Parmesan Roasted Asparagus is a simple and delicious side dish that pairs perfectly with any savory meal. Try it next to Oven Roasted Chicken Breasts for an irresistible combination!

A plate of asparagus topped with parmesan.

Garlic and Parmesan Roasted Asparagus

In the world of side dishes, asparagus is a favorite for its low-calorie, low-fat, and nutrient-rich profile. Roasting asparagus is an excellent way to incorporate this tasty vegetable into your meal rotation. Parmesan roasted asparagus pairs perfectly with chicken, pork, fish, or steak.


  • Asparagus: Choose thick stalks if possible; adjust cooking time accordingly.
  • Parmesan: Freshly grated Parmesan is preferred for better flavor, but pre-shaved will also work.
  • Garlic: Finely minced. You can use garlic powder in a pinch.
  • Salt: Coarse sea salt or kosher salt works best.

How to Trim Asparagus

Before cooking, it’s essential to trim the woody ends of the asparagus. The ends are tough and fibrous, making them unpleasant to eat. To trim, simply hold the asparagus spear with both hands and bend it until it snaps. The natural break point is where the tender part ends, and the tough part begins. Alternatively, you can line up the spears and cut off the ends about 1-2 inches from the bottom. Properly trimming the asparagus ensures a more enjoyable, tender bite.

A plate of asparagus topped with parmesan.

Air Fryer Instructions

Follow the same instructions, but eliminate the oil. Spray the asparagus with cooking spray instead. Season and place the asparagus in the air fryer basket at 400°F. Air fry for 7-10 minutes, or until slightly charred.

Enjoy this versatile and delicious Garlic and Parmesan Roasted Asparagus as an easy side dish with any savory meal!

A plate of asparagus topped with parmesan.

Parmesan Roasted Asparagus

Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Parmesan Roasted Asparagus is a simple and delicious side dish that pairs perfectly with any savory meal.


  • ½ pound fresh asparagus, ends trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper


  • Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Spread asparagus out in an even layer on the baking sheet.
  • Drizzle with oil and toss to coat.
  • Add parmesan, garlic, salt, and pepper, toss to coat, and spread the asparagus into an even layer.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes. Remove from oven and serve immediately. Enjoy!

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