This roasted asparagus combines the rich flavors of coconut oil, balsamic vinegar, and soy sauce to create a delicious side dish in under 25 minutes.
It’s the perfect quick and easy healthy recipe to pair with practically any main dish!
Asparagus is my favorite summer vegetable because it’s super nutritious and easy to prepare for salads, egg bakes, soups, and so on.
Above all, asparagus is excellent roasted in the oven with simple seasonings, and that’s what this oven-roasted asparagus recipe is all about.
With only four ingredients, including fresh asparagus, coconut oil, balsamic vinegar, and soy sauce, you can have a perfect side dish on the table in less than 25 minutes.
The best part?
After prepping and seasoning the asparagus, the roasting process doesn’t need much attention, so you can focus on preparing the main course.
This balsamic and soy sauce asparagus pairs beautifully with grilled chicken, roasted salmon, and more!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Here are four reasons why this easy asparagus recipe is a keeper:
- Versatile side dish. Roasted asparagus with balsamic vinegar is a simple way to prepare a crowd-pleasing healthy side dish that goes with everything.
- Perfect taste and texture. The asparagus is incredibly flavorful and perfectly caramelized, crisp, and tender.
- Very easy to make. This simple recipe is perfect for beginners without much cooking experience.
- Packed with essential nutrients. Asparagus is an excellent source of fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants.
Here is a brief overview of the ingredients you’ll need to make this balsamic asparagus recipe:
- Asparagus – For this oven-roasted asparagus recipe, it’s best to avoid the pencil-thin spears and the extra-thick asparagus and opt for medium-size spears that are firm, straight, and bright green with purplish-green tips.
- Extra Virgine Coconut Oil – Its relatively high smoke point makes it a good choice for roasting vegetables to crisp-tender perfection while imparting a subtle sweetness. Avocado oil or good quality olive oil also works.
- Balsamic Vinegar – It brings a sweet-tangy flavor and a touch of acidity to the dish.
- Low Sodium Soy Sauce – It balances the balsamic with a savory-umami flavor. You can also use gluten-free tamari soy sauce or coconut aminos here.
How to Roast Asparagus in the Oven
Here are the step-by-step instructions on how to make easy roasted asparagus:
- Prep: Preheat the oven to 375℉, and line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
- Trim: Wash the asparagus and pat the spears dry with a paper towel. Hold each spear near the bottom and gently bend until the woody end snaps off, then place the spears on the baking sheet in a single layer.
- Season: Whisk the melted coconut oil, balsamic vinegar, and soy sauce in a small bowl until combined. Pour the mixture over the asparagus and roll the spears until coated.
- Roast: Transfer the baking dish to the oven and roast until the spears are crisp-tender (about 15 to 20 minutes). Serve warm.
Here are a few tips to help you prepare asparagus in the oven:
- To store fresh asparagus for longer, trim ¼“ off the woody ends and wrap the asparagus spears in a moist paper towel or place them in a glass jar filled with 1” of cool water and keep refrigerated in the crisper for up to 3 days.
- It’s okay if the oil-balsamic-soy mixture doesn’t fully emulsify. Just whisk it as best as possible before pouring it over the asparagus.
- Avoid overcrowding the baking sheet. Roasting the asparagus in a single layer encourages even roasting and better browning. Use two baking sheets or roast the asparagus in batches if necessary.
Feel free to experiment with the many ways to season asparagus before roasting it in the oven.
In addition to coconut oil, balsamic vinegar, and soy sauce, try the following:
- Lemon pepper: Coat with olive oil, fresh lemon juice, lemon zest, coarse salt, and cracked black pepper.
- Garlic parmesan: Toss with olive oil, minced garlic, and finely grated Parmesan cheese.
- Spicy: Follow the recipe, adding red pepper flakes or spicy paprika to taste for a kick of spicy heat.
What to Serve with Roasted Asparagus
This balsamic roasted asparagus recipe is my go-to because it pairs well with many of our favorite main dishes.
It goes great with chicken, fish, and vegetarian entrees, including:
- Pan-Fried Rainbow Trout
- Roasted Salmon
- Savory Steel Cut Oats
- Vegetarian Stuffed Tomatoes
- Vegan Mushroom Goulash
- Yogurt-Marinated Chicken Kebabs
- Baked Rainbow Trout
Storing & Reheating
Storing: Let leftover asparagus cool to room temperature. Then, transfer it to an airtight container with a tight lid, and keep it in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days.
Freezing cooked asparagus is not recommended as it may not retain its texture during thawing.
Reheating: Reheat leftover asparagus on a parchment or foil-lined baking sheet at 375°F for 5-8 minutes, depending on the thickness of the spears.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are a few related questions about cooking asparagus:
Should I buy thick or thin asparagus?
Typically, the thickness of asparagus is a matter of personal preference. However, approximately ½” to ¾” thick spears tend to hold up the best when roasted in the oven at 375℉ for 15 minutes.
Should I soak asparagus before roasting?
No. Soaking is better suited for root vegetables covered in dirt and grit.
Since asparagus grows above the ground, it isn’t very dirty, and rinsing under water and patting dry is sufficient.
How long do you roast asparagus at 375℉?
Cooking times may vary depending on the thickness of the asparagus, but in general, you should roast spears with a ½” to ¾” diameter at 375℉ for about 15 minutes or until the spears are tender but still have some snap.
More Roasted Vegetable Recipes
If you love roasted vegetables, check out these healthy recipes:
- Roasted Butternut Squash
- Roasted Root Vegetables
- Roasted Carrots and Onions
- Oven-Roasted Cauliflower
- 1 1/2 - 1 3/4 pound asparagus
- 2 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
- 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
- ½ Tbsp low sodium soy sauce
- Pre-heat the oven to 375F.
- Wash the asparagus and pad it dry with a paper towel. Break of the woody ends. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper. Arrange the asparagus spears in a single layer on the baking sheet.
- In a small bowl, combine the coconut oil, balsamic vinegar and soy sauce. Mix to combine. The oil isn't going to mix well with the liquids but that's fine, just mix it as much as you can. Pour the mixture over the asparagus and roll the asparagus to coat.
- Place the baking sheet in the oven and roast the asparagus for about 15 minutes or until it's cooked through. Serve warm.
Nutrition InformationServing Size 1/4 of recipe
Amount Per Serving Calories 106.7Total Fat 7.2gSaturated Fat 5.7gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1.5gCholesterol 0mgSodium 98.8mgCarbohydrates 8.5gFiber 3.8gSugar 3gProtein 4.7g
Nutrition facts provided on this website are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a qualified health care provider for personalized diet advice and make sure that each of the ingredients is allowed in your diet.