How to Make the Perfect Roasted Asparagus at Home

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Asparagus is a delightful and versatile vegetable that can be a star in various dishes or simply enjoyed on its own. To truly savor its flavor and achieve the perfect texture, knowing how to cook asparagus correctly is essential. Here’s a quick guide to making the perfect roasted asparagus at home. 

Choosing Fresh Asparagus

Start with the freshest asparagus you can find. Look for spears that are bright green with firm, tight tips. 

Preparing the Asparagus

Rinse the asparagus under cold water and trim the tough ends. You can do this by holding a spear at the bottom and snapping off the woody portion where it naturally breaks.

Roasting Asparagus

Roasting asparagus imparts a lovely depth of flavor and a slight caramelization. Preheat your oven to 425°F. Place the trimmed asparagus on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil, then season with salt and pepper (and any seasonings you like). Toss the asparagus to coat evenly. Arrange the spears in a single layer on the baking sheet. Roast for 12-15 minutes, or until the asparagus is tender but still crisp.

Final Touches

When your asparagus is cooked to perfection, consider adding a squeeze of fresh lemon juice or a sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese for an extra layer of flavor.