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Roasted Asparagus with Orange Zest and Thyme

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

An easy and delicious way to cook asparagus.



  • 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.

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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.

Nutrition Facts
Roasted Asparagus with Orange Zest and Thyme
Amount Per Serving
Calories 39 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Sodium 195mg8%
Potassium 164mg5%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 600IU12%
Vitamin C 9mg11%
Calcium 18mg2%
Iron 1.7mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.