This Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic Butter Sauce is a quick, simple, hands-off side dish that’s packed with delicious umami flavor.
Thank you, PAM Cooking Spray, for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are my own.
Hello, April! We’ve officially crossed into the zone where it’s really starting to feel like spring. And I am SO happy about that. I’m ready to fling open the windows, get some fresh air, and enjoy a glass of rosé on the back deck with Sammie the labradoodle at my toes. This is the time of year when I’m wanting to spend less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying the Oregon sunshine that is extremely limited for a good half of the year. So, I’m always on a quest for dishes that are easy to prepare and quick to clean up.
I’ve been making this Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic Butter Sauce for ages now. I was introduced to a version of it by one of my best friends and old roomie, Barb. It’s hard to resist those perfect green bundles that appear in the grocery store around this time each year. I always grab the thinnest stalks I can find. How about you?
Just a sprinkling of salt and pepper over the asparagus, a quick roast in the oven, and a toss in a simple sauce made with butter, soy sauce, and balsamic vinegar. A quick mist of PAM Cooking Spray helps make cleanup a breeze too. Nothing sticks to the baking sheet, leaving Mr. Rick – assigned dishwasher – with extra time to enjoy the patio with us while I grill up some chicken breasts. I like to finish the asparagus with a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese and a spritz of lemon juice, but this is entirely optional. It’s absolutely delicious without these additions as well.
Whether you serve it dressed up or dressed down, with thick stalks or thin, I’m fairly certain that this recipe will become one of your favorites too!
- 1 bunch asparagus, trimmed
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
- ¼ cup grated Parmesan
- PAM Original Cooking Spray
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Lemon wedges, for serving
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Spray a baking sheet with PAM Cooking Spray and arrange asparagus in a single layer. Season with salt and pepper.
- Bake for 12 minutes, until tender.
- Melt the butter and stir in the soy sauce and balsamic vinegar.
- Gently toss the asparagus with the butter sauce and sprinkle with Parmesan. Serve with lemon wedges.
- An unoaked Chardonnay makes a nice match for the buttery sauce that tops this dish.
- Sauvignon Blanc is a nice match for the grassy, green notes of the asparagus.
With all the planning that goes into putting together the perfect dish, using PAM Cooking Spray is a sensible way to save time in the kitchen. When you use PAM, you spend less time cleaning up in the kitchen, allowing for more time to be spent with the ones you love. Bonus? PAM Cooking Spray leaves 99% less residue* than leading brands of margarine or bargain-brand sprays, so your dishes will turn out great and you’ll spend less time cleaning up. *vs. leading cooking sprays (except olive oil), after spraying on glass bakeware, baking at 400 degrees F for 30 minutes, cooling, and then washing in a standard home dishwasher with detergent and repeating four times.
Craving more asparagus? Be sure to check out this recipe for my Shaved Asparagus Salad with Ricotta and Pistachios, along with a great tip for keeping your asparagus fresh.