In my humble opinion, asparagus is the unsung hero in the vegetable community. When it comes to side dish recipes, I always reach for asparagus recipes. Asparagus is just so easy to make and you can pair it with so many different flavors and spices without really losing its unique texture and taste.
Quick Lemon Asparagus is probably one of my favorite side dish recipes with asparagus. It has such a refreshing flavor, thanks to a bit of lemon zest and juice. Plus, unlike other cooked vegetables, it’s tender without being too mushy, which I really like. Honestly, you could never go wrong with this easy side dish recipe.
I use this recipe as my go-to any time I’m having company. I have it pre-prepared and ready for the oven and, when everything else is finished and the oven is empty, I slide the pan into the oven for a few minutes. It is easy to multiply this recipe for any number of guests; two pounds of asparagus will usually fit on one pan.
Quick Lemon Asparagus
Judith Hines for Cheap Eats and Thrifty Crafts
1 pound asparagus spears
2 Tablespoons olive oil
zest of ½ lemon
salt and fresh ground pepper
juice of ½ lemon
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil.
- Trim cut ends of the asparagus but leave the stalks whole. Lay in a single layer into the baking pan and drizzle with the oil, shaking the pan to distribute the oil evenly. Sprinkle with the lemon zest and salt and pepper.
- Bake for 7 – 10 minutes, depending on the thickness of the asparagus. The stalks should be bright green and maybe starting to char just a bit, and “al dente” tender.
- Remove from the baking pan to a serving dish and squeeze lemon juice over just before serving.
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