Before you start roasting the asparagus, it's best to rinse it and pat it dry.
The quickest way to trim asparagus before roasting is by gently bending the asparagus and feeling where it wants to break, and snapping off the stalk end. You can also use a knife to cut off the tough, white part (aim for about an inch from the end). Check out our guide on
for more tips.
How can you tell when asparagus is done roasting?
There are several ways to tell when asparagus is done roasting. First, the stalks should be crisp-tender when pierced with a fork. The stalks should be bright green, and the tips may be a little charred.
Why is my roasted asparagus mushy?
To avoid mushy roasted asparagus, make sure to test your asparagus towards the end of the cooking time. Asparagus sizes vary and will take less or more time to cook based on the thickness. If you overcook your asparagus, it’ll end up soft and mushy.
What other seasonings can I use for roasted asparagus?
For added flavor, try tossing the asparagus with fresh minced garlic, red pepper flakes, Parmesan cheese or a squeeze of lemon juice before roasting. Browse more of our roasted asparagus recipes
for more ideas. If you don't want to use the oven to make this vegetable side dish, check out our guide to how to cook asparagus
—whether it's on the stovetop, in the air fryer or on the grill.
What can you serve with roasted asparagus?
Asparagus is a tried-and-true vegetable that can be served with everything from roasted chicken
to grilled pork chops
and glazed ham
—Julie Schnittka, Taste of Home Senior Editor
and Sarah Fischer, Taste of Home Culinary Assistant