The Easiest And BEST Way To Cook Asparagus


My love affair with asparagus only started a few years ago. I used to live and breathe broccoli – but as I hit my 30s something changed inside of me. That’s when I fell in love with a new kinda green.

The ONLY way I make asparagus (because I don’t really know of another) is baking it.

  • Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil (to avoid having to clean it later – yes, I’m lazy like that)
  • Set the over to 420 degrees
  • Break each asparagus where it naturally splits and line them up on a sheet.
  • Spray with PAM cooking spray (yes, cooking spray) and season with salt and pepper
  • Bake for at least 25 minutes. If you like them more burnt – keep going – but watch them. At 25 minutes they are still crisp and large. The longer you go the smaller and blacker they become (which I like too on occasion).

I make this with dinner or just as a quick snack throughout the day. I am not a carrot and celery muncher so this is the next best thing.

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  1. anotherdirtymartini wrote:

    My cousin made it grilled for us – used olive oil, salt and pepper. The thin stalks were the best, imo. It gets a little tough and strong in taste (for me) if we grill the big stalks.

    Posted 2.26.10
  2. anotherdirtymartini wrote:

    Oh and do you guys use kosher salt? my sister in law started me on using it. yum. or sea salt is good too..

    Posted 2.26.10
  3. Thanks for posting! I usually steam my asparagus (yes, I started my love affair with asparagus a couple years ago as well – still love my broccolli though), but I will try it this way next time.

    Posted 2.26.10
  4. Marlène wrote:

    I steam it too and I love it for a long time now, because my mom was such a huge fan of it.
    I cook it for dinner or in a risotto.

    Posted 2.27.10
  5. woolkarma wrote:

    Vera, I have been involved in a love affair with asparagus, too! I use olive oil (we NEED this good fat!!!), but after they are done roasting I add a little balsamic vinegar, sesame seeds and a pinch of soy sauce. Voila!!!

    Posted 2.27.10
  6. Kelly wrote:

    Wrap bacon around them grill them til the bacon is cooked then serve them with a boiled egg 😉 dip the asparagus into the egg yolk yummo!!

    Posted 2.27.10
  7. veryvera wrote:

    yes kosher! love it! 🙂

    Posted 2.27.10
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    Posted 2.27.10
  9. Kelly wrote:

    LOL it is a really good breakfast :o) Let me know if you try it and how much you love it..

    Posted 2.27.10
  10. Nadia wrote:

    Oh yum! Love asparagus! Our favorite way is slow roasted in a cast iron pan with olive oil and lots of garlic. If you want you can toss it in some pasta. Soo good!

    Posted 2.27.10
  11. Heather wrote:

    I make these all of the time, my boyfriend LOVES THEM! I throw them in a plastic baggie with a little extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper, oregano, garlic powder, and grated Parmesan cheese…amazing.

    Posted 6.10.10

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