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:

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Roasted Asparagus with Lemon, Butter, and Parmesan

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Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
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.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 8 people as a side dish
  • 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

  • Rinse 2 bunches of asparagus and break off the ends by holding the base end and snapping it wherever it snaps.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bake at 400°F for 10 minutes or until asparagus is tender. Remove asparagus from the oven and set oven to Broil.
  • 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 Per Serving

109kcal Calories6g Carbs4g Protein9g Fat5g Saturated Fat1g Polyunsaturated Fat3g Monounsaturated Fat1g Trans Fat21mg Cholesterol390mg Sodium259mg Potassium3g Fiber2g Sugar1074IU Vitamin A14mg Vitamin C102mg Calcium3mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Roasted Asparagus with Lemon, Butter, and Parmesan
Amount per Serving
Calories
109
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
9
g
14
%
Saturated Fat
 
5
g
31
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
3
g
Cholesterol
 
21
mg
7
%
Sodium
 
390
mg
17
%
Potassium
 
259
mg
7
%
Carbohydrates
 
6
g
2
%
Fiber
 
3
g
13
%
Sugar
 
2
g
2
%
Protein
 
4
g
8
%
Vitamin A
 
1074
IU
21
%
Vitamin C
 
14
mg
17
%
Calcium
 
102
mg
10
%
Iron
 
3
mg
17
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked asparagus, roasted asparagus
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $
Calories: 109

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

Natasha Kravchuk

Welcome to my kitchen! I am Natasha, the blogger behind Natasha's Kitchen (since 2009). My husband and I run this blog together and share only our best, family approved and tested recipes with YOU. Thanks for stopping by! We are so happy you're here.

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  • Kelly
    August 20, 2022

    What a great idea to add lemon! Thank you for all of your recipes! Of all the chefs and cooks I follow, your recipes speak to me the most!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      August 20, 2022

      Hi Kelly! That makes me happy. Thank you so much for sharing. I’m glad you enjoyed this recipe.

      Reply

  • Joy Green
    July 31, 2022

    I have been using a lot of your recipes Natasha. Just love them!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 31, 2022

      Wonderful to hear that, Joy. I hope you’ll love all the recipes that you will try!

      Reply

  • Renee Peelen
    July 26, 2022

    Natasha: I love, love your recipes. Whenever I see that a recipe is from you, I copy it down because I know it will be delicious. Thank you for taking the time to share with us. Please continue doing it.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 26, 2022

      You are welcome, it is my pleasure, Renee! I hope you’ll love the recipes that you will try.

      Reply

  • Susan
    July 8, 2022

    I love this recipe, we love asparagus and this is my go to recipe…Thank you 🙂

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      July 8, 2022

      So glad to hear that. Thanks for sharing.

      Reply

  • RGodwin
    May 5, 2022

    OKAY! So I made this and it came out sooooooo good!
    My husband ate the whole thing. I am not the cook of the house but seriously though, your recipes are the bomb. Everyone of them is a big hit at my house and I am a new CHEF… hehehehe 🙂
    Thank you so much Natasha, we love you in my kitchen 🙂

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 5, 2022

      Love that! Thank you so much for sharing that with me, R!

      Reply

  • Hélène R.
    April 7, 2022

    I bought a bunch of asparagus on our beautiful market in Périgueux and tried your recipe. Delicious.
    It will now be one of my favourites. Thank you.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 7, 2022

      Great to hear that! I’m glad you found a new favorite, I hope you’ll love all the recipes that you will try.

      Reply

  • Gary Clark
    March 16, 2022

    I made this tonight with two differences. I added grape tomatoes cut in half, and took the lemons off before I let it rain romano all over the asparagus.

    Great recipe.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 16, 2022

      Hi Gary, sounds great! I’m happy to know that you enjoyed this recipe.

      Reply

  • Norm
    March 3, 2022

    I never use that method of snapping the stalks. Instead, I trim 1/2″ off the bottom and use a potato peeler to shave off the dark outside skin revealing the inside of the asparagus spear which is tender. Plus its very cheffy when presented this way.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 3, 2022

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me!

      Reply

  • Teresa
    March 2, 2022

    I served this asparagus tonight with crab cakes and risotto! Yummy!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 2, 2022

      Sounds great, Teresa. Good to know that you enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • Judy
    February 20, 2022

    Yum! Literally the best asparagus recipe I have ever made. The lemon adds such a yummy and pretty touch! Thank you Natasha!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 20, 2022

      You are so welcome, Judy. Great to hear that you loved the recipe!

      Reply

  • Cindy
    February 16, 2022

    This was so quick and easy to make. The flavor was great. What a great way to dress up asparagus.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 16, 2022

      Thanks for your good comments and feedback, Cindy. Glad you enjoyed this recipe!

      Reply

  • Mahnaz
    December 27, 2021

    I love it and so easy my favorite 🙏🙏🎄🎄🎄🎄🌹🌹🥰🥰🥰🥰

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 27, 2021

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

      Reply

  • Anne
    November 12, 2021

    I tried the roasted asparagus with olive oil, butter and lemon. Oh my gosh!!! I love asparagus!!! Thank you for this great recipe!!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 12, 2021

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

      Reply

  • 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

    Reply

    • 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

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