A nice Roasted Garlic Parmesan Asparagus recipe is just what you want to serve at an elegant meal. Not only do the flavors of fresh asparagus, lemon juice, garlic, and Parmesan create delicious balance, they pair well with any number of proteins. A nice grilled chicken or steak is perfect, but this can even be served with sauteed shrimp or a simple beef roast.
The possibilities for how and when to serve a roasted asparagus dish are endless! Keep asparagus on hand when it is in season to add to any number of meals on your menu.
Roasted Garlic Parmesan Asparagus Spears
Growing up I didn't like asparagus at all. The only asparagus I was ever offered was out of a can from the canned goods section and had zero flavors. As an adult, I discovered just how wonderful and healthy fresh asparagus can be when prepared correctly. Fresh ripe asparagus can be trimmed and roasted, grilled, or even sauteed to bring out the natural nutty flavor. A few simple herbs, or in this case a squeeze of lemon, make flavors pop and create a new side dish favorite you will keep on rotation!
For What Entrees is Parmesan Asparagus a Good Side Dish?
As such a versatile vegetable, you may be surprised to know that asparagus works great at breakfast, lunch, and dinner.This roasted garlic asparagus pairs well with the Crockpot Meatballs, Easy Chicken Parmesan, Salmon Wellington, Crispy Garlic Parmesan Salmon, and even alongside some Crispy Buffalo Wings.
Tips for Trimming Asparagus
Trimming asparagus will make sure you get the best part of each spear. You don't want to eat the very ends where the root of the plant once was. They can be very tough and lacking in flavor. Instead, you want to hold the asparagus spear between your thumb and forefinger and bend until it naturally snaps. This is typically in the lower ⅓ of the spear.
If you aren't sure where that is or are still a bit dubious, you can watch this fun video on How to Trim Asparagus. It will show you in a more visual way how to trim the asparagus while leaving the best part of the vegetable intact.
Can You Buy Asparagus in Season and Freeze for Future Use?
Yes! While I mentioned that I do not care for canned asparagus, frozen asparagus can work in a pinch. It is best if you rinse the asparagus well, trim the ends as directed above, then allow the asparagus to dry completely. Next, you will want to lay a single file on a lined baking mat and freeze for one hour. Once they are mostly frozen, take them out of the freezer and place into freezer storage containers. This keeps the individual spears separate and helps prevent freezer burn that can alter the taste.
Just thaw in the refrigerator overnight, or even toss onto a baking sheet frozen and allow for a few extra minutes cook time.
How to Reheat Roasted Asparagus
If you make a large batch of this parmesan asparagus and find you have leftovers, don't fret! Leftover asparagus is easy to reheat. Typically, you think of reheating food in the microwave. While it is possible with this dish, the texture will not be as good.
Instead of microwave oven heating, use your toaster oven or pop the asparagus under the oven broiler. You only need 2-3 minutes at most to heat the asparagus through, and this will maintain the soft inside but crunchy exterior you prefer.
How to use Leftover Asparagus
If you happen to have leftovers of this parmesan asparagus, I recommend dicing and mixing in with eggs and cheese for a tasty omelet the next day! Other options that are excellent for leftover asparagus are listed below for your convenience.
- Dice and mix into a garden salad for extra crunch
- Mix into a quiche or frittata
- Roll in breadcrumbs and fry just until crunchy on the outside for a vegetable "fry"
- Chop and mix into a roasted vegetable soup recipe
- Mix into cooked rice along with herbs and soy sauce for a vegetable "fried" rice
Ingredients for Parmesan Asparagus
- Olive Oil
- Garlic Powder
- Lemon Juice
- Parmesan Cheese
- Salt and Pepper
Season with salt and pepper to taste. I typically sprinkle just a small amount into the marinade, then taste after done cooking to add as needed.
How to Make Broiled Asparagus with Parmesan and Garlic
Preheat your oven and prepare your baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper. Next, you will mix together the olive oil, garlic powder, lemon juice, parmesan, and a dash of salt and pepper together. Place your cleaned and trimmed asparagus into the bowl with the marinade. Coat the asparagus well before placing on the baking sheet and cooking as directed.
Tip: You can add fresh shaved Parmesan to the asparagus spears as they come out of the oven for a bit more flavor.
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Serving Size: 5 oz
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 207Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 66mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 2g