An elegant and easy side dish, this spicy masala oven roasted asparagus is full of flavor and a perfect vegetarian side dish to serve alongside your favorite mains.
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Ingredients in Spicy Masala Oven Roasted Asparagus
- Asparagus — look for fresh, firm stalks and remember to snap the tough bottom ends (about 1 inch or so) off before roasting.
- Avocado Oil — We use Chosen Foods brand 100% pure Avocado oil.
- All Purpose Masala Seasoning — we use our blend of prepared masala spice, but if you don’t have it you can add individual spices.
Variations of Oven Roasted Asparagus
Another popular flavor combination to try with baked asparagus is avocado oil, garlic and parmesan cheese. It’s easy to follow the same baking method here, just use a blend of oil, minced garlic (one or two cloves) and freshly grated parmesan (a tablespoon or so) to coat your asparagus and bake them similarly in the pan.
Health Benefits of Asparagus
Asparagus is a highly nutritious vegetable, high in folate and folic acid. It is fiber rich and contains vitamin C and potassium.
What to Serve With Masala Spiced Asparagus
You can serve this asparagus dish with your favorite meat dishes such as oven roasted chicken breasts, grilled steak or roast beef. Similarly, you can pair roasted asparagus with your favorite grilled or baked fish.
You will need to prepare the asparagus by snapping off, and discarding, the bottom tough piece (bottom inch or so) of each asparagus stalk. You will be able to feel where the natural snapping point should occur if you bend each stalk a little toward the bottom.
This is one of the first cooking tasks I learned as a kid. My grandmother was an expert delegator in the kitchen and knew just how to keep me busy when I would visit.
I remember snapping the ends of asparagus and similarly the ends of green beans. She also had me mix the salads for a really long time because that was essential! And now, our kids help us with these same kitchen tasks.
If you have kids in your kitchen, these are perfect beginner tasks that they can help with. It’s never too early to acquire some age appropriate kitchen skills!
We keep a cutting board stand that holds enough cutting boards for each of our children, along with some safe knives for them to help with chopping vegetables and fruit and making salads.
When choosing asparagus, look for firm stalks without any deterioration of the tops of the asparagus. They should be fresh and without any bad odor or discoloration.
The asparagus should last for three to five days in the fridge. If you’ve ever had asparagus go bad on you, you know how disappointing that is. So I would recommend to plan ahead to use it within a day or so after purchase, just to be sure.
After they’re cooked, oven roasted asparagus can be kept in an air tight container in the refrigerator for three to five days, but the flavor and texture is best within one or two days. You can freeze cooked asparagus if you really want to, wrapped tightly in freezer bag or freezer safe container, but I have never had that be necessary 🙂
You’ll Also Love These Asparagus Recipes
This asparagus cucumber salad is another easy and flavorful asparagus side dish that never fails! You will love it with any BBQ style dinner or your favorite mains.
We often serve tomato cucumber asparagus salad with Italian or Greek menus. It’s a great side dish for any of our PITA PIZZA recipes. However you choose to enjoy it, you can’t go wrong!
Spicy Masala Oven Roasted Asparagus
- 1 bunch Asparagus
- 1 tablespoon Avocado Oil
- 1 teaspoon Masala Seasoning
Masala Seasoning (Yield 1 teaspoon for this recipe only)
- ¼ teaspoon Garam Masala
- ⅛ teaspoon Cumin, ground
- ⅛ teaspoon Coriander, ground
- ⅛ teaspoon Turmeric
- ¼ teaspoon Salt, Himalayan
- ⅛ teaspoon Chili Pepper , or cayenne
- Preheat oven to 400°
- Wash and drain asparagus.
- Snap off the tough bottom ends (approximately one inch) of each stalk and discard them.
- Place asparagus into an oven safe baking dish.
- Add the avocado oil and masala seasoning blend.
- Toss to coat the asparagus evenly with the oil and spices.
- Bake in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until tender crisp. Check every so often after ten minutes to ensure the asparagus doesn't over cook (depending on thickness of your asparagus).
The above nutritional values are estimates and should only be used as a guide. If you are following a specific diet or have dietary restrictions, please use your preferred nutritional calculator. If you have a food allergy please ensure that none of the listed ingredients are part of your restrictions. As well, always use a food thermometer to ensure safe cooking temperature of the food items.