Roasted Lemon Honey Garlic Asparagus

Asparagus is fresh and tasty, plus straightforward to make! With my roasted lemon honey garlic asparagus, grilled asparagus recipe, or parmesan herb asparagus fries, you can’t go wrong adding these sides to any dinner plate.

This lemon honey garlic asparagus recipe has a crisp outside with a tender inside cooked in a lemon, honey marinade with minced garlic. This asparagus compliments any main dish and adds a colorful feel to the table!

Asparagus placed on a white plate with lemon garnished throughout.

Roasted Lemon Honey Garlic Asparagus

Roasted Lemon Honey Garlic Asparagus

I am a fan of asparagus! It is green, fresh, and the taste and texture is out of this world to me. Making asparagus go from blah to WOW is my favorite! With the help of a few added ingredients, this roasted lemon honey garlic asparagus will add to any dish when served together. This asparagus is the perfect side dish for any type of protein or just enjoyed by itself!

Serve the lemon honey garlic asparagus year-round and watch it disappear quickly. This is a recipe that you will be making over and over again. It is so simple to make and turns out delicious every time. Simply mix the lemon, honey, and garlic ingredients in a small bowl. Then drizzle it over top of the asparagus that is laying flat on a baking sheet. Roast the asparagus, and in minutes you will have a crispy and tender asparagus that everyone will enjoy!

Is Asparagus Good For You?

My rule of thumb is if it is green, a vegetable, or comes from the ground; it is healthy! With the delicious flavoring, some people wonder if this is true, though. I have great news; it is more than real. Asparagus is full of nutrients and has several health benefits in each bunch.

Here are just some ways that asparagus is right for you:

  • It is high in fiber
  • Asparagus contains vitamins A, C, E, and K.
  • Good source of chromium. This is a mineral that will help enhance blood sugar levels.
  • They are packed full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • It has an anti-aging agent that is high in folate and helps with this cognitive functioning.
  • It can help protect the body against certain forms of cancer.
  • Asparagus helps rid the body of excess salts.

Ingredients to Make the Best Asparagus:

Asparagus is tasty, healthy, and full of deliciousness! With these simple ingredients and a quick dressing marinade that is being drizzled over the top is the perfect way to add a side to any dish.

  • Asparagus: Grab a bunch or two of asparagus at the store. A bunch is already bundled up with two thick rubber bands wrapped around the asparagus.
  • Olive Oil: Helps make the dressing marinade over top of the asparagus.
  • Lemon: Juice of a half a lemon
  • Honey: Sweeten the dressing or marinade with a hint of honey.
  • Garlic Cloves: Carefully mince the garlic cloves or use the already pre-packaged garlic cloves.
  • Salt and Pepper: Add a pinch to taste at the very end!

Cooking Up Asparagus:

There are a variety of ways to eat asparagus, fresh, baked, grilled, or roasted. Spring is the best time to enjoy asparagus and usually the best to pick it too. Quickly make a simple side dish that everyone will enjoy just as soon as you can make it!

  1. Prepare the asparagus: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Break off the ends of asparagus. In a large bowl, add the asparagus.
  2. Mix: In a small bowl, whisk olive oil, lemon, honey, garlic. Pour over the asparagus and toss to coat.
  3. Roast on a baking sheet: Lay in a single layer on a baking sheet. Salt and pepper to taste. Roast for about 10 minutes, more or less, depending on your size of asparagus.

 preparing the asparagus

Two photos preparing the asparagus. One photo on the left hand side showing the asparagus being broken and the the right hand photo with the asparagus in a large glass bowl having the dressing marinade being poured over top.

How to pick asparagus?

It is best to enjoy asparagus in the springtime, but asparagus is an excellent year-round side dish. Not all asparagus is going to be perfect and structured just right. That is okay! I am here to help, and with this recipe, we can still create a delicious and flavorful tasting asparagus!

  • Thinner asparagus: Look for a more delicate asparagus that is firm. Too thick of asparagus shows them being too mature and will be overripe and woody.
  • Color: It is best to find a bright green and even a hint of purple on the spears if possible,
  • Structure: The spears are the best firm and not limp. This will hold their shape as well as show that they are not wilted and old.
  • The test: When grabbing a bunch, gently squeeze them. The bunch should squeak a bit when pressed. This indicated that the bunch is not woody.
  • Tips of spears: Try to find the spear tips to be closed and tightly compacted. Mushy, wet or slightly broken are not the best.

Preparing Asparagus:

Springtime is the best time to enjoy this bright green vegetable. It is full of flavor and health benefits altogether. It is a side dish that keeps on giving!

Here are a few great tips to help pick and prepare the perfect bunch of asparagus when making this lemon honey garlic side dish.

  • Do you wash asparagus before cooking? I wash and rinse all fruits and vegetables. This will help remove any grit or dirt that may have been left on the plant or fruit. Pat dry with a paper towel.
  • Should I cut or snap the ends? On asparagus, it is simple to snap off the bottoms of each one by using your fingers. The stems will naturally and easily break right off. You are breaking the tough and woody part of the ends if you prefer to cut the asparagus that will also work.
  • How do you know when asparagus goes bad? A good indicator that the asparagus has gone wrong is the tips or spears will begin to go bad. They will start to turn a dark green or black and become mushy and wet.  

Asparagus laying flat on a baking sheet showing just he heads of the asparagus.

Asparagus laying flat on a baking sheet showing just he heads of the asparagus.

Try these Complete Meals with Asparagus:

preparing the asparagus

Roasted Lemon Honey Garlic Asparagus

Prep Time 5 minutes

Cook Time 10 minutes

Total Time 15 minutes

Author Alyssa Rivers

Servings 4 people

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword asparagus, asparagus recipe, roasted asparagus
  • One bunch asparagus
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • Three garlic cloves minced
  • salt and pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Break off the ends of asparagus. In a large bowl, add the asparagus.

  2. In a small bowl, whisk olive oil, lemon, honey, garlic. Pour over the asparagus and toss to coat.

  3. Lay in a single layer on a baking sheet—salt and pepper to taste. Roast for about 10 minutes, more or less, depending on your size of asparagus.

Nutrition Facts

Roasted Lemon Honey Garlic Asparagus

Amount Per Serving

Calories 120 Calories

% Daily Value*

  • Fat 7g11%
  • Saturated Fat 1g 5%
  • Sodium 3mg 0%
  • Potassium 236mg 7%
  • Carbohydrates 14g 5%
  • Fiber 2g 8%
  • Sugar 11g 12%
  • Protein 3g 6%
  • Vitamin A 851IU 17%
  • Vitamin C 7mg 8%
  • Calcium 31mg 3%
  • Iron 2mg 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Asparagus all lined up flat on the baking sheet with lemons garnished around them.

Roasted Lemon Honey Garlic Asparagus

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