Baked Lemon Asparagus

December 15, 2020

This exquisitely simple lemon asparagus is baked tender with crispy tips and a bright citrus flavor! It contains only 5 ingredients, it’s gluten free, can easily be made vegan and takes just 20 minutes to make. A lovely side dish for a simple evening meal or elegant dinner party!

A stack of lemon asparagus on a plate, garnish with lemons.

I served this lemon asparagus at my small Thanksgiving dinner this year. Since it was a tiny party, just 4 of us, I really wanted every single part of it to shine. I also didn’t want a lot of hassle in the kitchen so I could spend some time with everybody.

I prepped the lemon asparagus beforehand, and simply popped it in the oven on the top rack with mushroom and Anjou pear stuffing and a creamy baked pumpkin risotto on the bottom rack. The asparagus pan nicely blocked the hottest heat, cooking it perfectly, and simply reheating the other side dishes! Everything came out just right in 12 minutes!

5 asparagus stalks on a plate with a fork, sprinkled with lemon pepper and garnished with a lemon slice.

Here’s the Process:

  1. We’ll slice the asparagus and lemons
  2. We’ll make a nice lemon pepper spice blend
  3. We’ll get the asparagus all buttery
  4. We’ll bake it and serve!

A Few Tips!

1. Seriously, use butter instead of olive oil.

Butter in this recipe makes all the difference so don’t substitute olive oil if you don’t have to.

2. If you don’t have dry, garlic flakes:

You can mince 1 garlic clove and sauté it in a pan in 1 tsp. of olive oil for about 1-2 minutes until brown. Simply combine with lemon pepper when ready.

3. To prepare ahead of time, so all you have to do is bake when ready:

Slice the asparagus and lemons, mix your spice blend and get the asparagus nice and buttery. Then, place asparagus and lemons in a container with a lid and refrigerate until ready to bake. That way, you just have to remove, place them on a pan, sprinkle with lemon pepper and garlic, bake and serve.

A Few Common Questions:

1. Can lemon asparagus be made ahead and reheated?

Yes, but it will always be best right out of the oven. It will get a little wilted, overdone and wiggly when re-heated, but it will still taste delicious. To reheat, place asparagus on a foil-lined pan and bake at 350 F. (175 C.) for 7-10 minutes.

2. What can lemon asparagus be served with?

I have a few tasty suggestions. This asparagus pairs perfectly with Cornish game hen, steak, salmon, roasted duck, and seared scallops!

3. What do I need to make this recipe?

  • Sharp knife and cutting board
  • Foil-lined baking sheet
  • Bowl, dish or pan to coat asparagus with butter

How to Make Lemon Asparagus – Step by Step

A collage of 4 numbered images showing how to prepare lemon asparagus.

1. Preheat oven to 425 F. (220 C.) Slice the stiff ends off of 1 bunch of asparagus.

2. Slice 1 lemon into 6 slices.

3. Mix together ½ tsp. dry garlic flakes and ½ tsp. lemon pepper.

4. Melt 2 tbsp. salted butter and drizzle over asparagus. Either use your hands or a mixing spoon to make sure every stalk of asparagus is completely coated. Gently massage into the tips.

2 numbered images: On the left, asparagus on a pan. On the right: asparagus on a pan with lemon slices.

5. Lay asparagus down onto a foil-lined baking sheet and sprinkle with half of the lemon pepper-garlic spice blend. (If you’ve sautéed your own garlic, wait until asparagus is done to sprinkle, so the garlic doesn’t burn).

6. Place 6 lemon slices right on top of the asparagus and bake for 10-12 minutes. You’ll know it’s done when you see the tips are perfectly crispy.

Crispy asparagus tips on a plate, garnished with lemons.

I hope you love this lemon asparagus as much as I do!

Now, help yourself to more tasty side dishes!

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A stack of lemon asparagus on a plate, garnish with lemons.
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Baked Lemon Asparagus

This exquisitely simple lemon asparagus is baked tender with crispy tips and a bright citrus flavor!
Prep Time8 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: International
Keyword: asparagus recipe, lemon asparagus
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 87kcal

Equipment

  • Sharp knife and cutting board
  • Foil-lined baking sheet
  • Bowl, dish or pan to coat asparagus with butter

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch asparagus - 12-15 stalks
  • 1 lemon - large
  • ½ tsp. dry, garlic flakes - or sautéed, minced garlic of 1 clove
  • ½ tsp. lemon pepper
  • 2 tbsp. salted butter

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425 F. (220 C.) Slice the stiff ends off of 1 bunch of asparagus. Slice 1 lemon into 6 slices. Mix together ½ tsp. dry minced garlic and ½ tsp. lemon pepper.
  • Melt 2 tbsp. salted butter and drizzle over asparagus. Either use your hands or a mixing spoon to make sure every stalk of asparagus is completely coated. Gently massage into the tips. 
  • Lay asparagus down onto a foil-lined baking sheet and sprinkle with half of the lemon pepper-garlic spice blend. Place 6 lemon slices right on top of the asparagus and bake for 10-12 minutes. You’ll know it’s done when you see the tips are perfectly crispy.

Notes

To reheat:
Place asparagus on a foil-lined pan and bake at 350 F. (175 C.) for 7-10 minutes.
To prepare ahead of time so all you have to do is bake when ready:
Chop the asparagus and lemons, mix your spice blend and get the asparagus nice and buttery. Then, place asparagus and lemons in a container with a lid and refrigerate until ready to bake. That way, you just have to remove, place them on a pan, sprinkle with lemon pepper and garlic, bake and serve.
If you don’t have dry garlic flakes:
You can mince 2 garlic cloves and sauté them in a pan in 1 tsp. of olive oil for about 1-2 minutes until brown. Simply combine with lemon pepper when ready.
Nutrition information is an estimate.

Nutrition

Serving: 4asparagus | Calories: 87kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 56mg | Potassium: 265mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1035IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 3mg

 

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1 Comment

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    Long
    December 16, 2020 at 5:01 am

    5 stars
    I followed the recipe exactly and it was so yummy! Everyone loved this. We will definitely be making this again soon!

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