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Baked Asparagus with Cheese Recipe

A guide to the easiest and fastest method for how to cook the asparagus in the oven. Baked asparagus is all done in 20 minutes and has the perfect crisp-tender texture. The addition of melted cheese and crispy crumbs on top take it over the top!

Top shot of the Baked Asparagus with Cheese on a white plate, with lemon wedges.

I always grab a bag of asparagus when I’m shopping since it makes such an easy side dish to go with so many options for dinner or even breakfast (with egg on top? Yum!).

Preparation is simple, the ingredient list is short and the flavor is amazing! I made it with cheese and crispy crumbs on top, but you can make delicious baked asparagus with just asparagus, oil, salt, and pepper. It doesn’t need much dressing up, but cheese makes everything better, right ;)?

Why baking asparagus is the easiest way to cook it

Cooking the asparagus on a stove-top, in a pan, steaming, or even blanching it in water requires constant attention from you.

Cooking the asparagus in the oven is a very hands-off, easy, and sure way to get perfectly crispy-tender spears instead of mushy and flavorless ones. Being able to control the done-ness, and being able to cook lots of asparagus at once, for a crowd, for example, are just a few of the benefits.

Also, it frees up the cook top if you’re making more than one thing at a time.

Close up of one asparagus with cheese and Ritz cracker crumbs lifted with fingers off the plate.

Overview:
How to Bake Asparagus with Cheese 

For a detailed recipe and ingredient list see the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

  • Combine the oil, minced garlic, salt, and pepper.
  • Trim the woody ends of the asparagus.
  • Toss the asparagus with the oil/garlic mixture on a rimmed baking sheet.

How long to cook asparagus?

It is best to cook asparagus at high temperatures in order to lightly roast the outside without overcooking the inside. 425F – 450F is the optimal temperature to achieve that. Crisp-tender is the texture you’re looking for. Overcooked asparagus is limp, mushy, and is not only less flavorful, but also very unappealing visually, so try to avoid overcooking it.

  • At 425F to 450F the asparagus should be baked for 10-15 minutes. Depending on the thickness of the asparagus spears it might take more or less time. For really thin spears it might only take only 7-8 minutes even, and for the thickest spears, it can take the full 15 to 18 minutes. But the average will be between 10-15 minutes.

Keep in mind, depending on how many pounds of asparagus (serving one or a crowd) the bake time will vary. Crowding a baking sheet will mean longer bake time. Cooking only a few asparagus spears at a time with lots of space for hot air to circulate around each spear will mean less baking time.

Close up of baked asparagus with melted cheese and Ritz Cracker crumbs on top.

Other delicious Side Dishes to try:

Baked Asparagus with Cheese

5 from 2 votes

Baked asparagus is all done in 20 minutes and has the perfect crisp-tender texture. The addition of melted cheese and crispy crumbs on top of the baked asparagus takes it over the top!

Author: Marina | Let the Baking Begin
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked asparagus, cheesy asparagus
Calories: 200 kcal
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 lb asparagus spears washed, patted dry with paper towel, woody ends removed
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, pressed or finely minced
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt (reduce by 1/4th if using table salt)
  • 1/4 tsp fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1 cup shredded good quality sharp cheddar or mozzarella cheese
  • 1/3 cup Cushed Ritz Crackers or Panko crumbs

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450°F (220°C). Coat a rimmed baking sheet with some non-stick spray or line with parchment paper.

  2. Add the asparagus spears to the baking sheet and shake until they're all in an even layer.

  3. Oil garlic mix: In a small bowl combine the oil, garlic, salt, pepper, then drizzle the asparagus with this mixture. Toss until evenly coated.

  4. Bake for about 10 minutes or until the asparagus just begins to get tender. This might take more or less time depending on the thickness of the asparagus spears.

  5. Sprinkle with the cheese, then with the crushed Ritz Cookie crumbs, and broil until the cheese is melted and the crumbs are crispy. Serve immediately with wedges of lemon.

Nutrition Facts
Baked Asparagus with Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 200 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 30mg10%
Sodium 524mg23%
Potassium 279mg8%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 1141IU23%
Vitamin C 7mg8%
Calcium 248mg25%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Welcome to Let the Baking Begin! I'm Marina and my love and passion for eating only the most delicious foods drive me to share that love here on Let the Baking Begin (since 2009). With over 20 years of experience in the kitchen, you know the recipes are tested and retested until perfect. I'm so happy to have you here. Enjoy! Read more...

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  • Olaleke fawziyyah

    Please I want youto teach me how to do special donut

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  • Elijah

    Love this spin on the basic asparagus recipe. Can’t wait to try it!

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