This oven roasted lemon Parmesan asparagus recipe is an easy and low carb side dish for any occasion. A tasty flavor combination of lemon, garlic and parmesan cheese goes so well with fresh asparagus. You only need 5 ingredients and about 25 minutes to make. An easy, tasty and healthy side dish with only 2.4g net carbs per serving!
You might also like this wrapped asparagus with goat cheese!
I really like asparagus as does my hubby. Now that asparagus is in season I thought I’d make something a little different for us as a side dish. Usually we just steam them and add a little bit of butter.
However today we are roasting them with lemon, garlic and grated parmesan cheese to make this easy roasted lemon Parmesan asparagus side dish. Even Max liked this one. Then again it’s a vegetable with cheese so he was bound to like it. 😉
Roasting asparagus gives it a depth of flavor and the parmesan cheese adds a savory, crunchy coating. The lemon zest just brightens the whole dish!
This is the perfect side dish to eat on busy weeknights but also is an elegant side dish for a fancier meal or for entertaining. You only need a few simple ingredients and you can make this low carb asparagus side dish in 25 minutes!
Asparagus a healthy and low carb vegetable.
Asparagus in general is great on a low carb diet. This vegetable has such great taste and it’s easy to prepare. One cup has only 32 calories and 0.6g net carbs!
It’s also high in vitamin K, is a natural diuretic and a great source of fiber. Learn more about the health benefits of asparagus here.
Recipe ingredients I used.
All you need to make this simple side dish which just happens to be low carb is fresh asparagus, olive oil, grated parmesan cheese, crushed garlic and lemon zest. You can also season with salt and ground black pepper too. Or add a few crushed red pepper flakes to add some heat.
This recipe should be made with fresh and not canned asparagus. Frozen asparagus could work but you should thaw them first and try to get rid of any excess water from them before coating with olive oil and cheese.
Note I only use the zest and not the lemon juice for this recipe. If you wish you can add a squeeze of lemon juice in with the olive oil mixture. I really just wanted the bright flavor of the zest today.
How to make roasted lemon parmesan asparagus.
Step 1: Preheat oven to 400°F. Spray a rimmed baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray and set aside. You can also cover with a piece of parchment paper or use a silicone baking mat.
Step 2: Clean asparagus and cut off the woody ends. Then place them on the prepared cookie sheet. In a small bowl mix together the olive oil, parmesan cheese, lemon zest and crushed garlic.
Then spoon over the asparagus spears on the baking sheet. I used my hands to make sure to coat the spears and then sprinkled a bit more cheese on top.
Step 3: Pop them in the preheated oven for about 20 minutes or until they are tender and start to brown. Cooking time may vary depending on the size of your asparagus. the ones I used today are thinner asparagus spears.
When they are done, let the roasted asparagus cool for a few minutes then transfer to a serving dish. Store leftover in an airtight container. Please scroll down to view the printable recipe card.
What to serve this vegetable side dish with.
I usually serve this dish with a meaty main dish like steak, chicken, salmon, pork or fish. We often eat this with a grilled flank steak in the summer or this chicken with balsamic mushrooms dish in the fall.
It also goes great with orzo, pasta, white rice or cauliflower rice if you are on a keto diet.
Other low carb asparagus recipes to try.
I have many low carb asparagus recipes on the blog. Below are a few of my favorite recipes.
- asparagus with green goddess dressing
- wrapped asparagus with goat cheese
- lemon asparagus noodles with shrimp or creamy dijon noodles (see below)
- creamy orzo with asparagus, mushrooms and peas
- asiago asparagus fries in the air fryer
So if you are like me and normally eat steamed asparagus, give this roasted asparagus recipe a try. It’s so easy and I love that it’s low carb. I’m sure your family will love it. Enjoy!
The nutrition for 1 serving is: 100 calories / 7.9g fat / 4.8g carbs / 2.4g fiber / 4g protein = 2.4g net carb
- 1 pound asparagus, fresh
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- zest of one lemon
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
- salt and black pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 400°F and spray a cookie sheet with nonstick cooking oil. Or you can cover the baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper or use a silicone baking mat.
- Clean your asparagus and cut off the woodsy ends.
- Place the asparagus on the prepared baking sheet. In a small bowl mix olive oil, garlic, lemon zest and 2 tablespoons of the Parmesan cheese. Pour over the spears and mix well. You may have to use your hands to make sure everything covered in the cheese mixture.
- Sprinkle remaining 1 tablespoon of parmesan cheese over top. Season with salt and black pepper.
- Place in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes until tender and golden brown. Cooking time may vary depending on the size of you asparagus.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 100Unsaturated Fat: 0g