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The Best Roasted Asparagus Appetizer with Parmesan

The perfect classy side dish takes less than 30 minutes to make and is made up of roasted veggies and has the perfect blend of spices and toppings. Doesn’t that sound delicious? I’m talking about this roasted asparagus appetizer with parmesan cheese dish!

roasted asparagus with spices olive oil and parmesan cheese on a baking sheet.

Why this Recipe Works

  • It’s so easy to make; messing it up is impossible.
  • Roasted asparagus appetizer with parmesan is my go-to side dish when hungry guests come knocking on the door or as part of the main course like when you’re having baked chicken for dinner, or a tasty and easy oven baked salmon with tomatoes.
  • Done in less than 30 minutes.
  • Healthy and flavorful.

Ingredients

one bunch of asparagus with parmesan cheese and olive oil plus garlic powder salt and pepper.

You need a few simple ingredients which are easy and you probably have them on
hand already in your kitchen. If not, these can be easily found in the grocery store.

Asparagus: Get the green asparagus. Look for fresh asparagus with tips tightly closed and stalks are plump an firm.

Parmesan Cheese: Always go for the fresh parmesan block and grate it yourself at home.

Other ingredients you will need are pantry staple extra virgin olive oil, garlic powder, and salt and pepper.

Find the full printable recipe with specific measurements below.

How to Roast Asparagus Appetizer with Parmesan

Step 1:  Preheat the oven.

Don’t forget to preheat your oven to 425F right about now! It’s the best way to get
crispy asparagus spears.

Step 2: Prep the asparagus

First off, you must prepare your fresh asparagus. You do this by washing the
asparagus and drying them with paper towels. Then trim the stems of the asparagus or
snap them off.

Trimmed asparagus

Step 3: Coat the asparagus 

Spread out the asparagus on a baking sheet in a single layer and toss with 2
Tablespoons of olive oil until every asparagus is coated in oil.

Step 4: Sprinkle the garlic powder 

Then sprinkle with 1 teaspoon garlic powder, a pinch of salt and pepper, and 1 Tablespoon parmesan cheese on top of the asparagus.

oven roasted asparagus with olive oil and parmesan cheese grated with salt and pepper and garlic powder.

Step 5: Add the cheese

Sprinkle with grated parmesan and bake for 10 minutes, uncovered.

Step 6: More cheese

Grate 1 Tablespoon of parmesan cheese onto the baked asparagus and serve them
on a beautiful serving platter as a finger food, appetizer or side dish. The cheese is a great
addition to the taste of this recipe and might be the best part.

Oven roasted asparagus on a grey baking sheet with grated parmesan cheese and garlic powder.

Expert Tips

  • Don’t over roast asparagus, 10 minutes is tops. Otherwise the asparagus will start getting mushy.
  • Garnish with fresh chopped cilantro or parsley.
  • If you don’t have garlic powder on hand, use you fresh minced garlic clove.
  • Grate your own parmesan by buying a small block in the gourmet cheese department.
  • When making this roasted asparagus appetizer.
  • You can keep your asparagus fresh in the refrigerator by placing it in an airtight
  • container.
  • you should be extra careful since it’s extra addictive. You might want to make more since it’ll disappear quickly!

That’s all the steps you need to take to make your delicious roasted asparagus
appetizer. It’s an easy side dish to make and a great addition to your dietary fiber as
well.

Variations

  • No asparagus on head? Same recipe can be used for Brussel sprouts or broccoli.

Recipe FAQs

How long to bake asparagus at 425F

Ideally for thin asparagus, you’d want to bake them for a maximum of 10 minutes. The
425F allows the asparagus to come out crispy and not burnt. For thicker asparagus at
this temperature, you can bake them for 15-20 minutes.

How to cook asparagus

There are different ways to cook asparagus. Most of them are basic recipes.
You could stir-fry them in a wok with butter or olive oil. Another option is to steam them
or boil them on your stove or in your microwave for 3-5 minutes.
If you have an air fryer you can also make asparagus in the air fryer basket.
You can also season the asparagus with sea salt and grill it. My favorite method is to
roast them as it removes the bitterness and makes them more delicious. Nothing beats
the taste of crisp asparagus.

How do you cut asparagus for roasting

There are two ways to cut your asparagus for roasting- snipping and cutting. You can
combine them to make the task easier.
You start by taking one asparagus and bending it until it’s about to break. Then you
break or snap it where the tender part ends and the tough part begins.
The tender part is usually green and the tough part is white. That one asparagus is the
standard you’ll use for the rest of the asparagus.
You can then place the bunch of asparagus on a chopping board, all facing the same
direction, and using the first one as an example, cut off the rest of the asparagus at the
same place using a chef’s knife.
And that’s it, your asparagus spears are ready to use for roasting.

How do you tell if roasted asparagus is done?

The asparagus must be firm and fork-tender not mushy and overcooked to show that it’s
done. Crispy parmesan roasted asparagus in the oven is my absolute favorite.

Roasted asparagus with parmesan cheese melted and garlic powder salt and pepper.

More Ways to Use Asparagus

Asparagus can be enjoyed on its own or as part of other ingredients to make a meal.
Soup lovers will enjoy this vegetarian asparagus soup. During spring your family will
appreciate this asparagus salad as well.

More Oven Roasted Vegetable Recipes

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roasted asparagus with melted parmesan on a baking sheet

Easy Roasted Asparagus Appetizer with Parmesan

Under 30 minutes you can have an appetizer or side to complimant protein of choice.
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Course: Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish, Starters and Sides
Cuisine: American
Allergy: Gluten Free, Nut Free, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings5
Calories: 47kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch asparagus, washed
  • 1-2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp garlic powder,
  • 1 Tbsp parmesan cheese, grated
  • pinch salt
  • pinch black pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425F.
  • Wash the asparagus and dry it with a paper towel.
    1 bunch asparagus,
  • Trim asparagus ends by holding the end of the asparagus and snapping it wherever it snaps.
    stalks of fresh raw green asparagus on a wooden board.
  • Lay out asparagus on a baking sheet, drizzle it with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and rub them until every asparagus is well coated in oil. Then sprinkle with garlic powder, salt and pepper, and parmesan cheese on top of the asparagus.
    1-2 Tbsp olive oil, 1 tsp garlic powder,, pinch salt, pinch black pepper, 1 Tbsp parmesan cheese,
    raw green asparagus stalks on a baking sheet drizzled with olive oil salt pepper and parmesan cheese ready to bake with a empty olive oil measuring cup on the side.
  • Bake asparagus at 425 degrees F for 10 minutes until tender.
    stalks of green asparagus with parmesan on top on a gray oven baking sheet ready to be roasted.
  • In ten minutes, take it out of the oven, transfer the prepared asparagus to a serving plate, grate another tablespoon of fresh parmesan and serve.
    roasted stalks of asparagus with melted parmesan on top on a grey baking sheet.

Notes

  • Do not exceed ten minutes unless your asparagus is really thick, in that case you can add couple more minutes. You don’t want your asparagus mushy; it should be soft but still a little crunchy.
  • Garnish with chopped fresh dill or parsley.
  • Best to grate the parmesan cheese yourself than to buy pre-grated. 

Nutrition

Calories: 47kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 483mg | Potassium: 183mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 688IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 2mg
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