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Roasted Asparagus with olive oil, garlic, lemon zest.

Roasted Asparagus Recipe

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  • Author: Sylvia Fountaine | Feasting at home
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: vegan, side dish
  • Method: roasted, baked
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


Roasted Asparagus with olive oil, garlic, lemon zest, baked at 400F, in about 20 minutes. A fast, easy, healthy vegetable side dish that pairs with so many things!


  • 1216 ounces fresh asparagus (pencil-thin)
  • 12 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely minced – use a garlic press
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • a squeeze of lemon juice (after it’s roasted)

Optional Garnishes:  finely grated parmesan or try vegan cheesy sprinkle, toasted slivered almonds or toasted pinenuts, basil or flat-leaf parsley, chili flakes 


  1. Preheat oven to 400F
  2. Trim asparagus: Hold one spear of asparagus in your hand, and with your fingers snap off the rough end. Note where it naturally breaks. Use this as a guide to trim the remaining asparagus, laying it next to the others. Cut the remaining spears to match this length.
  3.  Toss the trimmed asparagus in a bowl with olive oil, garlic, lemon zest, salt & pepper.
  4. Lay spears out in a single layer on a  parchment-lined sheet pan.
  5. Roast until just tender-crisp (yet still vibrant green), about 15-25 minutes, depending on size and thickness, tossing halfway through. 
  6. Once tender squeeze with lemon juice, and give a good toss. Taste for salt, adding more if needed. 
  7. Place in a serving dish and garnish with any of the optional garnishes. 


Both marinated raw asparagus and roasted asparagus will keep in the fridge for up to 4 days.

For more flavor, add sliced shallot to the mixture.


  • Serving Size: with 2 tablespoons pine nuts
  • Calories: 127
  • Sugar: 3.5 g
  • Sodium: 294.6 mg
  • Fat: 10.1 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 8.3 g
  • Fiber: 4 g
  • Protein: 4.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg