Are you a fan of asparagus? Today we will show you a simple method for roasted asparagus.

This recipe is the easiest ways to prepare asparagus and it is so scrumptious that you could just about eat the entire bunch yourself.

Here’s a tasty recipe for simple Lemon Garlic Roasted Asparagus that pairs well with grilled or roasted meat. Apronese provides step-by-step photos of the process below.

Lemon Garlic Roasted Asparagus on a white roasting pan with lemon wedges

The Reasons We Love Roasted Asparagus

Several methods are available to cook asparagus, but roasting wins. Roasting concentrates the flavor to give you a much more deep, savory flavor than lighter cooking methods like steaming or sautéing.

It is always so wonderful to eat them when the edges are a little brown and crispy, which gives them such a great flavor and texture that makes them a delight to eat.

When Is Asparagus in Season?

When it comes to asparagus, it’s definitely one of those vegetables that you should buy in season to get the best price and taste. You can find asparagus in season during the spring months, or from late February to early June depending on where you live.

How to Choose Good Asparagus

  • If you’re shopping at the grocery store, avoid asparagus that isn’t kept moist.
  • Check the cut ends for dryness (even better if they are displayed in water), and ensure that the asparagus itself is crisp, not soft or rubbery.
  • Stalks and flowering ends should be tightly connected.

Serving ideas for Lemon Garlic Roasted Asparagus

Roasted asparagus with lemon garlic is a simple, classic side dish to serve with roasted or grilled meats. They would be a great accompaniment to Lemon Pepper Chicken, Brown Sugar Roasted Pork Loin, Honey Mustard Pork Chops, or Creamy Mushroom Chicken with Crispy Onions.

It would also be a good idea to make some Hollandaise Sauce to drizzle over these delicious asparagus spears you will be serving!

Close up overhead shot of lemon garlic roasted asparagus on the sheet pan

Recipe for Lemon Garlic Roasted Asparagus

The recipe for Lemon Garlic Roasted Asparagus is an easy side dish that has vibrant flavors that goes well with grilled proteins or roast chicken and pork.

Author: Beth

Prep Time: 10 mins / Cook Time: 20 mins / Total Time: 30 mins

Servings: 4


  • 1 bunch asparagus (1 lb.) ($1.88)
  • 2 cloves garlic ($0.16)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil ($0.16)
  • 1/8 tsp salt ($0.02)
  • 1/8 tsp freshly cracked black pepper ($0.02)
  • 1 fresh lemon ($0.89)


  • The oven should be preheated to 400ºF. Rinse the asparagus well, and cut off the dry or woody stem ends (about an inch is needed). Using two garlic cloves, minced them.
  • The baking sheet can be lined with parchment paper to make cleanup easier. On a baking sheet, place the asparagus along with minced garlic. Add the salt and pepper after you drizzle the olive oil over it. Using a tossing motion, coat the asparagus with garlic, oil, salt, and pepper.
  • Roast the asparagus for 20 minutes at 400°F or until they have browned to your liking (the roasting time may vary depending on their size). Once halfway through roasting, stir once more.
  • In the meantime, zest the lemon using a box grater or a small-holed cheese grater while the asparagus are cooking. The amount of zest you will need is about one teaspoon. Zest the lemon, then cut it into wedges.
  • As soon as the asparagus are roasted, add the lemon zest and a few squeezes of lemon juice. Then toss to coat. Salt and lemon can be adjusted according to taste. You can serve the remaining lemon wedges with it.


Serving: 1 serving ・ Calories: 56.28 kcal ・ Carbohydrates: 5.05 g ・ Protein: 2.58 g ・ Fat: 3.63 g ・ Sodium: 106.38 mg ・ Fiber: 2.45 g

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Step by Step Photos to Make Lemon Garlic Roasted Asparagus

Ends trimmed off asparagus

Turn the oven on to 400oF and preheat it. After rinsing one bunch of asparagus (about 1 lb. ), trim off the woody ends. Occasionally, we leave the rubber bands on while trimming to make the process easier. Take two garlic cloves and mince them.

asparagus, garlic, oil, and salt on a baking sheet

You can line a baking sheet with parchment paper to make cleanup easier. Trim the asparagus and add it to the baking sheet with 1 Tbsp olive oil, minced garlic, and about 1/8 tsp salt. Add oil, garlic, salt, and pepper to the asparagus and toss until well coated. Place in the oven to roast.

Zested lemon on a cutting board with a small-holed cheese grater

During the roasting of the asparagus, zest a lemon. It will take about one tablespoon of lemon zest. Make wedges of the lemon after zesting it.

Lemon being squeezed on roasted asparagus

Depending on the size of your asparagus, roast for about 20 minutes, or until browned to your preference. About halfway through roasting, stir the asparagus. After roasting, add lemon zest and lemon juice. Toss the asparagus in lemon juice to coat. You can adjust the salt or lemon according to your taste.

Lemon Garlic Rosted Asparagus on a sheet pan with lemon wedges

You can serve the asparagus with lemon wedges left over from the roasting. Be careful! Try not to eat them all… (LOL)

Hopefully you’ll have a delicious side dish to serve with this recipe from Apronese. We’d love to hear about your experience in a comment below.