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Garlic Roasted Aspargus

adding garlic to the asparagus

This Garlic Roasted Asparagus is a delicious and simple side dish that goes with pretty much any main dish. Veggie burgers and Garlic Roasted Asparagus? Great! Vegan Meatloaf with Garlic Roasted Asparagus? Sure! Baked Mac and Cheese with …ok, you get it! This dish is super versatile and very easy to make. It’s fresh asparagus lightly tossed in olive oil and minced garlic, sprinkled with salt and pepper, and roasted to perfection. Then it’s topped with zingy lemon zest and an optional touch of red pepper flakes for some kick!

roasting the asparagus
adding garlic to the asparagus
completed roasted garlic asparagus recipe

adding garlic to the asparagus

Garlic Roasted Asparagus

Nicole Vranjican
Fresh asparagus tossed with olive oil, minced garlic, salt, and pepper. Roasted to perfection and topped with bright lemon zest and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4 hearty servings


  • 2 bunches fresh asparagus
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste, details below


  • 2 tsp lemon zest
  • 2-3 pinches red pepper flakes



  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
    Wash and dry the asparagus, then hold both ends of the stalk and bend until the bottom part snaps off. Disgard the bottom part and set the stalks aside.
    Mince the garlic and set that aside too.

Toss + Bake

  • Place the asparagus on a large cookie sheet lined with a baking mat or parchment if desired. Top with olive oil, minced garlic, and a sprinkle of salt and fresh black pepper. I do about 3-4 good pinches of salt and about 6 grinds of pepper, but season as desired.
    Toss to coat evenly then spread into an even layer and bake for 20-25 minutes.

Dress it up!

  • When the asparagus is ready it will be tender and lightly golden around the top and bottom of each stalk. At this point you can add the lemon zest and red pepper flakes, and use tongs to carefully toss one more time before serving. Careful tossing the asparagus because will be tender.
    Serve immediately and enjoy!
Keyword asparagus, healthy side dishes, spring side dishes, summer side dishes, Vegan Side Dishes

Nicole Vranjican

Hey! I’m Nicole and I make practical vegan recipes for REAL life. I cook with simple, easy to find ingredients and I’m passionate about creating delicious plant-based meals that everyone will love!

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