Start by rinsing it to get rid of any dirt, dust, or germs. If necessary, you should remove the woody ends of the asparagus (if they haven't been removed already).
This step is completely optional: Blanch the asparagus spears. Prepare a bowl of ice water. Bring a salted pot of water to a boil, then add the asparagus. Boil for 3 minutes then remove the asparagus using a slotted spoon or tongs and place it in the ice bath.
Arrange the asparagus in a single layer on a baking sheet pan and season. Sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper, then add the minced garlic. Drizzle the asparagus with olive oil so all the asparagus stalks are covered.
Roast in a preheated oven for 12-15 minutes at 400ºF/200ºC, though the time should be adjusted for the size. - Thin: 8-11 minutes- Medium: 12-15 minutes- Thick: 16-20 minutesThe best asparagus will be lightly browned and fork-tender when it's ready.
Optional add-ins: Before roasting, you can also add any other seasoning you like - lemon zest, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, thyme, etc.Roasted asparagus with parmesan: sprinkle the asparagus with freshly grated parmesan cheese just before you roast it. This baked asparagus recipe will have a whole new boost of flavor and can really elevate a familiar side dish.Should I blanch asparagus before roasting? This step is completely optional and I often skip it. Blanching can keep the beautiful green color and will give you a headstart on the cooking process. It also means that when you bake them, the outside won't overcook before the insides are done. It'll keep them beautifully crisp too.Check the blog post for more tips and answers to top FAQs!