Perfect Asparagus Recipe

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For many years, I struggled to find the perfect asparagus. Crunchy yet cooked stalks that were not covered in butter, yet still immensely flavorful. After unsuccessfully steaming, poaching and pan-frying, I turned to the oven for a solution.

While this recipe is simple and quick (making it the last thing you should prepare before serving a meal), it is the means of making a perfect side dish, and should be part of a chef’s repertoire.

perfect asparagus

cooked asparagus
Yield: 2 servings

Perfect Asparagus Recipe

Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 9 minutes
Total Time: 11 minutes


  • 1 bunch asparagus, washed
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 lemon, quartered


  1. Preheat the oven to 475 degrees Fahrenheit. Break off the bottoms of the asparagus. Toss with the olive oil, garlic, shallot, salt and ground black pepper.
  2. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place the asparagus one spear deep.
  3. Insert the sheet into the oven and bake for 6 to 9 minutes, until it has reached the desired tenderness – leave it in longer if wanting it softer. Serve with a squeeze of lemon.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 86Total Fat 7gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 0mgSodium 71mgCarbohydrates 7gFiber 2gSugar 2gProtein 1g

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  • Samantha Lowe

    Based in Kingston, Canada, Samantha Lowe has been writing for publication since 2006. She records her culinary and globe-trotting experiences online at A love of photography and cooking fuels this writing, with the end result usually enticing friends and acquaintances to 'loosen their belts'.

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