Oven Roasted Asparagus – How To

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on April 14, 2010

I love asparagus.  And I especially love it when it’s on sale for $.99/lb.  Because then I’ll actually buy it!

The boys love it too.  My trick: Cut off the top “flowery” part and then cut into inch or so strips and it looks like green beans.  With a slightly different taste, of course.

I think with kids…half the “food battle” is that if something “looks funny,” then they are completely turned off without taking a bite…they’ve made the decision that they don’t like it before they even try it…so if you make it look like something else they like, then they won’t be turned off right away.  Anyone else noticed that?

Oven Roasted Asparagus

1 lb. asparagus ($.99)
1-2 Tbsp olive oil, drizzled ($.10)
1/2 tsp garlic powder ($.02)
Salt and pepper
Parmesan cheese (optional) We leave this out to stay dairy-free, but I imagine it gives a fabulous flavor to the asparagus!

Wash, pat dry and snap the ends off the asparagus. Place the asparagus in a single layer on a baking sheet. Drizzle the olive oil over the asparagus spears. Sprinkle with garlic powder, salt and pepper. Parmesan too, if you like.

Roast in a 400 degree oven for 8-10 minutes, or until tender. Remove and serve immediately.

Cost $1.11

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Heather @ (The Single Dish) April 14, 2010 at 11:02 am

I never thought to add garlic powder, yum. Thanks! I have some asparagus in my fridge that needs to be used up asap!


Marjorie April 14, 2010 at 11:04 am

This is my favorite way to prepare asparagus. Haven’t tried it with Parmesan before. I’ll have to add that next time. Thanks for the idea!


Candi April 14, 2010 at 11:40 am

Roasted asparagus is so good! We like to squeeze a little lemon juice over them after they’ve been roasted. Very smart about the “green beans”!


Jenn April 14, 2010 at 12:25 pm

I use olive oil, lemon juice and dill. Awesome!


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom April 14, 2010 at 1:32 pm


LOVE the dill idea! I’ll have to try that!!!


Lynn April 14, 2010 at 12:28 pm

I do this too. It is my favorite way to cook it.


Vicki April 14, 2010 at 2:11 pm

We put parmesan on ours. It is very good. Goes well with the asparagus. Too bad I’m the only one that really likes it!


Tammy April 14, 2010 at 2:15 pm

Try olive oil with sprinkling of salt, pepper and sugar.


unacat April 14, 2010 at 2:30 pm

Where can I find Asparagus for .99 / lb.?


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom April 14, 2010 at 3:07 pm


Kroger in Ohio…every now and then!


fairydust April 14, 2010 at 3:19 pm

Mmmmmm – I love oven roasted asparagus!!!


Linda April 14, 2010 at 3:21 pm

I make it this way probably once a week, and we have to cut the tips off for the kids, too. Whatever! A little cheat I use is that I use garlic salt instead of garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Two less shakes! It is good with the parmesan cheese, but I only tend to bother with that when company’s coming!


maria April 14, 2010 at 5:10 pm

My 4 year old loves the flowery tops, my 7 year old…not so much. Must try the grean bean trick when I make this this week. Hope out kroger has the same deal! My kids are definately like that when it comes to food too. My 7 year old is like that with the names of food though too. She won’t eat cauliflower, but loves white broccoli. Loves my tuna dishes, but is grossed out by my moms because “can you believe grandma eats tunaFISH!?” And both girls will tell you spinach makes them gag……but extra ‘basil’ on the pizza or in the spaghetti sauce is yummy. It’s all in the presentation!


Susan April 14, 2010 at 5:14 pm

Really good sprinkled with dried rosemary,too!


Amy April 14, 2010 at 8:21 pm

This is our FAVORITE veggie! We also do this on the grill or the fastest/most economical way is to prepare the same way with olive oil, etc and stirfry it. My 8yr old son saw the pic of asparagus and wanted me to add that it is his favorite thing! He just finished eating the few left over from dinner. However, I think he ate them because he was trying to push off doing the dishes! Kids are sneaky like that!


Mary April 14, 2010 at 9:27 pm

I love it this way too! I make it like this when it goes on sale. I just use the grill mates seasoning – super easy. Only one thing – here in Colorado – it takes more like 15 minutes due to the altitude. Price ya pay for the view, I guess ;-)


Damsel April 15, 2010 at 6:36 am

I do the same thing, but I sprinkle equal parts garlic and powdered ginger, and about 1/2 tsp sugar over the asparagus. Amazing!


Bucksome Boomer April 15, 2010 at 8:22 am

I bought asparagus on sale last Spring and wasted it because I didn’t know how to cook it. Your recipe gives me the confidence to buy it again… and cook it this time!


Ellen @ CheapCooking April 15, 2010 at 3:35 pm

Yes, we like it oven roasted or barbecued. The flavor is much better than steamed or boiled. We like to put a little mustard vinaigrette on them after they come out of the oven.


Robbie @ Going Green Mama April 15, 2010 at 9:01 pm

We did ours tonight with a bit of orange juice, olive oil and thyme. They were devoured in record time!


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom April 15, 2010 at 9:13 pm

@Robbie @ Going Green Mama,

Orange juice…another fabulous idea!


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Tina March 21, 2013 at 2:20 pm

Last week I bought asparagus and did n’t have room in my fridge. So I cut off the ends, like flowers and put them in a mug with water in the window. They stayed fresh and tasted even better then before. I had them sitting in the water for 5 days. The kids loved it too. I would have like to roast them like this, instead of steaming them.


Celine March 22, 2013 at 12:08 am

I used the same ingredients, but sauteed the asparagus in a frying pan for about 10 minutes. Sprinkled kosher salt over the top (no Parmesan). No need to heat up the kitchen (if summer ever arrives…).


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