I got thinking about veggies the other day and realized that sometimes the simplest ways to make food tasty are often the most flavorful.
Today, I’m giving you a basic recipe for garlic roasted asparagus in the oven. Yes, it’s easy, but damnnnnn it’s good. This side dish only takes a quick 20 minutes to throw together and is wonderful paired with roasted chicken or my favorite salmon. In fact, if you have a large enough sheet pan, you can make the salmon AND the asparagus at the same time (or just use two baking sheets!).
Ingredients in this garlic roasted asparagus recipe
As you can probably guess, this easy garlic roasted asparagus recipe uses super simple ingredients. Put them together and you get a wonderful, perfectly flavorful side dish! You’ll need:
- Asparagus: that’s what we’re roasting, of course!
- Sesame oil: you can also use olive oil, but the sesame oil really gives it that savory sesame flavor.
- Garlic: gimme all of the garlic in this recipe. Garlic powder will also work!
- Sesame seeds: I love toasted sesame seeds but you can use black as well for a yummy, crunchy texture.
- Salt & pepper: to bring all of the flavors together.
How to cut asparagus
The “stem” of asparagus spears is actually very tough and woody. You’ll want to remove this part before roasting because it’s too tough to eat. You can do so by simply snapping off the base, which is usually about 1 inch long, or carefully it off of each asparagus spear with a sharp knife.
How to roast asparagus
- Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F and cut off the woody ends of your asparagus spears.
- Place asparagus in large bowl and add sesame oil and minced garlic (or 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder); toss to combine. Arrange spears on large baking sheet and generously sprinkle with sesame seeds. Season with a good amount of sea salt and black pepper.
- Place in oven for 15-20 minutes or until spears reach desired consistency. You should be able to pierce them with a fork, but they should still be a bit crisp. Remove from oven and transfer to serving plate to serve immediately.
Tips for storing asparagus
The best way to store asparagus is actually to store the spears as though they were a bunch of flowers! Add a few inches of water to a jar that can hold all of the spears, place the asparagus in the jar stem-side down, and store the jar in the fridge. I also recommend covering over the tops of the spears with a bag so that they stay fresh.
What to serve with garlic roasted asparagus
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I know you’re going to love this easy sesame garlic roasted asparagus. Please let me know if you make it by leaving a comment and rating the recipe below. I’d love to hear from you and it helps encourage others to make the recipe too! Enjoy xo.
Sesame Garlic Roasted Asparagus
Flavorful sesame garlic roasted asparagus deliciously seasoned and cooked to crunchy perfection right in the oven. This easy roasted asparagus recipe comes together in just 20 minutes for the best Spring side dish!
- 1 1/2 pounds asparagus spears, washed and ends trimmed
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil (or sub olive oil)
- 3 cloves garlic, minced (or sub 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds (can also use black sesame seeds)
- Freshly ground salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Cut the dry woody ends of the asparagus and discard.
Place asparagus in large bowl and add sesame oil and minced garlic; toss to combine. Arrange spears on large baking sheet and generously sprinkle with sesame seeds. Season with a good amount of salt and black pepper.
Place in oven for 15-20 minutes or until spears reach desired consistency. They should still be a bit crisp. Remove from oven and transfer to serving plate to serve immediately.
Love asparagus! Also, we live in Phoenix and the weather has been glorious! All my windows are open and it's nice to let in the fresh spring air. Have a great trip!
Love the recipe, if you love great weather come to Australia!
Rene from OZ xo.
Love the recipe, if you like great weather come to Australia! if this message is duplicated, it's me, not sure what I am doing on the computer some time.
Rene from Oz xo.
I love this idea! Roasted asparagus is one of my go-to side dishes, but I’ve never used sesame oil. I will definitely be trying this out soon. Have a great time in Arizona!
I’ve been so anxious for spring (not just for the weather)! New produce, sun, farmer’s markets…I’m so excited and your asparagus looks fantastic!
Happy spring ! I am living in Moscow right now…worst idea ever ! Craving any food that reminds me of a nice warm day out ! Thanks for the recipe.
Hahaha my boyfriend is from Minnesota, and now we live in Virginia so he’s basically never cold. It’s so funny.
That asparagus looks awesome!
asparagus is my favorite veggie. 🙂 And you make them look so fancy! I roate asparagus all the time, but have never added toasted sesame seeds. Will do that next time for sure.
Just made this to pair along side some fish..and my man declared it the best meal I’ve ever made! The sesame oil was genius! I may have to try it on roasted broccoli next. Thanks girlie! Happy man=happy girl=happy home!
I love this, too!
huuu i feel hungry
I featured this recipe in a BuzzFeed post, check it out here! http://www.buzzfeed.com/threeolivesbranch/15-amazing-asparagus-recipes-to-jump-into-spring-26qy9
I’m chuckling because I just polished all my silver and I need to polish yours too!!!!
Love asparagus….glad you are sharing this recipe again.
I just happened to be making asparagus tonight and saw this post. Thought I would give it a try. Best asparagus ever!!! It Will be hard to eat it any other way but this. Thanks!
My mother used to roast asparagus with balsamic vinaigrette or teriyaki sauce for dinner before I went to college! It was so delicious. I have never tried making sesame garlic asparagus before, but it definitely looks like something worth making! I love how easy this recipe is!
SO simple and delicious! The perfect side dish for Easter!!
I enjoy your website was rather turned off by the dirty looking serving platter and server. Just an FYI…..
It’s not dirty, it’s antique and is worn!
This recipe was so easy to follow and turned out perfectly! If you’re looking to switch up the veggies you’re serving with dinner, this garlic asparagus recipe should be your next go-to. Thank you for sharing this recipe!
Such a great side! Glad you enjoyed 🙂
I always want to try asparagus, but don’t know any good recipe for it. Once I tried it by mixing with my soup but it doesn’t taste great. I will definitely try this new recipe and will share my experience.
Thanks for sharing such nice recipes, much appreciated!!
Let me know if you give this one a try! My absolute favorite 🙂
The recipe looks good but sadly asparagus is hard to get where I live.
The recipe you shared with us is great and want to give this a try but in the place where i live it’s difficult to get asparagus. But if i get asparagus someday i’ll definitely give it a try.
Let me know if you end up trying them! This would also be delicious with green beans.
This recipe looks great and soon i give it a try with green beans becouse asparagus is hard to find. Thanks for sharing.
This recipe is looking super delicious and i am going to give it a try this weekend. I like green beans more so i will replace the asparagus with green beans. Cheers!!
Perfect! That will be delicious. Enjoy!
This looks so tempting! The recipe is gorgeous!
Thank you, hope you can try it soon!
Delicious and easy! I’ve made it about 3 times now and my boyfriend and I love it. We haven’t tried it with sesame seeds yet.
So glad you both love this recipe! Thanks so much for the review 🙂
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