Toaster Oven Roasted Asparagus Spears take just 15 minutes to cook in your little oven. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and a sprinkle of chopped walnuts for a delicious and healthy vegetable side dish for two.
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Oven roasting, or more specifically toaster oven roasting, is my favorite way to prepare asparagus.
That’s because it’s super quick, requires little effort and greatly enhances the flavor and sweetness of the asparagus.
To keep the spears intact and fit them in a little toaster oven like ours you’ll need to make a smaller amount. A half-pound of asparagus was the most we could fit in an even layer on our rimmed toaster oven cookie sheet.
If you’re looking to cook a larger bunch of asparagus check out this recipe for Roasting Asparagus in a Toaster Oven.
~ Keep scrolling there’s step by step photo directions after the recipe ~
- 8 ounces fresh asparagus spears , washed and dried
- 1/2 tsp grape seed oil or olive oil (or your favorite cooking oil)
- Fine grain sea salt and black pepper
- 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon chopped raw walnuts
- Preheat your toaster oven to 425 F and cut or snap the ends off the asparagus.
- Place asparagus on a cookie sheet with the tips all facing the same direction.
- Drizzle oil over asparagus and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roll the spears around the pan to evenly coat in oil and seasoning.
- Place cookie sheet in toaster oven with the tips facing the door and roast at 425 F for 7 to 11 minutes until fork tender but with a slight crispness.
- Remove pan from oven, drizzle balsamic vinegar over asparagus and sprinkle with chopped nuts.
For thinner asparagus use 1/2 teaspoon oil. If your asparagus is on the thicker side use 3/4 teaspoon oil.
Nutritional information is an estimate for 1 of 2 servings.
How To Roast Asparagus Spears In Your Toaster Oven
Preheat your toaster oven to 425°F and cut or snap the ends off the asparagus. Place asparagus on a rimmed baking sheet with the tips all facing the same direction.
Next, drizzle the asparagus with a small amount of your favorite oil (we used grapeseed) and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
To evenly distribute the oil, use your hand to roll the asparagus side to side on the pan. Each piece will get coated with just the right amount of oil.
Now that we’re all oiled up, toss that asparagus into your preheated toaster oven to roast for just a few minutes.
You’re looking for it to be tender, lightly browned at the tips and still slightly crisp. In our toaster oven, thinner stalks are usually done in 7 minutes and about 11 minutes for large/thicker stalks.
Wanna start digging into those yummy looking roasted asparagus spears?
Wait for just one more second while we quickly turn them into a fancier “that came from your toaster oven!” side dish with a drizzle of quality balsamic vinegar and tablespoon of chopped walnuts.
Okay, now let’s eat!
If you love roasted vegetables, you might also enjoy:
- These Sweet & Tangy Balsamic Roasted Carrots are delish! Fresh whole carrots roasted to crisp-tender perfection then drizzled with balsamic vinegar for a tangy finish.
- Delicata squash is the easiest squash to cook in your toaster oven. Roasted slices make a great addition to cheesy black bean quesadillas or you can cook them as boats to stuff with a filling quinoa grain salad.
- Love sweet potatoes? Check out these Addictive Roasted Sweet Potato Rounds, you can bake up a batch in just 30 minutes! From pizza style to ricotta cheese with blueberries, the options for topping your sweet potato slices are endless.