Friday, May 6, 2011

Lemon-garlic Asparagus

It is no secret that roasted asparagus is a staple in my house.  It makes the grocery list almost every week.  We love it still crisp and vibrant green.

A patient of mine passed on this variation of our favorite.  It combines some classic flavors and did not disappoint.  The brightness from the fresh lemon juice really wakes up this simple side dish.  I love that the ingredient list is mostly made of things that I have on hand all the time.  

Lemon-Garlic Asparagus

1 bunch of asparagus, trimmed
olive oil
salt and pepper
zest of one lemon
1 tsp of red pepper flakes
2 garlic cloves, minced
Juice of one lemon

Preheat the oven to 425degrees.  Spread the asparagus out on a sheet pan.  Coat in 1 TBS of olive oil and a sprinkling of salt and pepper, about 1/4 tsp each.  Cook the asparagus for 10-12 minutes.
In a small saute pan, heat another 3 TBS olive oil over medium low high.  Add in the garlic, red pepper flakes, lemon zest, and a few grinds of black pepper.  Once the garlic starts to soften, remove from the heat.
Pour the olive oil and garlic mixture over the asparagus.  Squeeze the lemon over the asparagus just before serving.  Enjoy!


  1. I just love Asparagus! And am also trying to eat better. I am definitely going to try this!

  2. i could never get sick of asparagus, i love it so much. this looks fantastic, great idea with the lemon zest.

  3. Oh look at that garlic! Delicious! Roasted veggies are my absolute favorite.

  4. Ooh this sounds so yummy! We eat lots of asparagus, may have to try this out! Thanx for the link to our site:)

  5. This side dish will definitely have a presence of its own. The always-awesome infusion of olive oil and garlic will make the asparagus even more irresistible to the taste. This is indeed a superb dish, all with the lemon overwhelming the whole dish.


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