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How to Bake Asparagus in the Oven

How to Bake Asparagus in the Oven

Last Updated on 2nd February 2022 by Pauline

Even if you’re not a fan of asparagus, once it’s been cooked in the oven, it comes out so tender and nicely roasted that I think just about anybody can appreciate it.

When you bake asparagus, it creates a different texture for this vegetable than what you would get from steaming. It’s tender and crispy, making for a sensational dish that’s going to pleasantly surprise people who have never tried it before.

How to Bake Asparagus

It’s really simple to make asparagus in the oven, and I’ll share my favorite recipe for cooking asparagus this way.

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch of asparagus spears
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper

Directions:

  1. Start by preheating your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. As the oven is heating, you can prepare the asparagus by trimming off the ends and then placing it into a mixing bowl. Drizzle some olive oil over it (and other oils work fine as well), and toss the spears to coat them well.
  3. Next, sprinkle on your parmesan cheese, pepper, and salt.
  4. Place your asparagus on two of baking sheet, making sure that none of them are overlapping one another.
  5. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, ensuring that the asparagus bakes until it has become tender.

How Long to Bake Asparagus?

The method I’ve given you above for cooking asparagus spears calls for your oven to be heated to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. You’ll have to change the cooking time if you change the temperature.

Also, thicker asparagus spears will need to cook for longer, whereas thin ones may need to cook for less than 12 minutes.

How long to bake asparagus at 400 degrees Fahrenheit? Extend your cooking time to 14 to 17 minutes a this temperature.

How long to bake asparagus at 375? If you lower the temperature a little more, it can take from 15 to 18 minutes.

How long to bake asparagus at 350? At this temperature, expect your asparagus spears to cook in 16 to 19 minutes.

Keep in mind that you want the asparagus spears to just become tender. You don’t want to overcook them, or they will become too soft and may burn and blacken on the outside.

What temperature to bake asparagus will depend on how long you’re looking to bake it for. You can choose any of the temperatures above, but you need to be aware that the cooking time will change. It really won’t matter which one of them you pick, as the end result should be the same.

How long does it take to bake asparagus? There is usually no need to cook asparagus for as much as 20 minutes. You should check it around the 12 to 15-minute mark to see if it’s done cooking.

Give it a poke with a fork to see if the fork goes in easily. If there’s a lot of resistance, it needs to cook for longer.

How Long to Bake Bacon Wrapped Asparagus?

One of the best ways to spruce up your asparagus and turn it into something a little bit special and different is to wrap it with bacon. The combination of meat and veggies is a wonderful one, and it takes an ordinary dish and gives it a different look, different texture, and a beautifully salty taste.

You have to go through the same preparation process for your asparagus as I outlined up above, perhaps changing some of the seasoning ingredients, though. Make sure you trim off the edges and then after you season your asparagus, you can wrap them in bacon.

This is going to extend the cooking time a little bit, so expect them to take anywhere from 22 to 28 minutes to cook. The range of time there depends on how thick your asparagus is and how tightly wrapped with bacon.

If you wrapped the bacon loosely, there’s some space between the two foods. That makes it easier for the heat to reach the asparagus inside the bacon and cook it thoroughly. So, loosely wrapped bacon asparagus will not take as long to cook as if it’s tightly wrapped.

You can also prepare this a few different ways, like in the microwave, on the stovetop, or on the grill, depending on what’s available to you and how you want the asparagus and bacon to turn out.

What to Make with Baked Asparagus?

This works as a great side dish, perfectly complementing some garlic bread, mashed potatoes, fried chicken, or fish filets. Baked asparagus is typically served as a dinner dish, and it can even pair with soup or casserole.

You can use it as the main vegetable for your meal, and baking it helps it retain a lot of its nutritional value.

That’s actually one of the best ways to cook asparagus so that you still have a lot of the great vitamins and minerals in this vegetable. Steaming it is healthy too, since there’s no oil involved, but you lose some of the nutritional value.

You can fry it as well, but you’ll make it a fattier, higher cholesterol dish that loses some of its nutritional benefits.

Now that you how to bake asparagus in the oven, there’s no reason not to give it a try. You can make this dish pretty quickly, and it doesn’t require a lot of planning ahead of time or a bunch of ingredients.

You can season it a few different ways, going off a different recipe than the one I gave you, if you prefer. As you cook this dish and try it for yourself, you may find that you prefer to cook it a little more or a little less than what I’ve instructed in the recipe above.

I think you’ll find that its crunchy exterior and tender interior make it an interesting dish that adds a lot of great texture to your meal.

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