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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. He asked me a few months ago for a good asparagus recipe– “maybe something Asian?” 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!
Aren’t they gorgeous?! Asparagus is more than just a pretty face. This flowering spring vegetable has a TON of 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!
If you like the flavor of sesame, then you will LOVE this asparagus side dish. With toasted sesame oil and sesame seeds, you will get your fair share of this taste, but with a dash of Sriracha and soy sauce too!
For more Asian style dishes, check out:
- Baked Orange Sesame Cauliflower
- Zucchini Noodles with Chicken and Creamy Peanut Sauce
- One Pan Sesame Broccoli and Chicken
Roasted Sesame Asparagus
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil. Transfer asparagus spears to sheet.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the sesame oil, soy sauce, sriracha, and garlic. Use a brush to coat the spears. Sprinkle spears 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.
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Have a great weekend!