Lemon, garlic, and parmesan roasted asparagus on a white tray
Why You Need To Be Super Mindful Of Time When Roasting Asparagus
Asparagus is a delicate vegetable, so when roasting it, you need to be extra mindful of how long you leave it in the oven. It can become overcooked in just an extra minute or two.
The Tasting Table team's recipe for roasted asparagus recommends cooking it at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes, while others suggest even higher temperatures.
No matter what temperature you choose, check on the asparagus as it roasts. You should also trim the hard, rough ends of the stalks, since roasting won’t tenderize them.
Wash your asparagus with water, but be sure to dry it well. Water will prevent any cooking oil you use from properly coating the asparagus, increasing the likelihood of burning.
It’s also important to fully coat the asparagus in oil and seasonings to create a uniform texture and flavor once it's cooked, but don't use too much, either.
Too much oil will hamper the stalks' desired texture and overwhelm their flavor. Keep these tips in mind and be sure to take this veggie out of the oven as soon as it's done.