Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic Brown Butter

Cooking Light

Are you busy looking for quick and easy side dishes for family gatherings?  Here is a tasty and healthy one from Cooking Light.  In fact, it’s listed named “Best Vegetable Side Dish” in their 20th anniversary issue.  I prefer to garnish it with a little fresh orange or lemon zest and plenty of fresh cracked black pepper.




Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic Brown Butter


  • 40 asparagus spears, trimmed (about 2 pounds)

  • Cooking spray
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • Cracked black pepper (optional)
  • Grated lemon rind (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 400°.
  2. Arrange asparagus in a single layer on a baking sheet; coat with cooking spray. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake at 400° for 12 minutes or until tender.
  3. Melt butter in a small skillet over medium heat; cook 3 minutes or until lightly browned, shaking pan occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in soy sauce and balsamic vinegar. Drizzle over asparagus, tossing well to coat. Garnish with cracked pepper and rind, if desired.