Jan has been cooking and writing about food for over 20 years. She has cooked on multiple television stations, including the Food Network.
Easy Roast Asparagus With Lemon Zest
For years, I thought I didn't like asparagus—and wouldn't even try it. But I was served fresh asparagus at a friend's house and was stuck. I had to at least try it. It was a revelation—that stuff was incredible!
I realized that all I had ever had when I was little was the canned stuff, and fresh asparagus is so different from the canned stuff that it's almost a different vegetable. I love the fresh stuff, especially in spring when it's in season.
One of the things I like most, however, is how lightning fast and easy it is to make. You can have this on the table in 15 minutes, and most of that is oven time, leaving me to do other things. It's perfect for everyday meals, but fresh asparagus is special enough for company, making entertaining a snap.
Asparagus is beautiful on its own with just a few seasonings. Salt, pepper, and lemon are the perfect seasonings to highlight the bright, fresh flavor without overwhelming—supporting and showcasing the vegetable.
You can serve this recipe hot, straight from the oven. Or you can chill this, and serve it cold. It's really nice to add to pasta salad, or it's perfect for a cold supper. It tickles me to death to watch my nine-year-old daughter snacking on chilled roasted asparagus.
Give this method a try—you'll have a new go-to recipe your whole family will love!
- 1-2 pounds fresh asparagus
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 2 teaspoons freshly cracked black pepper
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 large lemon, zested
- Preheat oven to 400ºF.
- Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
- Trim the asparagus by snapping off the root end. If you're not sure about this, check out the video tutorial below.
- Lay the asparagus out in a single layer on the foil lined sheet. Drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and lemon zest.
- Roast at 400ºF for right at 12 minutes. Serve immediately, or chill and serve cold.
Step-by-Step Photo Guide
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