Baked Asparagus with Parmesan is a minimum effort, fast and delicious side dish. A 6-ingredient Garlic Parmesan Asparagus with crunchy breadcrumbs that is ready in less than 20 minutes and is perfect for holidays and lazy midweek dinners alike.
Why I love this baked asparagus recipe:
Asparagus is that vegetable that goes with pretty much everything and every occasion. So, I feel like everyone in the world should have a good, reliable asparagus recipe in their back pocket.
And this one is the one for me. It’s quick, easy, and frankly, so delicious that it’s like vegetable candy.
The asparagus is baked to perfection and has the perfect texture—tender on the outside and crisp inside. And because it’s cooked perfectly, the baked asparagus keeps its bright green color, too. The breadcrumbs add perfect crunch, and garlic and parmesan make it a heavenly side dish that goes with literally everything.
Hope you love it as much as I do!
Tools + Ingredients
- Sharp knife and cutting board
- Roasting pan or sheet pan
- Aluminum foil or parchment paper
In addition to these tools, you’re going to need a few ingredients to make this Garlic Parmesan Asparagus recipe.
- Green Asparagus
- Brazilian sofrito—or garlic cloves
- Parmesan cheese—freshly shredded. Shelf-stable parmesan doesn’t really work the same way, and may burn in this recipe. The pre-shredded parmesan is tossed in preservatives that prevent it from properly melting.
- Olive oil
- Breadcrumbs—if you’re using homemade bread crumbs, use the bigger, crunchier bits, too, as they add even more texture. If you don’t have that, go for Panko, or you can use broken up, unflavored croutons, or pieces of old bread.
- Salt and pepper—use a light hand with the salt. This dish can get too salty too fast because of the parmesan.
How to Roast Asparagus at 425F
Preheat the oven to 425F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment or foil for easier clean up, and set aside.
Cut off the woody ends of the asparagus. We do this because parts of the stems can become too tough to chew otherwise. Take a single spear of asparagus and gently bend it in your hand near the end. It will snap where it needs to be cut, so use this as a guide for the rest of your asparagus.
Once cut, place the asparagus onto the prepared baking sheet in a single layer, and drizzle with olive oil. You don’t need a lot! Then, massage the oil into the asparagus, so it’s evenly coating all of them.
Mix the topping. In a bowl, mix the Brazilian sofrito with the freshly grated parmesan, breadcrumbs and a little extra olive oil. Stir to combine.
Sprinkle the topping onto the asparagus. Try to do this in an even layer, either with your hands or with a spoon. Sprinkle on additional parmesan, then a little salt and pepper. Use a light hand with the salt because the parmesan is already adding saltiness to our roasted asparagus recipe.
How Long to Roast Asparagus at 425F
The roasting time will be dependent on the thickness of your asparagus.
If the asparagus is thick, roast for 15 minutes. Rotate the pan halfway through the roast, and check on them then.
If the asparagus is pencil thin, roast for 7 or so minutes. Like the thicker ones, you’ll want to rotate the pan halfway through, too. Keep an eye on these because they can burn.
Either way, keep an eye on the asparagus as it roasts.
When the Baked Asparagus with Parmesan comes out of the oven, sprinkle on more freshly grated parmesan cheese while still piping hot. Serve immediately with a squeeze of lemon juice, if you want.
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Baked Asparagus with Parmesan
- Preheat the oven to 425F.
- Arrange the asparagus in a baking sheet and drizzle with just a little olive oil.
- In a bowl, mix the Brazilian sofrito, the parmesan, the breadcrumbs and the tablespoon of olive oil.
- Sprinkle breadcrumb mixture on top of the asparagus, and season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with a bit more parmesan cheese, if desired.
- Bake for 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Rotate the pan halfway through the bake.