Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic Brown Butter will BLOW YOUR MIND! – and it’s on your table in 15 minutes!
This Roasted Asparagus Recipe is hands down the BEST way to eat best way to eat asparagus! It’s a back pocket “ace” when you need a restaurant worthy side. The oven roasted asparagus is quick and easy, crisp tender perfection, made from pantry staples but tastes gourmet enough for any company or special occasions!
I love asparagus. They are just so happy. Tall, and gangly but bursting with bright green “welcome spring” confidence. They are perfectly crisp and require nothing but roasting in a little olive oil, salt and pepper to taste delicious. But if you add some nutty, brown butter, tangy balsamic vinegar and soy sauce, you quite possibly have the best oven baked asparagus ever. AND it doesn’t take any extra time than roasting regular asparagus because you make the 3 minute sauce while the asparagus is roasting with pantry staples you probably have on hand right now.
When I first saw this baked asparagus recipe on Cooking Light, the reviews were really positive, but I still expected to change it a bit as I always try to make the best possible version I can of anything and everything. But to my surprise, I found this roasted asparagus perfect in its simplicity.
How to Roast Asparagus in the Oven
First, start by snapping off the woody ends of the asparagus. The easiest way to do this is to hold the asparagus in one hand and bend it in the other near the base of the asparagus until it snaps. The asparagus will naturally snap where the unpalatable toughness ends begins leaving you with nothing but fresh asparagus.
Next, we add our asparagus to a large baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil and toss until evenly coated. Next, arrange the asparagus in a single layer so it will roast and not steam. Season with freshly cracked salt and pepper.
How Long to Bake Asparagus
We bake our asparagus at 400 degrees F for 8-10 minutes. The time can vary depending on a few factors – how thick your asparagus is, how fresh your asparagus is, and if your oven is calibrated correctly. I like my asparagus tender but still crisp, so I always bake closer to thee 8 minute mark but there is no right or wrong here – just bake to desired doneness,
While our asparagus is roasting in the oven, we make our easy Balsamic Brown Butter. It might sounds exotic and intimidating but it’s super easy! Simply melt butter in a small skillet over medium heat. Once melted, cook approximately 3 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring constantly. It will bubble and foam, turn a dark golden hue and start to give off a nutty aroma. At this point, remove your pan from the heat immediately or the butter will burn if you continue to cook it.
Next, off heat, stir in a splash of soy sauce and balsamic vinegar.
And eat! You really you won’t be able to stop eating this oven roasted Asparagus! I really do love it as much as candy – I was eating stalk after stalk with my fingers just like candy – for quality control purposes, of course.
Looking for more Oven Roasted Vegetable Recipes
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- Maple Dijon Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Butternut Squash.
- Baked Parmesan Fingerling Potato Fries
- Roasted Broccolini (With Lemon and Garlic)
- Roasted Potatoes with Bacon and Parmesan
- Honey Garlic Roasted Carrots
- Roasted Hasselback Sweet Potatoes
- Asian Roasted Butternut Squash and Cashews
- Mexican French Fries with Salsa Ketchup
For extra special occasions, you can even top this roasted asparagus recipe with 5 Minute Perfect Caramelized Nuts (which I like to keep on hand for such occasions) and you you might as well triple the batch.
Barely adapted from Cooking Light
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