Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic Butter Sauce

This Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic Butter Sauce is a quick, simple, hands-off side dish that’s packed with delicious umami flavor | platingsandpairings.com

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.

This Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic Butter Sauce is a quick, simple, hands-off side dish that’s packed with delicious umami flavor | platingsandpairings.com

This Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic Butter Sauce is a quick, simple, hands-off side dish that’s packed with delicious umami flavor | platingsandpairings.com

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?

This Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic Butter Sauce is a quick, simple, hands-off side dish that’s packed with delicious umami flavor | platingsandpairings.com

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.

This Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic Butter Sauce is a quick, simple, hands-off side dish that’s packed with delicious umami flavor | platingsandpairings.com

This Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic Butter Sauce is a quick, simple, hands-off side dish that’s packed with delicious umami flavor | platingsandpairings.com

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!

This Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic Butter Sauce is a quick, simple, hands-off side dish that’s packed with delicious umami flavor | platingsandpairings.com

Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic Butter Sauce

Course: Side Dish
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Platings & Pairings
This Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic Butter Sauce is a quick, simple, hands-off side dish that’s packed with delicious umami flavor.
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Ingredients

  • 1 bunch asparagus trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • PAM Original Cooking Spray
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Lemon wedges for serving

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Spray a baking sheet with PAM Cooking Spray and arrange asparagus in a single layer. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Bake for 12 minutes, until tender.
  4. Melt the butter and stir in the soy sauce and balsamic vinegar.
  5. Gently toss the asparagus with the butter sauce and sprinkle with Parmesan. Serve with lemon wedges.

WINE PAIRINGS:

  • 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.

12 comments

  1. Mary @ Vindulge

    Asparagus is the best!! I prefer the stalks a little thicker because I like to grill my asparagus (and I find it grills better if just a little thicker). It’s the best way to enjoy this rare spring Oregon sunshine — outside, grilling AND eating some delicious asparagus while sipping on rosé. Boom 🙂
    Cheers!!

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    1. Erin

      Sounds like a perfect evening Mary!

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  2. Brettni Brumfield

    Asparagus has to be one of my family’s favorite veggies. I cannot wait to give your recipe a try. I think tonight’s a great night to give it a try.

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    1. Erin

      I hope you love it Brettni!

      Reply

  3. Marlynn @ UrbanBlissLife

    I love asparagus as a spring side dish, especially with balsamic and lemon! I’ll have to go with your suggestion of an unoaked Chardonnay to pair with asparagus next time. Sounds like a wonderful pairing!

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    1. Erin

      Thanks Marlynn 🙂

      Reply

  4. Lucy

    I LOVE roasted asparagus, but it’s so hard to pair with wine! I really appreciate your suggestions. An unoaked chard is a great choice!

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    1. Erin

      Thanks Lucy! Cheers!!!

      Reply

  5. Liz @ Ready to Yumble

    This is brilliant! I love asparagus but tend to make the same recipes over and over – this is a new one, and perfect for a busy night! Definitely going on our menu next week.

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    1. Erin

      I hope you love it Liz! I’m a huge fan because it’s easy to make and hands off.

      Reply

  6. McFadden's Glendale

    This looks wonderful! Congrats to a very deserving cook

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  7. Jen Martin (vino travels)

    I love asparagus before even adding all these yummy extras.

    Reply

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