Roasted Asparagus with Orange Zest and Thyme

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Roasted Asparagus with Orange Zest and Thyme.  Cook for 20 minutes in the oven and finish with a sprinkling of orange zest.


Roasted Asparagus with Orange Zest and Thyme is a fast and simple dish to prepare.  Serve it with fish or chicken as a quick weeknight side dish.  Leftovers?  Cut up the asparagus and add it into your morning omelet or egg dish.

Asparagus is one of those vegetables that you either love or hate.  I think we all know two reasons why most people avoid eating it.  Let’s just say; I wouldn’t order this vegetable on a date.  Why eat it?  The upside is that asparagus is an excellent source of fiber, and vitamins A, C, E and K.  There was a reason my grandmother told me to eat this vegetable even it could lead a smelly outcome.

I try to eat in season.  You might be thinking, isn’t fresh asparagus a spring vegetable?  It is, however, in some areas it's available year-round.  These were at my local Farmers market, so I scooped them up.



Look for asparagus stalks that are bright green and firm.  Make sure the tips are tight and not limp.  The stalks should have a nice “snap” sound to them when broken in half.


Asparagus will last 3 to 4 days in the refrigerated.  There are two ways to store the stalks in the refrigerator.  You can stand them upright in about an inch of water then cover them with a plastic bag.  Or you can wrap it tightly in a plastic bag.


A good roasting pan is a must.  I keep all sizes in my kitchen, but a half sheet pan (18” x 13” x1”) is perfect for this recipe.


Roasted Asparagus with Orange Zest and Thyme

An easy and delicious way to cook asparagus.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword easy roasted asparagus, seasonal side dish, vegetable side dish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 39 kcal
Author Lisa Marie Todd


  • 1 lb fresh asparagus bottom ends trimmed
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Grated orange zest
  • Fresh orange juice optional


  1. Pre-heat oven to 400°F.  

  2. In a large bowl  whisk together olive oil, thyme, salt and pepper.  

  3. Add asparagus and thoroughly coat with olive oil mixture.  

  4. Place asparagus on a sheet pan.  Roast for 20 minutes until slightly crisp and tender.

  5. Sprinkle with orange zest and serve.  You can also squeeze a little fresh orange juice over the roasted asparagus for an extra citrus flavor boost.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes


Thoroughly wash the asparagus to remove any soil that may be hiding in the tips.

If the asparagus stems are hard and tough use a vegetable peeler to remove those areas.


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