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Quick Roasted Asparagus With Lemon Recipe (Plus Photo Guide)

Jan has been cooking and writing about food for over 20 years. She has cooked on multiple television stations, including the Food Network.

Roasting is a perfect way to make bright, fresh-tasting asparagus in no time.

Roasting is a perfect way to make bright, fresh-tasting asparagus in no time.

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!

Ingredients

  • 1-2 pounds fresh asparagus
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large lemon, zested

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  2. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  3. Trim the asparagus by snapping off the root end. If you're not sure about this, check out the video tutorial below.
  4. 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.
  5. Roast at 400ºF for right at 12 minutes. Serve immediately, or chill and serve cold.

Step-by-Step Photo Guide

Throw some aluminum foil on a baking sheet. Not only does this eliminate a lot of clean-up, but it helps ensure even cooking during the roasting process.

Throw some aluminum foil on a baking sheet. Not only does this eliminate a lot of clean-up, but it helps ensure even cooking during the roasting process.

I like smaller, more tender asparagus. Look for pencil-sized spears, and simply rinse them off before snapping off the ends.

I like smaller, more tender asparagus. Look for pencil-sized spears, and simply rinse them off before snapping off the ends.

Prepping asparagus is a snap - literally! Hold the spear close to the root end and bend. It will break at the right spot, about an inch or so up. You can also trim them with a knife if you'd like.

Prepping asparagus is a snap - literally! Hold the spear close to the root end and bend. It will break at the right spot, about an inch or so up. You can also trim them with a knife if you'd like.

Lay the asparagus in a single layer on the baking sheet and drizzle with a little olive oil. It only needs a couple of teaspoons; too much and the finished asparagus will be greasy and oily. Just a little is all you need.

Lay the asparagus in a single layer on the baking sheet and drizzle with a little olive oil. It only needs a couple of teaspoons; too much and the finished asparagus will be greasy and oily. Just a little is all you need.

Zest the lemon right over the top of the asparagus.

Zest the lemon right over the top of the asparagus.

Sprinkle with kosher salt and the zest of a lemon. I like kosher salt best, and the pop of fresh lemon zest is just amazing with the fresh asparagus.

Sprinkle with kosher salt and the zest of a lemon. I like kosher salt best, and the pop of fresh lemon zest is just amazing with the fresh asparagus.

Roast for 12 minutes at 400F. You can serve immediately, or chill and serve cold.

Roast for 12 minutes at 400F. You can serve immediately, or chill and serve cold.

Perfectly cooked, crisp tender and popping with flavor, this roasted asparagus with lemon will be a new favorite!

Perfectly cooked, crisp tender and popping with flavor, this roasted asparagus with lemon will be a new favorite!

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