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Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic Brown Butter

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Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic Brown Butter is my go-to recipe when this delicious vegetable is in season. A simple sauce of brown butter, soy sauce and balsamic vinegar is drizzled over perfectly roasted asparagus.

Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic Brown Butter on a slate serving platter

Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic Brown Butter

I adore roasted asparagus. It’s so easy to prepare and superior in taste to steaming or boiling. I typically roast and top with freshly grated Parmesan ala Ina Garten or us this easy sauce to make asparagus with balsamic brown butter. I prep the asparagus stalks by bending the ends till the woody base breaks off. I suppose peeling would be less wasteful, but I prefer this lazy method.

Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic Brown Butter - An easy, elegant asparagus preparation

An Easy and Elegant Side Dish

Then I toss the asparagus with a wee bit of olive oil, sprinkle with kosher salt and even a nice grating of black pepper if desired. While it is roasting, simply melt and simmer a bit of butter till gets browned with a nutty aroma, then add soy and balsamic vinegar. Voila, this roasted asparagus with balsamic brown butter is as easy as pie. Well, actually a lot easier than pie. You simply must add this to your spring menu!

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Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic Browned Butter

An easy way to jazz up roasted asparagus. Adapted from Cooking Light.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Yield 4-8 servings


  • 1 or 2 bundles of asparagus, washed with woody stems broken off
  • Olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar


  1. Preheat oven to 425º. Arrange asparagus in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle lightly with Kosher salt. Roast 9-14 minutes, till tender. Shake pan at the halfway point to allow for even roasting.
  2. In a small saucepan, heat butter and cook till lightly browned. Add soy sauce and balsamic vinegar. Drizzle over cooked asparagus.

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Roasted Cauliflower with Parmesan and Bread Crumbs! My cauliflower avoiding husband became a convert due to this amazing recipe!

Roasted Cauliflower with Parmesan and Bread Crumbs

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Shallots and Garlic because bacon make everything taste amazing!!!

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Shallots, and Garlic

Green Bean and Bacon Bundles

Green Bean and Bacon Bundles

Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic Brown Butter - An easy, elegant asparagus preparation

Photo circa 2010


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42 comments on “Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic Brown Butter”

  1. I love simple flavourful side dishes like these, and when the veg is in season its even more spectacular!

  2. Lizzy, roasted asparagus is so perfect right now. Love how simply delicious and wonderful this looks. Lovely share!

  3. I love the simplicity of this beautiful side dish. YUM!

  4. I use to bowling asparagus but nex time I will roasted them. They looks faboulous! Happy weekend! x

  5. I love browned butter. I’ll take some asparagus to go with it, please!

  6. One can never have enough ways to prepare Asparagus at this time of year, Liz. This is most certainly a keeper!

    Thanks for sharing all these yummies, Liz…

  7. Roasted is my absolute favourite way to cook asparagus — it just doesn’t compare in flavour to steaming, IMO. Your recipe sounds perfect and yes, very elegant.

  8. One of the prettiest roasted asparagus I’ve seen so far 😀 The dressing alone sounds fantastic ! I’ve been eyeing a bundle of asparagus when I went to market just a while ago but too lazy to cook it , maybe the next time 😛

  9. Love the flavors, the nuttiness of the browned butter with the sweet balsamic. Delicious,

  10. Wish I could buy fresh asparagus. Costs a fortune here: $8 a lb!! They sound so GOOD!

  11. You had me at balsamic brown butter, what a great side dish!

  12. Roasting is so much better and the sauce really makes the dish. I also love the pic at the end of the post with your precious Lambeau.

  13. Asparagus is out of season here in North Carolina but I might just have to scrounge some up to make this. It sounds wonderful and I love how easy it is!

  14. I could eat that almost as a complete meal. Just love asparagus! Your asparagus images are beautiful. And this is such a lovely spring/summer side dish xx

  15. Simple and sooooo gooood! 🙂

  16. Asparagus is the vegetable of the Gods’!!
    This looks FAB. x

  17. Just made this. Fantastic flavor; thank you!

  18. Thank you. They were so good. I used some garlic parmasen oil and fig balsamic.

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