4.89 from 9 votes
Delicious Roasted Asparagus with the perfect easy seasoning blend and grated Parmesan cheese. Add a little crunch to your roasted asparagus with panko and/or breadcrumbs!
Plate of perfectly roasted asparagus, a delicious and healthy side dish.
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Roasted Asparagus

Plate of perfectly roasted asparagus, a delicious and healthy side dish.
4.89 from 9 votes
Delicious Roasted Asparagus with the perfect easy seasoning blend and grated Parmesan cheese. Add a little crunch to your roasted asparagus with panko and/or breadcrumbs!
Course Side Dish, Vegetarian
Cuisine American, Vegetarian
Keyword Roasted Asparagus
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 - 8 servings
Chelsea Lords
Calories 173kcal
Cost $3.52


  • 1 and 1/2 pounds asparagus, woody ends removed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon EACH: fine sea salt, dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon EACH: garlic powder, freshly cracked pepper
  • 1/3 cup panko bread crumbs (or breadcrumbs - Note 1)
  • 1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese, divided


  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Use your largest baking sheet (I recommend a 15×21-inch sheet pan).
  • Wash under cold water and dry completely. (Do this quickly by rolling the spears in between two kitchen towels.) Snap off the woody ends from each spear. 
  • Place the asparagus spears directly on the large sheet pan. Drizzle with olive oil and melted butter. Add the salt, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and pepper. Toss until the spears are well coated. They need to have enough oil and butter so the panko and Parmesan will stick; add an additional tablespoon of oil if needed (if you have more than 1.5 pounds asparagus). 
  • Finally, sprinkle the panko and 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese. Again, toss gently to ensure the panko and Parmesan coat all the spears.
  • Spread the asparagus into a single even layer, making sure they aren't overlapping; otherwise, you get steamed instead of roasted asparagus (use 2 sheet pans if needed). Some of the panko/Parmesan will fall to the tray and that's fine as long as most of the asparagus is well coated. If not, sprinkle the mixture on the spears.
  • Bake 7-11 minutes or until spears are lightly browned, tender, and the Parmesan cheese is melted. (this may vary depending on actual oven temperature and size of spears). Remove from the oven and sprinkle the remaining 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese on the hot asparagus. I like to take some of the toasted panko from the tray and add it on top of the bowl or platter of spears.
  • Enjoy immediately while hot.


Recipe Notes

Note 1:Panko: I think panko makes all the difference for this asparagus, but regular breadcrumbs will also work.  if you prefer, you can omit the crumbs entirely. To read about panko/breadcrumb, click here. You can typically find panko in the Japanese cuisine section of your store or near regular breadcrumbs.

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 8servings | Calories: 173kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 174mg | Potassium: 362mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1438IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 150mg | Iron: 4mg

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  1. 5 stars
    I absolutely loved this easy, tasty, refreshing dish. I served it with a slather of garlic lemon hummus to be paired with roasted chicken. Divine! Thanks for sharing.

  2. 5 stars
    I loved this recipe and so did my family (even my 6 year old)! I’ve never made asparagus before and your instructions from washing to cooking were so helpful. It turned out perfect.

  3. 5 stars
    I made this for Thanksgiving dinner, and it was perfect! I used 2 bunches of asparagus, and we ate almost all of it! I might try this with broccoli or cauliflower. Thank you for this recipe!

  4. Thank you! I am always overcooking asparagus. Not with this recipe – perfecto! A little crunch and wonderfully seasoned.

  5. 5 stars
    Hands down the BEST recipe for roasted asparagus I’ve ever had in my life! I have searched the Web and your recipes stand out because of the flavor and the knowledge that comes along with your recipes! I absolutely adore you. Thank you for bringing flavor back into my kitchen with foods that I typically wouldn’t attempt to cook. I recently started dating a gentleman who is a vegetarian and your recipes help me look like a rock star! Thank you!!!

    1. Awe Michelle your comment seriously made my day! I am so happy to hear how much you loved the asparagus and so happy you’ve enjoyed my other recipes! You sound like a rock star! 🙂 Thanks for your comment! 🙂

  6. 4 stars
    We made it for Easter Dinner- very tasty and I liked the seasonings. I usually roast them plain w/ olive oil S/P. I thought it was just a little too salty. I will cut down on salt or eliminate it since the cheese is salty too.

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