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A stack of lemon asparagus on a plate, garnish with lemons.
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5 from 4 votes

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
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. Sprinkle with the rest of your spice blend and serve.

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