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Lemon-Roasted Asparagus

When it comes to fixing asparagus, I think it's hard to go wrong. The springy flavors in this easy recipe burst with every bite. —Jenn Tidwell, Fair Oaks, California
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 2 pounds fresh asparagus, trimmed
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 4 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  • Preheat oven to 425°. Place asparagus in a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Mix remaining ingredients; drizzle over asparagus. Toss to coat. Roast until crisp-tender, 8-12 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 75 calories, 7g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 154mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 fat, 1 vegetable.

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  • knollbrookcook
    May 6, 2020

    Nice and simple and very tasty. I even tried it using frozen asparagus and that worked pretty well. Fresh is best, but in the off season, frozen is very good too. When using frozen asparagus, it took about 15 minutes to cook at 375 deg. F.

  • Debglass11
    Apr 24, 2020

    Definitely 5 stars! This is absolutely delicious. Made exactly as directed, except I did add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice to the asparagus before roasting. A perfect side dish for our cookout and super easy to make! The lemon zest and garlic add great fresh flavor. This will be my new "go to" for asparagus. Loved it!

  • gunslinger
    Apr 19, 2019

    Not usually a big fan of asparagus, but this was very tasty and cooked to the perfect crisp tender!

  • AllisonO
    Apr 16, 2019

    This was delicious! The contrast between the flavors was wonderful and beats plain ol' olive oil, salt, and pepper any day. The addition of the garlic and lemon zest, as well as a squeeze of the lemon itself, really amped up the freshness of this side dish. I highly recommend it!

  • annrms
    Aug 9, 2016

    Wow! Fantastic! I usually use lemon-garlic-pepper blend, but the fresh ingredients are WAY better! Even preparing it made my mouth water! I used "medium" thick asparagus and cut the recipe in half. I baked them in my Breville toaster oven with the convection fan, and they were perfectly crisp tender at the end of 8 minutes. I cooled them quickly by spreading them on a plate and placing in front of a fan. We'll have them tonight at room temperature.

  • jessicadidion
    Jun 24, 2014

    Awful. No one cared for this one.

  • martysh
    Apr 21, 2014

    This was an easy and tasty way to fix asparagus. The garlic and lemon complimented the asparagus and was the perfect accompaniment for our Easter meal.

  • TeresaWitt
    Mar 23, 2014

    I've never been a fan of asparagus, but this was delicious! It has just the right amount of spices and flavor, and is so easy and quick to make.