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Fresh asparagus spears are simply seasoned with garlic, topped with shredded Parmesan cheese, and baked until tender and sweet in this easy spring side dish.


Even the pickiest eaters will love this simple and satisfying Parmesan-topped asparagus recipe. Best of all, it comes together quickly with just five easy-to-find ingredients.

Parmesan Asparagus Ingredients

Here's what you'll need to make this deliciously easy side dish: 

This recipe calls for olive oil cooking spray, but you can easily grease your casserole dish with regular ol' olive oil. 

Buy plump, firm asparagus stalks with tightly closed tips. The color should be vibrant and unfaded, while the stalks should be roughly the same size for even cooking. 

Freshly grated Parmesan cheese is best, but pre-shredded will work in a pinch. 

Sea Salt
Opt for a coarse sea salt for the best results. Kosher salt will work if that's all you have on hand. 

Garlic Powder
Just a pinch of garlic powder adds bold, herbaceous flavor to this Parmesan-topped roasted asparagus. 

How to Make Roasted Asparagus with Parmesan

close up of roasted asparagus topped with Parmesan cheese
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You'll find the full, step-by-step recipe below — but here's what you can expect when you make this top-rated Parmesan asparagus recipe: 

Arrange the asparagus spears in a single layer in an oiled casserole dish, then spray with olive oil. Evenly sprinkle the asparagus with Parmesan, salt, and garlic powder. Roast in a preheated oven until the thickest part of the stem is easily pierced with a fork. 

What to Serve With Parmesan Asparagus

This roasted asparagus with Parmesan makes a perfect companion for all sorts of entrees, from fish to steak (and everything in between). If you're in need of a little delicious inspiration, browse these mouthwatering main dish collections: 

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How to Store Roasted Asparagus With Parmesan

Store your leftover Parmesan asparagus wrapped tightly in foil or in a shallow, airtight container in the fridge for three to five days. Reheat in the oven, not the microwave, for the best results. 

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"This was so amazingly wonderful," raves leannmt. "Years ago, a friend served us asparagus in a similar way, and I was thinking of it tonight when I searched for a way to roast asparagus. This was exactly what I was looking for! It is so simple. I will be making it again and again."

"What isn't to love?" asks Allrecipes Allstar Baking Nana. "Adjust cooking time for the size of your asparagus. About 10 minutes was good for me." 

"I absolutely love asparagus and this is a quick and easy way to knock out a healthy side dish or light main course," according to Arthur Enright. "I've probably made this twenty times since I found it!"

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  • Spray the inside of a 9x13 casserole dish with olive oil cooking spray. Place asparagus in the dish and lightly spray spears with cooking spray.

  • Sprinkle asparagus with Parmesan cheese, sea salt, and garlic powder.

  • Roast in preheated oven until fork easily punctures thickest part of stem, about 12 minutes.


Cook's note:

The best way to keep fresh asparagus for a long while in the refrigerator is to slice off the stems and then stand them in a bowl with a couple of inches of water in the bottom. It keeps for a very long time this way. Add water as necessary.

Nutrition Facts

46 calories; protein 4.4g; carbohydrates 4.7g; fat 1.7g; cholesterol 4.4mg; sodium 660.1mg. Full Nutrition