Asparagus, topped with minced garlic and freshly grated parmesan, perfectly roasted in the oven. Only 5 ingredients, and it takes only ~15 minutes to make! OH YES. Yummy, easy, the perfect side for your everyday dinner, or even Easter Sunday/any holiday! It always make me look like I put in a ton of effort, but I really didn’t…ha!
I was never the kid who hated vegetables. We have veggies on the dinner table daily, and we were told we need to eat them because they are part of a balanced diet. No questions asked. No opinions heard. So honestly I don’t know if I have always liked them or I was just trained to eat them, and then eventually came to like (most of) them. Nurture versus nature? Who knows! But let’s not go there. This is after all, a food blog. 🙂
Asparagus is one of those love-it or hate-it vegetables. Kids especially have a hard time with them. But the truth is, it is such a versatile vegetable. There are so many ways to cook it, and many ways to make it taste super delicious.
When cooking asparagus, the worse thing you can do is overcook it. It has a slightly bitter aftertaste, so if you overcook it, the bitter taste will increase (no clue why) and it will turn soggy and slightly sour. The way to go about asparagus is to cook it quickly and compliment it with lots of yummy ingredients. In this case, we are baking it for only 7-10 minutes in the oven, and topping it with lots of shredded parmesan and garlicky goodness.
This recipe is super simple, but it is a must-share because not only is it delicious, hello? ~5 minutes prep time, 7-10 minutes oven time! Nobody should be keeping food secrets like that to themselves!
I typically cut an inch off the stems of the asparagus. This is usually the “toughest” part of the vegetable because it has a lot of fiber (a bit too much for easy chewing).
Next, grate some parmesan cheese. I love fresh parmesan blocks. You can also use shredded fresh parmesan also that is found in the refrigerated section. I would say avoid the non-refrigerated shredded parmesan because the flavor from those is quite different and definitely not as good as the fresh ones.
Mince a few cloves of garlic, and mix with olive oil in a small bowl.
Next, bring asparagus to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper for easy clean up. You can overlap some of the asparagus but try not to overcrowd it. Then using a brush, brush garlic and olive oil onto asparagus. I typically brush on the olive oil first, and then use a spoon to spoon the garlic and spread evenly over the asparagus.
Bake in the oven for 7-10 minutes. Thinner asparagus (like the ones I used) will require shorter bake time than thicker ones. If you are unsure, check for doneness at 7 minutes and then go from there.
Last but definitely not least, I like to sprinkle some salt all over. The parmesan does give it a component of saltiness, but I a bit more salt to bring out the flavors even more.
That’s pretty much it, guys! It goes perfectly with any meat or seafood dish. With Easter coming soon, this is also the perfect side for your Easter brunch. Healthy, delicious and not to mention, so easy to make
Give it a try! And leave a comment below to let me know what you think!
Another asparagus recipe!
Because I do love my asparagus. This one is so good, you guys! One of my all-time favorite way to incorporate asparagus with protein. And guess what? Only 30 minutes from start to finish. YES!!
Easy Garlic Parmesan Asparagus
Asparagus, topped with lots of fragrant garlic and fresh shredded parmesan cheese, perfectly roasted in the oven. Delicious, healthy and so easy to make! The perfect side for your everyday dinner or holiday meal!
- 1/2 lbs asparagus
- 3-5 cloves garlic minced
- 1 1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1/3 cup shredded parmesan cheese packed
- salt to taste
Pre-heat oven at 400 degrees F
Wash and cut ends of the asparagus
Mix garlic and olive oil in a small bowl
Line asparagus on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Can overlap a little but don't overcrowd. Brush olive oil and garlic onto asparagus, then sprinkle parmesan cheese all over.
Bake in the oven for 7-10 minutes, depending on the thickness of asparagus. Check at the 7-minute mark and then add additional time if needed.
Remove from oven and sprinkle with some salt to taste.
Serve and enjoy!