When asparagus season arrives here in the Northwest, I try to cook with it as much as possible. It is incredibly fresh and delicious right out of the ground or from the local farmer’s market. This is one of my weeknight “go to” recipes, a super simple and easy way to cook asparagus – roasted asparagus. It pairs well with all kinds of proteins, especially with pasta, chicken and fish.
Thyme and lemon thyme are two of my favorite herbs to cook with, and a little goes a long way. The flavor of fresh thyme is strong and vibrant, so you only need a few sprigs to get a lot of flavor. The lemon and zest add a brightness and beautiful color to the asparagus.
If thyme is not your favorite herb, then experiment with oregano, rosemary or tarragon. Whichever herb you choose, make sure you taste it first to see how strong the flavor is and then add accordingly. You don’t want to overpower the asparagus!
My favorite way to cook asparagus is to roast it in the oven, but you can easily put it on the grill or saute them in a skillet on the stove top. Roasting brings out tons of flavor without making the spears fall apart and the lemon wedges and thyme sprigs hold up better on a roasting pan. Add some sea salt and freshly ground pepper and you have a wonderful side dish in minutes.