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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 : February 26, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    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.

  2. anotherdirtymartini : February 26, 2010 at 9:55 pm

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

  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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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!!!

  6. 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!!

  7. yes kosher! love it! 🙂

  8. omg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

  10. 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!

  11. 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.

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