Broiled Asparagus (Fastest Oven Method!)

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Broiled asparagus is the fastest way to roast asparagus in the oven! Oven broiled asparagus takes 8 minutes to roast, yielding tender, lightly crispy spears.

Aside from grilling, broiling asparagus is my favorite way to cook asparagus! Broiled asparagus is so easy and fast, the perfect side dish for dinner like with Sausage Lasagna, or even brunch, with French Omelettes!

Ingredients

  • Asparagus – fresh asparagus can be found at the grocery store year-round, but is most fresh in the springtime!
  • Extra virgin olive oil – asparagus is tossed with olive oil so it doesn’t dry out in the oven!
  • Salt – salt to season!

10 Variations, Seasoning & Flavors

Looking for an extra flavor boost? Choose one or two of the asparagus flavor boosts below, mixing and matching your favorite seasonings!

  1. Lemon – squeeze a half or whole lemon on top of asparagus, drizzling with olive oil and sprinkling with salt before broiling.
  2. Parmesan – sprinkle with finely grated parmesan cheese when your asparagus has about 3 minutes left in the oven!
  3. Pecorino – top broiled asparagus with pecorino romano shavings, right out of the oven!
  4. Breadcrumbs – sprinkle with panko or regular breadcrumbs halfway through broiling. You can infuse your breadcrumbs with fresh garlic, garlic or onion powder, or other seasonings in your pantry!
  5. Balsamic – drizzle your asparagus with balsamic vinegar right out of the oven.
  6. Garlic – toss your asparagus with 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil and broil. Halfway through broiling, drizzle your asparagus with 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil mixed with a large minced garlic clove.
  7. Butter – broil your asparagus tossed with 3 tablespoons melted butter instead of olive oil. Or broil your asparagus tossed with olive oil, and finish it with a big pad of butter right of the oven.
  8. Toasted pine nuts – toast pine nuts in the oven at 350 degrees for 5-7 minutes. Sprinkle the pine nuts on broiled asparagus right out of the oven.
  9. Crispy pancetta – sauté diced pancetta in a dry skillet until crispy. Sprinkle crispy pancetta over broiled asparagus right out of the oven.
  10. Roasted shallot rings – cut 3 shallots into thin rings. Toss them with a tablespoon olive oil and place them on top of the asparagus. Let them both broil together, according to instructions below!

How to Keep Asparagus Fresh

Fresh asparagus lasts for 3-5 days. If you’re planning to use asparagus within 2 days, simply keep asparagus in the fridge in its grocery store bag.

If you need your asparagus to last longer, cut about ¼ inch off the bottom of your asparagus and place the stems in a few inches of water in a vase or mason jar. Store in the fridge like fresh cut flowers!

How to Trim Asparagus

Remove about ¼ inch off the bottom of your asparagus. Use a vegetable peeler to peel 3-4 inches of the asparagus stems, removing the thin, dark green top layer of the stems. This part is tough when cooked!

Watch the video below for step-by-step instructions!

YouTube video

How to Broil Asparagus

After peeling and trimming the stems, toss your asparagus in olive oil and salt. Place on a baking sheet in a single layer, and broil on a middle rack of the oven for 7-9 minutes.

How to Store & Reheat Broiled Asparagus

Store in a covered container for up to a week, reheating in 30 second increments in the microwave, or in a wrapped foil package in the oven at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes.

Tips & Tricks

  • Place asparagus in a single layer on a baking sheet for even roasting!
  • No need to toss asparagus halfway through!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is broiling?

Broiling is like upside down grilling, where food is cooked from a direct heat-source above your food.

What temperature is broil?

Your oven’s high broiler is very hot, between 500-550 degrees Fahrenheit!
 

What to Serve With Asparagus

Broiled asparagus is such a versatile vegetable side dish, that you can serve virtually anything with it! Some of my favorite mains to serve with asparagus are:

  1. Baked Cod With Lemon-Parsley Panko
  2. Chicken Penne Alla Vodka
  3. Lemon, Garlic & Herb Roasted Salmon
  4. Fluffy French Omelettes
  5. Classic Chicken Parmesan or Grilled Chicken Parmesan

Other Ways to Cook Asparagus

  1. Steaming
  2. Sautéing
  3. Slow-Roasting (like in this beet salad!)
  4. Blanching (like in this frisée salad!)
  5. Grilling

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Broiled Asparagus

Broiled asparagus is the fastest way to roast asparagus in the oven! Oven broiled asparagus takes 8 minutes to roast, yielding tender, lightly crispy spears.
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Keyword: any season, asparagus, broil, spring
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 138kcal
Author: TastefullyGrace

Ingredients

  • 2 bunches fresh asparagus
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  • Remove about ¼ inch off the bottom of your asparagus.
  • Use a vegetable peeler to peel 3-4 inches of the asparagus stems, removing the thin, dark green top layer of the stems. This part is tough when cooked!
  • Toss asparagus in olive oil and salt to taste. Place asparagus in a single layer on a large baking sheet.
  • Move oven rack to the middle of your oven, about 8-9 inches from the broiler. Broil your asparagus on a high-broil for 7-9 minutes until they’re bright green, and the tips are lightly crispy.
  • Serve hot or at room temperature!

Video

YouTube video

Notes

  • See “10 Variations, Seasonings & Flavors” section to jazz up asparagus!
  • Place asparagus in a single layer on a baking sheet for even roasting!
  • No need to toss asparagus halfway through!

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 138kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 455mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1701IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 5mg
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