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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.

Oven Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic Brown Butter on a slate serving platter

Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic Brown Butter

I adore oven-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.

How to Make Oven Roasted Asparagus

Prep your asparagus stalks, by washing them first, and letting them air dry so they can roast properly.

Trim the woody ends by one of these 3 methods: Bend the ends till the woody base breaks off, use a vegetable peeler to remove the fibrous covering at the lower part of the stems, or just bend the lower third of the stalk and the tougher end will naturally break off. Peeling wastes less of the vegetable, but I tend to use one of the other two techniques.

Spread them out evenly on a sheet pan, making sure they’re just one layer deep so they roast evenly.

Coat lightly with olive oil and season with kosher salt and black pepper to taste.

Roast until the spears are tender when you pierce them with a sharp knife.

Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic Brown Butter on a white platter

What Is Brown Butter?

Brown butter is exactly what it sounds like, butter that is cooked until browned, but not so brown that it’s burnt. As the butter melts and simmers, the milk solids brown, and during the process, and via the Maillard reaction, numerous flavor compounds are released!

How to Make Balsamic Browned Butter

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!

Oven roasted asparagus with balsamic brown butter in a white ceramic bowl

How Do You Know When Asparagus is Done?

The timing will vary as asparagus will be a different diameter nearly every time you purchase it. Thick spears take longer than very thin spears. When roasting, the spears should still be bright green and tender (not mushy) when pierced with a knife.

I use 9 minutes as an approximate roasting time for medium spears. Thinner and I’ll set the timer for less, and thicker spears will take longer.

Why Make Oven Roasted Asparagus?

Roasting vegetables intensifies their natural sweetness. The sugars are caramelized at the high heat plus roasting in a hot, dry oven dehydrates the spears, also magnifying their flavor. If you tend to boil your vegetables, give roasting a try! You’ll quickly become a convert.

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

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.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 57Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 226mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g


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Lambeau helping in the kitchen with a pan of asparagus ready to roast

Photo circa 2010. Photos and text were updated in 2016.

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42 comments on “Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic Brown Butter”

  1. Wow. I’ve tried asparagus cooked in chicken broth before, but this sounds a whole lot better. I’ll have to remember this the next time I have asparagus.

  2. Love asparagus. I thought strictly a spring vegetable, but I’ve noticed some really good deals on it in the papers lately. Maybe a second crop coming in from Mexico or something? This is one I definitely want to try.

  3. Hope you all try this…so easy and yummy. If you want to watch calories you can spray the asparagus with Pam instead of the drizzle of olive oil. Thanks for the nice comments!!!

  4. I love roasting veggies, and since I started roasting asparagus I haven’t looked back. I’m w/ you; I use the bend/snap method. I am far too lazy to peel asparagus.

  5. Carole, I’m glad I’m not the only lazy one!!!

    Mother Rimmy, I think you’ll like this 🙂

  6. Liz, you are so lucky Bill will eat asparagus! Alex refuses to even taste this wonderful vegetable! He just knows that he does not like it! Maybe I should dip it in chocolate 😉

  7. Lizzy,
    What a wonderful way to roast the asparagus. Did not think to mix soy sauce and balsamic vinegar together. Another recipe to print. Thanks!

  8. Sandra, this is one of the very few foods that he’s added to his repertoire since we’ve been married. Nick, on the other hand, won’t touch asparagus!

    Lizzie and Karen, hope you two enjoy!!! Thanks for your nice comments 🙂

  9. Hi Liz, we love roasted asparagus at our house, along with so many other roasted veggies. Roasting has now become my favorite wasy to cook vegetables. But now with the addition of the balsamic browned butter, it will really be delicious.

  10. Paulette, it’s easy enough for everyday, but fancy enough for company…hope you try it!

  11. Asparagus is certainly one of my fave vegetables! Love the green ones, but not so much the white ones tho’. What about your preference, Liz?

  12. Lambeau is going for the asparagus! Smart dog! This is my favorite method of cooking it too.

  13. The asparagus sounds great and the cauliflower caught my eye too! Love the pic with Lambeau:@)

  14. This is my absolute favorite way to eat asparagus! I love the balsamic browned butter sauce, gives it amazing flavor!

  15. yum! asparagus sounds perfect! I’m totally crazy about this veggie! Thanks too much for sharing the recipe!

  16. My husband made these (except he steamed instead of roasted the asparagus) and loved them! He’s already planning to make them again in a few days. Thanks so much for the recipe! 🙂

    And I love that you kept the Lambeau picture!

  17. I love asparagus but lately everyone in my family has decided they don’t – go figure. However, asparagus are so easy you can just make what you want and be done with it. These sound tasty. I’ll give it a try next time.

  18. Sounds delicious, Liz! We love asparagus and I’m always looking for new recipes, thanks!

  19. I adore roasted asparagus too! This would be a great recipe to make extra to put in salads the next day.

  20. I love to grill my asparagus and typically just douse them in some olive oil and minced garlic. this will be for my next batch; I need something new and still simple…thanks Liz!

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

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

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

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

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

  26. 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…

  27. 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.

  28. 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 😛

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

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

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

  32. 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.

  33. 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!

  34. Browned butter and asaparagus, fabulous!!!

  35. 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

  36. Simple and sooooo gooood! 🙂

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

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

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

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