My Favorite Asparagus Recipe

I’ve been waiting for our garden to produce the first asparagus of the spring so I could share my very favorite asparagus recipe with you.

Asparagus spears emerge.

The 1st asparagus spears of the season are always cause for great celebration!

But, spring comes late to northern New England, and your asparagus season might be long gone by the end of April, when I expect our season to begin.

Asparagus just past prime picking

Once asparagus unfurls it's branches, it's past its prime for harvest.

So, without further ado, I present:

Easy Roasted Asparagus

Roasted asparagus spears line a baking sheet, fresh from the oven.

A simple recipe to showcase the complex flavors of fresh asparagus.

Preheat oven to 400F degrees.

Place washed & trimmed asparagus spears on baking sheet.

Drizzle with olive oil & sprinkle with salt.

Roast 8-10 minutes, turning once.

Remove from oven (and purely optional: sprinkle with a bit of lemon juice or balsamic vinegar).

Serve immediately.

Caramelized Asparagus Spear Tips - macro

To ensure even roasting, choose spears of similar thickness, or remove thinner spears first. Asparagus will brown & caramelize during roasting, adding a rich, wonderful flavor.

The fresher the asparagus, the better this recipe!

Do you have a favorite way to serve asparagus? I’d love if you’d share it below…

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7 thoughts on “My Favorite Asparagus Recipe

  1. I agree: fresh asparagus like this should be done as simply as possible! Love the early spring photo of the little spears just peeking out of the soil. Have you tried doing the same thing over indirect heat on a grill? YUM.

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    • Thanks, Susan! There’s something so fun about seeing those early spears come charging through the earth…

      Yes! Grilled asparagus… Mmmm! Best be sure to use the fatties for that technique, though… I hate even the thought of losing one down the grill. 😀

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. I agree. That is the best way to prepare asparagus. But I cannot believe you have them already. Not a sign of any green tips in our garden in Woodstock.

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    • Hi Ginny! No asparagus here yet, either… I just wanted to share the recipe before the rest of the country has moved on while New England is just getting started…

      I’m getting antsy for it to start, though (can you tell?)!

      According to my garden journal, we don’t get any until the last days of April… I bet you get yours sooner. We’ll have to check back & see… 😀

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      • Unfortunately no. We have about 2 inches of soil on top of shale. I’m lucky I can get a few tomato plants in the ground. I’d love to have a raised bed full of veggies. How would I keep the rabbits and deer from eating it all?

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