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Roasted Asparagus with Lemon, Butter, and Parmesan (VIDEO)

It’s the perfect side dish; Roasted Asparagus spears in lightly seasoned lemon butter with parmesan cheese. It’s simple, but hard to beat! Roasted asparagus is our favorite way to prepare this vibrant and healthy vegetable.

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! 

Roasted asparagus on baking sheet with lemon and parmesan.

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We just love asparagus from Asparagus Casserole to Roasted Salmon and Asparagus and we even love it in our Baked Feta Pasta! It’s such a humble ingredient with so much potential. Thankfully it’s a vegetable my kids love so we get creative with it.

We’ve probably made this a hundred times and it is the most popular asparagus recipe on our site since 2012 because it’s easy and excellent

Ingredients for Baked Asparagus

This recipe makes a large batch, but can easily be cut in half to feed a smaller crowd.

  • Asparagus – you’ll need 2 bunches (about 2 lbs), with the ends trimmed
  • Lemon – we squeeze half of a lemon over the asparagus before baking and slice the other half into rings.
  • Unsalted butter – to dot the top of the asparagus spears and it adds rich flavor.
  • Olive oil – to drizzle the asparagus and keep it moist
  • Salt & Pepper – these simple seasonings are all you need.
  • Parmesan cheese – added at the end of cooking to creating a cheesy crust over the asparagus.
Ingredients for roasted asparagus spears with lemon and parmesan

How to Cook Asparagus in the Oven

  1. Prep – Rinse, pat dry, and trim asparagus.
  2. Arrange asparagus on a large rimmed baking sheet in a single layer. drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roll asparagus lightly to coat.
  3. Add lemon and butter – Squeeze half a lemon evenly over the asparagus. Arrange lemon slices over the top then place pats of butter over asparagus (don’t worry, most of the butter will end up on the pan and not on your waistline).
  4. Bake at 400˚F for 10 minutes or until asparagus is tender. Remove asparagus from the oven and set the oven to Broil.
  5. Sprinkle parmesan over the center of the asparagus and broil for 2-3 minutes or until cheese is melted and golden.
Asparagus on baking sheet, ready to be baked in the oven

Pro Tip: Break off the fibrous asparagus ends by holding the asparagus with one hand at the base and the other hand in the middle of the stem. Bend until it snaps wherever it snaps. This ensures you remove the tough fibrous base that is very difficult to chew.

how to snap and trim asparagus

Common Questions

How many pounds are in one bunch of asparagus?

There is usually about 1 lb of asparagus in a bunch and it can range from 3/4 lb to 1 1/2 lbs+ per bunch depending on the thickness of your asparagus. For this recipe, you’ll need 2 pounds of asparagus before trimming.

Which is better – thin or thick asparagus?

One is not better than the other and they vary in thickness depending on their variety. Both work great in this recipe but keep in mind, thick asparagus will take slightly longer to bake (10-12 minutes) and thin asparagus will take less time (8-10 minutes).

How to Select Asparagus?

Look for asparagus tips that are compact and closed. They should not be falling off or wet. The stalks should be bright green, firm, and smooth (not wilted or floppy).

Baked asparagus with slice of lemon and melted parmesan cheese

Lemon, butter, and parmesan is a winning combination for Roasted Asparagus. P.S. If you love this flavor profile, definitely try our Shrimp Scampi Pasta with asparagus.

Serve With

We love serving roasted asparagus with just about everything – it’s such a versatile profile. These are our favorite pairings for main courses and sides to complete the meal:

Roasted Asparagus with Lemon, Butter, and Parmesan

4.95 from 17 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Roasted Asparagus with lemon and parmesan

The perfect side dish – Roasted Asparagus with lemon, butter, and parmesan. An easy, baked asparagus recipe that pairs well with everything.

Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $8-$10
Keyword: baked asparagus, roasted asparagus
Cuisine: American
Course: Side Dish
Calories: 109 kcal
Servings: 8 people as a side dish

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs asparagus or about 2 bunches
  • 1 lemon (half juiced and half sliced into rings)
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter cut into pats
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp sea salt or added to taste
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper, freshly ground, or added to taste
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese or to taste

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 rimmed baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roll asparagus lightly to coat in oil and seasonings.

  3. Squeeze 1/2 of a lemon evenly over the asparagus. Line the top third of the asparagus with lemon slices from the second half of your lemon. Thinly slice 4 tbsp of butter and line the center of the asparagus with butter.

  4. Bake at 400°F for 10 minutes or until asparagus is tender. Remove asparagus from the oven and set oven to Broil.

  5. Sprinkle the center of the asparagus with Parmesan cheese then return to the center of the oven and broil 2-3 minutes or until cheese is melted and golden.

Nutrition Facts
Roasted Asparagus with Lemon, Butter, and Parmesan
Amount Per Serving
Calories 109 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 21mg7%
Sodium 390mg17%
Potassium 259mg7%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 1074IU21%
Vitamin C 14mg17%
Calcium 102mg10%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

We first published this baked asparagus recipe in 2012. I updated the recipe with new photos and a video tutorial. Here is one of the original photos:

Baked asparagus with lemon, butter and parmesan on a plate garnished with a lemon slice

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  • Juana Dsilva
    June 27, 2021

    natasha, you are making my life so easier when it comes to food prep.
    especially the serving scale, this website is amazing

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 28, 2021

      I’m really to hear that, Juana. Thank you and I hope you’ll love all the recipes that you will try!

      Reply

  • Sky
    June 27, 2021

    I don’t see the video and I don’t see where to turn off the ad blocker.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 27, 2021

      Hi Sky, the recipe doesn’t have a video yet as some of my recipes only have a written recipe.

      Reply

  • Sandra Estes
    June 27, 2021

    Can you pan fry them in a non stick pan? I’m new at cooking these. Thank you.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 27, 2021

      Hi Sandra, I haven’t tried that version yet. If you do an experiment, please share with us too how it turns out.

      Reply

    • Linda Bissett
      July 1, 2021

      Yes I pan fry all the time when I am short on time. Put washed asparagus in skillet, add olive oil and move asparagus to assure Olive oil is on each stalk (About 1-2 TBS) sprinkle with lemon-pepper spice and cook on medium heat till softened, tossing freq, about 5 min Done and delicious

      Reply

  • Rik
    June 26, 2021

    Am I missing something here? Where’s the “VIDEO” that this recipe states it has??

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    • Natasha
      June 27, 2021

      HI Rik, there is a shorter video on this recipe. It’s towards the top after the first image. If you aren’t seeing it, make sure to turn off your ad blocker and refresh the screen. I hope you love the roasted asparagus!

      Reply

  • Krystle
    June 25, 2021

    This turned out so crispy. Even my veggie hating kids gobbled it up.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 26, 2021

      That is the best when kids love what we moms make, Krystle. That’s so great!

      Reply

  • Katie
    June 25, 2021

    We absolutely love this side! It accompanies chicken or pasta so nicely.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 25, 2021

      That it does! I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us, Katie!

      Reply

  • Audra Fox
    June 25, 2021

    This is the absolute only way I will make asparagus from now on!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 25, 2021

      That’s so great, Audra! I’m glad you enjoyed this recipe!

      Reply

  • Bruce
    April 19, 2021

    I split the batch of asparagus in 1/2…made one half exactly as described (with lemon halves and parmesan) and the other half with only lemon juice and butter for the kids. A hit with both adults and kids.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 19, 2021

      That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Bruce! Loving the creativity!

      Reply

  • M Chris Moser
    April 11, 2021

    This turned out great. I only baked (10 minutes and then added parm and baked another 10). I was baking other stuff at the same time. So easy and yummy. Looks like my green bean casserole may be retired.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 11, 2021

      Hi there Chris, great to know that you enjoyed this recipe! I hope this becomes your new favorite. Thanks for your wonderful review and feedback!

      Reply

  • Vicki Marie Stein
    April 5, 2021

    I’m not one for asparagus (I avoid it like the plague), but someone gifted us a few pounds last year, so I decided to try this recipe. It was beyond my wildest expectations. I bought some this weekend and made this again tonight. Perfect. Thanks.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 5, 2021

      Don’t you love nice surprises like that! I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us!

      Reply

  • Steve V.
    April 5, 2021

    This was the perfect accompaniment to my Easter ham. So easy and delicious. Thanks!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 5, 2021

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it, Steve!

      Reply

  • Jan Miller
    April 2, 2021

    Really enjoy your recipes – my friend in Poland – sends them to me in the uk – I made the chicken mushroom peppers one today it was 😋😋. Will definitely try your lemon asparagus 😋
    Thankyou for sharing all your recipes. I hope you keep well.
    You also make me smile when you tap the table. 👏👏👍

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 2, 2021

      That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Jan! I’m glad you’re enjoying our recipes!

      Reply

  • Pat
    March 11, 2021

    I made this in the airfryer an left it in longer so it came out a little crunchier on the tips and added more cheese at the end. Couldn’t stop eating them. 👌

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 11, 2021

      That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review!

      Reply

  • Peter Egan
    March 1, 2021

    Hi Natasha. I love the recipe and, at our local market asparagus( my daughter used to call it aspergrass!) is on special this week for $.97/ lb , which makes it the right time to have an aspergrass week!
    Thank you as always for wonderful recipes.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 1, 2021

      That’s perfect! I hope this becomes your new favorite.

      Reply

    • Frank Speyerer
      April 1, 2021

      Peter, my mother was Louise Egan from New Orleans, the daughter of my Mère (grand-mother), Louise Egan (1883-1955). Any relation?

      Reply

  • Phyllis Bergst
    January 18, 2021

    Have you ever tried these in an air fryer. It’s my new favorite appliance.

    Reply

  • Paulette
    September 18, 2020

    Can you use frozen asparagus ?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 18, 2020

      Hi Paulette! I haven’t tested this with frozen to advise. We LOVE it with fresh though!

      Reply

  • Meri Humphrey
    August 31, 2020

    Looks wonderful! I will give a try!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 31, 2020

      I hope you love this recipe Meri!

      Reply

  • Megan
    May 30, 2020

    I love this recipe! I ended up keeping them in the over for 30 mins to make sure they were nice and soft inside. The hint of lemon on them was absolutely perfect. It’s going to be a regular in my house from now on. Thank you for posting it!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 30, 2020

      You’re welcome! I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe Megan!

      Reply

  • Donna
    April 7, 2020

    I love all your recipes. Do you have a cookbook?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 7, 2020

      Hi Donna! We do not at this time but one is in the works! If you experiment, please let me know how you like this recipe!

      Reply

  • thomas chorba
    January 19, 2020

    Can you recommend a good air fryer recipe book? I just bought one and I need to know how to air fry different things, including the cooking time. Thanks in advance!

    Reply

  • Rex Hutcheson
    October 18, 2019

    This was great.

    Reply

  • Alfonso Torres
    September 11, 2019

    I am making this tonight with Bqq pork chops!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 11, 2019

      Now that’s a good dinner, Alfonso! Thank you for sharing that with me!

      Reply

  • Rick M
    May 18, 2019

    I made this last night to accompany Shrimp Scampi (A spicier version than normal). It could not have been a more perfect balance! The brightness of the lemon on the asparagus made for a refreshing side! And the addition of the sliced lemons was an eye-pleasing presentation!
    Thank you for all you do here!!!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 18, 2019

      Hi Rick! I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you for sharing your great review!

      Reply

  • Barbara
    May 12, 2019

    I love crepes (not sweet). Do you have any recipes I can make. They seem to be out of style these days.
    Thank you so much.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 13, 2019

      Hi Barbara! We have some on our blog here! I hope that helps.

      Reply

  • Char
    August 27, 2018

    I only have one oven and want to make the lobster tails with the asparagus .Can I make the asparagus first and just cover with foil while I make the lobster tails ? Thanks ! Love your site 🙂

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 27, 2018

      Hi Char! I think that could work!

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      • char
        August 28, 2018

        Thanks for your reply ! 🙂 I just love your site and the asparagus looks delicious ! I love the salmon recipe also .

        Reply

  • 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!

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    • 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!

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    • 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!

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    • 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!

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    • 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 !!!!!!!!!!!

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    • 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!!

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    • 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

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    • 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!!

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    • 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?

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    • 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?

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    • 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 😀

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    • 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?

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    • 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)

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    • 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!

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    • 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!

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    • 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

  • Olga (Olga's Flavor Factory)
    April 15, 2012

    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

  • Elvira
    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

  • Inessa-GrabandgoRecipes
    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

  • Lea
    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

      • Ned
        December 15, 2019

        Could you also put some green beans along with the asparagus? Thanks!

        Reply

        • Natasha
          December 16, 2019

          Hi Ned, green beans would take 20-25 minutes to roast at the same temperature. If you want the green beans to be tender and done at the same time, I would suggest putting them on the sheet pan first for 10 minutes then adding asparagus and roasting together for the last 10-12 minutes. You could also blanch/halfway pre-cook the green beans then bake everything together.

          Reply

  • Emma
    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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