Garlic Parmesan Asparagus displays the beauty of simplicity in cooking. Earthy asparagus, aromatic garlic, and the savory touch of Parmesan cheese come together to create a vegetable side that truly stands out.
Perfectly roasted with a delectable golden crust, this asparagus dish not only captures the essence of its main ingredients but becomes an outstanding component of any meal. Whether you're pairing it with grilled steak, baked fish, or a pasta dish for a family dinner or festive holiday spread, it adds an elegant flair to your table.
Ingredients for Garlic Parmesan Asparagus
- Asparagus: Look for firm stalks with tightly closed buds. They should be vibrant green, and the stalks should snap easily when bent. Avoid any with wrinkled skins or those that appear dry.
- Olive Oil: Choose an extra-virgin olive oil for the best flavor. It should have a golden-green color and a fresh, fruity aroma.
- Garlic: Look for bulbs that are firm to the touch with tightly closed cloves. Avoid those with visible green shoots as they can be bitter.
- Parmesan Cheese: Choose a hard block of Parmesan cheese with a rich, aged aroma and grate it yourself for the freshest taste. Pre-grated versions may contain fillers or anti-caking agents.
- Kosher Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper
- Even Coating: Do your best to coat the asparagus uniformly with olive oil and garlic to achieve a consistent flavor and texture throughout.
- Check Doneness: Depending on the thickness of your asparagus, roasting time can vary. Check a few minutes early to avoid overcooking.
- Serve ASAP: While this dish holds its flavor well, it's best when served hot out of the oven to enjoy its crispy Parmesan crust.
- Swap olive oil for melted butter for a richer flavor.
- Use minced shallots in place of garlic for a milder aromatic touch.
- Try Pecorino Romano or Asiago cheese instead of Parmesan for a different cheesy profile.
- Add a sprinkle of crushed red pepper flakes before baking for a spicy kick.
- Mix in halved cherry tomatoes before roasting for added color and a touch of sweetness.
- Finish with a drizzle of balsamic reduction after baking for added flavor depth.
How to Store and Reheat
Store any leftover asparagus in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat just until warmed through by spreading in a single layer on a baking sheet and heating in an oven preheated to 400°F.
More Must-Try Asparagus Recipes
- Asparagus Frittata
- Asparagus Quiche
- Grilled Bacon Wrapped Asparagus
- Bacon Wrapped Asparagus
- Pickled Asparagus
How to Make Garlic Parmesan Asparagus
Line a baking sheet with parchment. Arrange asparagus evenly, drizzle with oil, and add garlic, salt, and pepper; mix. Spread out, top with parmesan, and bake at 400˚F for 10-15 minutes. Move to a platter, add more cheese if you like, and serve.
Garlic Parmesan Asparagus
- 2 pounds asparagus washed; woody ends trimmed
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese plus more for serving (optional)
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Place asparagus in a crowded, but even layer in the center of prepared baking sheet; drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle on garlic. Season with salt and pepper and toss well to coat. Spread into an single layer and sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Bake 10-15 minutes, depending on spear thickness and desired tenderness. Transfer to serving platter and sprinkle with more parmesan cheese if desired; serve.