By Amy Gorin, MS, RDN
Looking for the perfect lemon garlic asparagus side dish? Enter this garlic roasted asparagus. Once you make it once, you'll want it with every meal!
Wondering what to do with asparagus or how to cook it? Pair asparagus with lemon and garlic for the perfect flavor combination. Give this garlic roasted asparagus recipe a try. It's one of my favorite recipes to whip up and serve for Thanksgiving dinner–or really with dinner any night.
I created this quick and easy lemon pepper asparagus recipe for my sister, Janice. She loves asparagus, flavored with simple spices. So when our our family got together for Thanksgiving one year, I made this for her.
This oven-roasted asparagus recipe is simply one of the best asparagus dishes I've ever served to my family.
How to Make Perfectly Roasted Asparagus
Good-bye, boring vegetables! This oven roasted asparagus side dish is simply seasoned, yet guaranteed to impress your dinner guests.
I love asparagus because it's full of fiber and so many vitamins and minerals. I've highlighted it before in my Grilled Asparagus with Lemongrass Garlic Rub.
So what's the best way to cook asparagus? If you're wondering what do with asparagus, there are many delicious asparagus dinner ideas, and this baked garlic asparagus is just one idea.
This lemon garlic asparagus recipe couldn't be easier to make and is thankfully made with very simple ingredients you'll find in pretty much any kitchen. Asparagus and garlic are a wonderful combination, and I whipped up a light sauce of olive oil, lemon juice–you can use juice from a fresh lemon, or bottled lemon juice works just as well–black pepper, and dried thyme.
Then I tossed that with the asparagus, roasted it in the oven for about ten minutes, and then had a lovely vegetable side ready to eat! While I used a baking dish for this recipe, you could also place the asparagus in a single layer on a baking sheet.
And here's a little tip to make the prep for this asparagus dinner side all that much easier: You don't have to cut the asparagus. Simply give it a little bend, and the end will snap off. This cuts down prep time, making this a dish you can whip up in less than 20 minutes! I hope you enjoy this lemon-roasted asparagus recipe as much as we did.
When it comes to roasted asparagus nutrition, you can't beat the fact that each serving of this roasted lemon asparagus contains just 130 calories.
And the green veggies are fantastic for you, offering plenty of filling fiber, as well as many vitamins and minerals. These include immunity-helping vitamin C and disease-fighting vitamin E.
Asparagus also supplies protein, boasting about 3 grams per serving of this side. You can feel free to give it a little sprinkle with salt and pepper if you'd like. But you might find that you don't need any salt!
Looking for other veggie sides to pair this with? Try my butternut squash side dish.
Health Benefits of Garlic
Garlic is actually a bulb from a plant that’s related to the lily, and you can eat it raw or cooked. It adds a delicious zing of a taste plus it may have some potential positive effects on health:
It May Help Heart Health
In people with high blood pressure, garlic may slightly lower blood pressure, suggests research.
And preliminary evidence has found that garlic may slow hardening of the arteries, a condition that may lead to heart disease or stroke. More long-term clinical trials are needed to further explore garlic’s potential health benefits.
It Might Help Lower Cholesterol
Some research has found that garlic use for one to three months could help lower blood cholesterol levels. However, findings are mixed, as other studies show no benefit.
It May Help Reduce Cancer Risk
Certain studies have found that regular garlic intake may help reduce risk of certain cancers, such as prostate cancer. However, more research needs to be completed in this area.
Keep in mind: While regular garlic use seems to be safe for most adults, caution should be exercised since it can thin blood similarly to aspirin and may interfere with surgery or certain medications.
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This blog post was updated in October 2020. A version of this content originally appeared on WeightWatchers.com.
I'd love to hear from you! Do you enjoy eating asparagus with lemon and garlic? Let me know what you think of this lemon garlic asparagus recipe!
Oven Roasted Lemon Garlic Asparagus
- Preheat oven to 425° F.
- In a small bowl, combine oil with lemon juice, thyme, pepper, and garlic. Place asparagus in baking dish, and toss with herb mixture.
- Bake for 10-15 minutes, until tender.
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