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Alton Brown's Roasted Asparagus

How to make Alton Brown's Roasted Asparagus. Instructions written in my own words.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword asparagus
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 3 servings
Author Alton Brown


  • 1 pound asparagus
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lemon zest only
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp freshly grated nutmeg


  • Preheat your oven to 500 degrees.
  • Using two pieces of heavy duty aluminium foil make a pan that will fit all the asparagus in a single layer. Lay the asparagus down in the foil to get an accurate measurement
  • Trim off the bottom 1 ½ inches of the asparagus. You can save the tips to make a broth for soup.
  • Place the asparagus in a single layer on your pan. Add the oil.
  • Place into the oven for 5 minutes.
  • Toss the asparagus with tongs and then roast for another 5 minutes
  • Remove from the oven. Add the salt, nutmeg, zest of 1 lemon.
  • Toss to evenly distribute and serve.