Baked Asparagus with Lemon, Butter and Parmesan

It’s the perfect side dish; baked asparagus spears in a lightly seasoned lemon butter with parmesan cheese. Now that’s hard to beat! Asparagus is in season and it’s fairly cheap right now! I’ve tried several fancy asparagus recipes but I keep coming back to this one. Maybe it’s because I usually have all the ingredients in the pantry? Or maybe it’s just my favorite! 

Ingredients for Baked Asparagus with Lemon:

2 bunches asparagus
1 lemon
4 Tbsp butter
Olive oil
Salt & Pepper
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

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How to Make the Best Baked Asparagus with lemon butter:

1. Rinse 2 bunches of asparagus.

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2. Break off the ends by holding the base end and snapping it wherever it snaps. This way you won’t be chewing a fibrous end for 5 minutes. And it’s way easier than having to peal each one with a potato peeler. Can you imagine doing that? I’ve done it before and it’s just not worth the trouble!

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3. Place asparagus in a large baking dish. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper.

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4. Squeeze 1/2 of a lemon over the asparagus. Line the top third of the asparagus with lemon slices from the other half of your lemon (optional).

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5. Thinly slice 4 Tbsp of butter and line the center of the asparagus with butter (don’t worry, most of the butter will end up on the pan and not on your waist line).

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6. Bake at 400˚F for 12 minutes or until asparagus is tender. Remove asparagus from the oven and set oven to Broil.

7. Sprinkle the center of the asparagus with parmesan cheese and broil 2-3 minutes or until cheese is melted and golden.

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Enjoy Enjoy!!

Baked Asparagus with Lemon, Butter and Parmesan

4.86 from 7 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $5
Servings: 6 -8

Ingredients

  • 2 bunches asparagus
  • 1 lemon
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • Olive oil
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Rinse 2 bunches of asparagus and break off the ends by holding the base end and snapping it wherever it snaps.
  2. Place asparagus in a large baking dish, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper.
  3. Squeeze 1/2 of a lemon over the asparagus. Line the top third of the asparagus with lemon slices from the other half of your lemon (optional).
  4. Thinly slice 4 tbsp of butter and line the center of the asparagus with butter.
  5. Bake at 400°F for 12 minutes or until asparagus is tender. Remove asparagus from the oven and set oven to Broil.
  6. Sprinkle the center of the asparagus with Parmesan cheese and broil 2-3 minutes or until cheese is melted and golden.

Enjoy Enjoy!!

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  • Ellen K
    October 13, 2017

    Delicious! Made as a side to your Chicken Piccata and not a spear was left! Thank you for another delicious recipe! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 13, 2017

      You’re welcome Ellen! I’m glad you enjoy the recipe! Thanks for sharing 🙂 Reply

  • Dorene
    August 16, 2017

    Best asparagus EVER! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 16, 2017

      Awesome! I’m glad you love it Dorene! Reply

  • DBrici
    October 6, 2016

    This was delicious!! Always had issues with making asparagus, this was very easy to make! Thank you for sharing! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 7, 2016

      I’m so happy you liked the recipe! Thank you for the great review! 🙂 Reply

  • Dasha
    June 24, 2016

    I never liked asparagus until I tried this recipe, and ever since never stopped making it. It delicious! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 24, 2016

      Ha! That’s awesome! Reply

  • Nina
    June 3, 2016

    Natasha this what I lookin for. Thank you so much. Blessings to you !!!!!!!!!!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 3, 2016

      Thank you Nina 😁. Reply

  • Tina
    January 4, 2015

    Made this tonight. I usually do similar variations to this but this was by far the best. The cooking times WERE perfect as other stated. Love the melted parm and lemon combo!! Bravo!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 4, 2015

      I’m so happy you enjoyed the asparagus! And, now I’m craving asparagus! 🙂 Reply

  • Chiqueta
    April 29, 2014

    Made this tonight for dinner and it was delicious!!! My husband and my kids loved it. I will definitely make this again and share the recipe with others. I also added garlic, it was amazing  Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 29, 2014

      Thank you so much for sharing the recipe with others. Good things are meant to be shared; that’s my motto 🙂 I’m so happy you and your family loved the recipe! Reply

  • Inna
    August 25, 2013

    I love your web site by the way!!! so many wonderful recipes!!! something that i never used to eat before like asparagus, and looked at this recipe and it looks so delicious and easy, that I just gotta try to make it!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 25, 2013

      I hope you loved this recipe! It’s definitely our favorite way to prepare asparagus and it’s fancy enough to serve at a dinner party, but still easy! 🙂 Reply

  • Inna
    August 25, 2013

    Hi, its a great recipe!! cant wait to try it! but wouldn’t that be easier to just cut off all the ends with a knife all at once? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 25, 2013

      I like to break them because they are fibrous at different levels on the stem. Snapping them seems to result in a lower incidence of chewy stems. I’ve also seen the technique of peeling the stem bottoms with a potato peeler, but that would take considerably longer 🙂 Reply

  • Karen
    March 24, 2013

    Hi there, great recipe but I was perplexed by the quantity of asparagus. A bushel is an imperial measurement equivalent to 8 gallons in both Canada and the US. Do you mean bunches? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 24, 2013

      Karen, you are absolutely right, I will have that changed right away. Reply

  • Nikki Farrow
    February 18, 2013

    This was so good! I halved the recipe since it was just me and added grated parmesan since I didnt have fresh. Oh this was such an easy, fun, and delicious recipe! I paired it with honey chipotle encrusted salmon. Excellente! Thank you 😀 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 18, 2013

      You are welcome Nikki, I hope you will find some favorites on the site :). Reply

  • Alesya
    September 17, 2012

    Hi Natasha, do you think this will be good with Mozzarella cheese instead of Parmesan? Have you tried any other cheeses? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 17, 2012

      I think it would be fine. Mozarella might brown a little faster than parmesan, but I still think it would work well. Reply

  • Tanya Sem
    April 25, 2012

    Hey Natasha! How are you? I think a great addition to this already amazing recipe would be some garlic 🙂 I love garlic in pretty much everything (other than desert of course 😉 ). But I think that garlic with asparagus adds a little something special. Thanks for your blog, I love how you do this and inspire the rest of use to make scrumptious food 🙂 (Now I see I’m not the only one mentioning garlic hehe) Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 25, 2012

      Yep! Yep! I’m definitely adding garlic to the mix next time. Have you tried garlic with lemon? Reply

      • Tanya Sem
        May 9, 2012

        No, honestly I dont make really make asparagus. I was skeptical to try it al first but when I did I loved it but haven’t ventured out to make it yet. Was looking for the perfect recipe, which I think yours will be it! The pictures are amazing and it all looks so good 🙂 Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          May 9, 2012

          Oh Tanya it’s so simple and tasty! 🙂 let me know what you think. Reply

          • Tanya Sem
            May 10, 2012

            K, I’ll try to make it for dinner tonight or tomorrow. I’m thinking making your asparagus and chicken Kiev with Olga’s scalloped potatoes 🙂

  • Natasha
    April 18, 2012

    I too just recently discovered asparagus 😉 This was my first time cooking asparagus, and I’m Glad I used your recipe Because I Love asparagus Now!
    Loved this Recipe and Defiantly going to use it over and over! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 18, 2012

      That’s awesome! So glad you enjoyed it. Now I’m off to the store to buy more asparagus! Reply

  • Amber
    April 17, 2012

    I have just recently discovered asparagus. I always thought it was nasty as a kid (probably because it always came out of a can) I have tried roasting it in the oven wrapped in bacon and drizzled with a butter/brown sugar mixture but I was looking for something a little healthier. I will definitely try this one! It sounds wonderful! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 17, 2012

      Oh that does sound unhealthy, but tasty! I love the taste and crisp of browned bacon. But yes, this recipe enhances the natural yumminess of asparagus. I hope you love it! Reply

  • Asparagus! Yummy! I love it. I always broil or roast it in the oven too and serve it with lemon and butter. I add garlic, though. Beautiful pictures. I need to take advantage of asparagus season, while it’s still here. Gotta love easy recipes that taste terrific. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 15, 2012

      You’re not the first person to mention garlic. I’ll have to add that next time and see compare. I love garlic in everything (except cake!). 🙂 Reply

  • April 14, 2012

    Wow it looks really good. Always wanted a recipe for asparagus… Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 14, 2012

      Oh and it’s so easy! 🙂 Reply

  • April 13, 2012

    I made this and it was super easy and super quick. It was beyond amazing!!!! My husband who hates veggies actually asked for seconds! This is now a family favorite. Thanks Natasha for great recipes. 🙂 Have a great weekend!!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 13, 2012

      Awesome!! You won your hubby over! 🙂 thank you so much Inessa! Reply

  • Jenny
    April 13, 2012

    I had asparagus waiting in my fridge so I made this recipe for dinner tonight…absolutely perfect. I often make mine with garlic but honestly I preferred this recipe. It will be my new favorite as I always have these ingredients on hand. Your recipes are so easy to follow and even the cooking time was exactly right. Thank you and please keep the wonderful recipes coming!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 13, 2012

      Jenny thank you so much! I really appreciate your comment. It’s the best kind of motivation for me! 🙂 . That was quick! You’ve already tried the recipe? I’m excited that you enjoyed it!! Reply

  • April 13, 2012

    This is awesome. I will give this a try. I usually boil asparagus for 5 min. Then butter and veggeta on top. I like your recipe better. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 13, 2012

      Thanks Lea! I hope you love it! If anything, you’ll save a step by not having to pre-boil. Reply

  • April 13, 2012

    Asparagus in lemon butter – yes please! I love asparagus, it’s one of the first vegetables I buy in spring. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 13, 2012

      Same here, my son loves it too (but only when it’s a little overcooked!) 🙂 Reply

  • Sveta G
    April 13, 2012

    I just made roasted asparagus yesterday 🙂 mine had garlic/butter but I will definitely try your recipe, maybe tonight 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 13, 2012

      Garlic? Now why didn’t I think of that? There are so many different ways to prepare asparagus. Let me know how it turns out. Reply

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