This Roasted Sesame Asparagus recipe is a simple vegetable dish that’s perfect for quick weeknight meals! Crispy asparagus soaks up the flavors of sesame oil, soy sauce, and Sriracha. Make some extra sauce, and serve with salmon for a delicious dinner.
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We should probably rename this recipe “the easiest and tastiest vegetable side dish ever” but who am I to say?! I actually owe the credit for the development of this recipe to my brother Matt. He asked me a few months ago for a good asparagus recipe. “Maybe something with soy sauce?” he said. And so the wheels began to turn.
Of course I didn’t get around to creating this Roasted Sesame Asparagus until asparagus season was here (aka right now). So without further adieu, let’s talk about one of my favorite spring vegetables!
Asparagus is more than just a pretty face. This flowering spring vegetable is a good source folate, a B vitamin that is crucial to brain health, mood, heart health, and the development of babies. You may be familiar with folic acid, the synthetic form of folate that is added to prenatal vitamins.
Asparagus is nutritious and all that jazz, but really one of my favorite things about this veggie is the unique flavor it adds to dishes and how well different seasonings complement this taste. Raw asparagus provides a delicious, earthy flavor for cold salads. Steamed asparagus tastes great with a squeeze of lemon and a sprinkle of sea salt. And roasted asparagus? Well, I used to think it just needed olive oil and a few herbs. But now I KNOW that sesame is the way to go!
How to Make Roasted Sesame Asparagus
- Wash and dry asparagus spears. Transfer to a lined baking sheet.
- Whisk together the sesame oil, soy sauce, Sriracha, and garlic.
- Brush the asparagus with the marinade. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
- Roast until crispy, and dig in!
Aren’t asparagus spears just gorgeous?! For the full ingredients list and instructions, scroll down to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
- Try to find thin asparagus for this recipe. The thinner the stalks, the crispier they will get in the oven!
- If you need your roasted sesame asparagus to be gluten-free, use tamari in place of soy sauce.
- Pair this side dish with salmon or stir-fries for a complete meal.
Looking for more asparagus recipes while you’re here? You’ll love the Asparagus Pasta Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing, Vegan Balsamic Asparagus Mushroom Soup, Shaved Asparagus Salad with Mint Tarragon Dressing, and Baked Brown Rice Risotto with Asparagus.
Similar Vegetable Side Dishes
For other easy vegetable sides that have flavors similar to this roasted sesame asparagus, check out:
- Sesame Ginger Roasted Bok Choy
- Chili Sesame Sautéed Broccolini
- Purple Radish Salad with Sesame Dressing
- Sesame Bell Pepper and Cucumber Noodle Salad
Roasted Sesame Asparagus
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil. Transfer asparagus spears to the baking sheet.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the sesame oil, soy sauce, Sriracha, and garlic. Brush the asparagus with the marinade. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes or until spears are crispy. Depending on how crispy you want them, you can choose to bake for 15 minutes.
- Try to get thin asparagus for this recipe. It will crisp up better in the oven.
Have a great weekend! – Lizzie