Roasting asparagus with brown butter and balsamic intensifies the flavors to mythical proportions.
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ROASTING ASPARAGUS IN THE OVEN

Making the best roasted asparagus is easy… just a little love in the oven and some brown butter. You’ll come back to the recipe time and again.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Side Dish
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 105kcal
Author: Scott G

Ingredients

  • 1 LB Asparagus woody parts trimmed
  • 1 TBSP Olive Oil
  • 1 TSP Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 TSP Fresh Cracker Pepper
  • 2 TBSP Unsalted Butter
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1 TSP Balsamic Vinegar

Instructions

Roasting the Asparagus

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil.
  • Lay the trimmed asparagus on the baking sheet. Drizzle the olive oil, salt and pepper over the asparagus. Mix up gently with your hands or some tongs. Make sure the asparagus is laying flat before putting into the oven.
  • Roast for 12-15 minutes depending on the thickness of your asparagus. It may need to cook longer if it is really huge.

Making the Brown Butter

  • Heat a small sauce pan over medium-high heat. Add the butter and the bay leaf. When the butter melts, turn the heat down to medium. Cook for 2-3 minutes. You will see the butter start to foam. Stir until the butter starts to brown and turn the heat off. Remove the pan when the butter is browned.
  • After the butter cools, add in the balsamic vinegar. Stir well and heat over high heat until it bubbles. Stir constantly so the sugar from the balsamic doesn’t burn in the pan. As soon as it bubbles, remove from the heat and pour over the asparagus in the rimmed baking sheet.
  • Mix the asparagus and brown butter gently with some tongs.
  • Serve hot and enjoy.

Notes

When you are browning the butter, make sure that the pan doesn’t get too hot. It has residual heat stored up within it… so when the brown butter looks perfect and you take it off the heat, it will continue to cook and most likely burn. The secret to really great brown butter is patience.
 
Please don’t add the balsamic directly into super hot butter. It will pop and send hot liquid all over the stove. Allow the butter to cool slightly before adding the balsamic.
 
If you let these asparagus sit around before you eat them, they will wilt fairly quickly. Eat them hot and fresh!

Nutrition

Calories: 105kcal