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Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic Butter

September 26, 2010

This is a super easy and super yummy way to serve asparagus! The sweet and salty butter adds so much flavor to the dish. I ended up eating the entire plate as my dinner–it’s that good. But you could also pair it with Baked Chicken Breasts or Panko Pork Chops. This recipe is from a 2001 Cooking Light magazine, an oldie but a goodie! In fact, this recipe was voted best vegetable side dish in the magazine’s 20th anniversary edition. See, it’s not just me who loves it!!

40 fresh asparagus spears, trimmed (about 2 pounds)
1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
Fresh ground black pepper and kosher salt, to taste
2 Tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon high quality balsamic vinegar
Fresh grated lemon rind from 1 large lemon


  • Pre heat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Arrange asparagus in a single layer on baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil.
  • Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Bake 12 minutes or until tender.
  • Melt butter in a small skillet over medium heat and cook 3 minutes or until lightly browned, shaking pan occasionally.
  • Remove from heat and stir in soy sauce and balsamic vinegar.
  • Drizzle butter sauce over asparagus, tossing well to coat.
  • Garnish with additional pepper and lemon rind.
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One Response to “ Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic Butter ”

  1. Melissa on September 26, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    i cant wait to make this!

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