Parmesan Oven-Baked Asparagus

By Rena |

Make this cheesy Parmesan Oven-Baked Asparagus recipe all year round. An easy side dish recipe that’s perfect for any dinner with family or friends. Simple, delicious, and only needs 30 minutes of your time.

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Looking for an easy asparagus side dish recipe? This parmesan baked asparagus is perfect for you. They aren’t bland and just so easy to put together with only a few pantry staple ingredients. Made with garlic, lemon, thyme, and topped with parmesan cheese. Baked in the oven to perfection, these cheesy asparagus will make a great addition to your dinner table during the holidays and all year round. It takes just about 30 minutes to have these asparagus ready and served.

Why this easy asparagus recipe is so good

  • So easy: This baked asparagus side dish recipe is super easy to make with a handful of ingredients and takes just about 30 minutes.
  • Healthy: Made with healthy and clean ingredients, they are nutritious and healthy. A great addition to your dinner table to get those fiber and nutrients in.
  • Delicious: they are so cheesy and full of flavor. With added parmesan, garlic, and lemons! so good!
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Ingredients you will need

2 bunches (about 28 spears) asparagus

olive oil

garlic cloves

Kosher salt

fresh cracked black pepper

Parmesan cheese

lemon

spears of fresh thyme, or dried

ingredients to make the baked asparagus

How to make these parmesan baked asparagus

First, preheat your oven to 400F and get a nonstick sheep pan or a low-rimmed baking dish. 

Then, add in the asparagus and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and add the minced garlic. 

Use your clean hands to toss the asparagus and get it evenly coated with the seasonings.

Next, bake for 10 minutes, then remove from the oven.

Immediately sprinkle with parmesan cheese and broil until cheese is golden and starts to crisp up, about 2-3 min.

Finally, garnish with lemon sliced and fresh thyme leaves.

Tips and substitutes

  • Trim the bottom hard edges of the asparagus.
  • Do not overcook the asparagus 
  • Use any oil of choice 
  • Fresh garlic cloves preferred, but if you don’t have those handy you may use garlic powder 
  • Thyme: use fresh or dried 
  • Parmesan cheese is preferred. Grate your own if you can.
  • Fresh lemon juice is preferred, if needed use bottled lemon juice. 
  • Store leftovers in the fridge in a container for up to 4 days
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faq’s

How to keep asparagus fresh longer?

Treat asparagus as you would flowers. Trim their edges and place them in a cup filled with about an inch of water. Cover it with plastic bag or ziplock bag and store in the fridge.

How long will asparagus last in the refrigerator?

Properly store leftover asparagus in a tightly sealed container and store in the fridge for 3-5 days.

How do you not overcook asparagus?

Two ways to prevent asparagus from overcooking. If the asparagus is seasoned, it is best to remove them from heat 1-2 minutes before you think they are done. The asparagus will continue to cook slightly. If you are only steaming the asparagus, you can blanch them in an ice bath to prevent them from over cooking.

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Parmesan Oven-Baked Asparagus

Asparagus prepared with lemons, garlic, and oil. Topped iwth parmesan cheese and then baked to perfection.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 215kcal
Author: Rena

Ingredients

  • 2 bunches about 28 spears asparagus woody ends removed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2-3 garlic cloves minced
  • 3/4 tsp Kosher salt or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp fresh cracked black pepper or to taste
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese shredded
  • 1 lemon sliced to garnish
  • 2-3 spears of thyme

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 400F and get a nonstick sheet pan or a low-rimmed baking dish.
  • Add in the asparagus and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and add the minced garlic.
  • Use your clean hands to toss the asparagus and get it evenly coated with the seasonings.
  • Bake for 10 minutes, then remove from the oven.
  • Immediately sprinkle with parmesan cheese and broil until cheese is golden and starts to crisp up about 2-3 min.
  • Garnish with lemon sliced and fresh thyme leaves.

Notes

  • Trim the bottom hard edges of the asparagus.
  • Do not overcook the asparagus 
  • Use any oil of choice 
  • Fresh garlic cloves preferred, but if you don’t have those handy you may use garlic powder 
  • Thyme: use fresh or dried 
  • Parmesan cheese is preferred. Grate your own if you like.
  • Fresh lemon juice is preferred, if needed use bottled lemon juice. 

Nutrition

Calories: 215kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 842mg | Potassium: 515mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1896IU | Vitamin C: 27mg | Calcium: 360mg | Iron: 5mg
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