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Perfect Asparagus Recipe

For many years, I struggled to find the perfect asparagus. Crunchy yet cooked stalks that were not covered in butter, yet still immensely flavorful. After unsuccessfully steaming, poaching and pan-frying, I turned to the oven for a solution.

While this recipe is simple and quick (making it the last thing you should prepare before serving a meal), it is the means of making a perfect side dish, and should be part of a chef’s repertoire.

Perfect Asparagus Recipe

Course Sides
Cuisine Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings Prep Time
Cook Time


1 bunch asparagus washed
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp minced garlic
1 shallot thinly sliced
1 pinch salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 lemon quartered


1. Preheat the oven to 475 degrees Fahrenheit. Break off the bottoms of the asparagus. Toss with the
olive oil, garlic, shallot, salt and ground black pepper.
2. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place the asparagus one spear deep.
3. Insert the sheet into the oven and bake for 6 to 9 minutes, until it has reached the desired
tenderness – leave it in longer if wanting it softer. Serve with a squeeze of lemon.
Recipe Notes
Calories: 98
Fat: 7g
Carbohydrates: 8g
Protein: 3g
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