by Olena

Broiled Asparagus

by Olena

5 from 2 reviews

Broiled asparagus

I have broiled asparagus recipe for you that keeps your hands oil free and mess to a minimum. And it is so easy, even my 12 year old knows how to broil asparagus! Not to mention that all you need is 5 ingredients, 4 of which are asparagus itself, oil, salt and pepper. The 5th one is garlic and there is no way around it because I am Ukrainian.

This broiled asparagus comes out crunchy and still tender. The only way anyone should be eating asparagus. No mushy boiled mess like I used to make at 25.

How to Broil Asparagus

broiled asparagus recipe

1. In a medium-large rectangular baking dish place asparagus. Drizzle with oil, top with garlic and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place lid on top or wrap with foil or plastic wrap. Holding by the ends shake and toss dish until seasonings coated asparagus.

Broiled asparagus goes back to my university years. I was studying business with a Russian girl, Natasha. She taught me a cool trick how to season asparagus without getting my hands oily. She placed asparagus and seasonings in a rectangular plastic Ziplock container, covered with a lid and shook gently. Then she microwaved it in the same container.

What dish should I use?

I have this rectangular Glasslock storage container with a lid and that is what I used to season asparagus and broiled in it as well. However, a few readers have reported that this glass baking dish can shatter. So, from now on I will be using a ceramic baking dish.

how to broil asparagus

Well, needless to say we are not going to microwave any recipe on iFOODreal (I do not even own a microwave anymore).

2.  Heat broiler and remove lid from the dish. Place it 5-6 inches below the broiler and broil for 7 minutes (I have gas) or start checking after 5 minutes. Asparagus is cooked when al dente, crunchy but softer.

What to Serve Asparagus With?

Broiled asparagus goes well with baked chicken breast. Or I have a killer recipe – chicken breast with tomatoes cooked on the stove in minutes and perfect for summer.


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Broiled Asparagus

5 from 2 reviews

Broiled asparagus with garlic, oil, salt and pepper is a 10 minute baked asparagus side dish recipe. Cool trick to dirty no hands and make crunchy roasted asparagus.

  • Author: Olena of
  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Cook Time: 7 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Side
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: North American


  • 1 lb asparagus, ends trimmed & washed
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil
  • 12 garlic cloves, crushed
  • Scant 1/4 tsp salt
  • Ground black pepper, to taste


  1. In a medium-large rectangular baking dish place asparagus. Drizzle with oil, top with garlic and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place lid on top (if dish has one) or wrap with foil or plastic wrap and holding by the ends shake and toss dish until asparagus is coated evenly with seasonings. Takes a minute or so.
  2. Turn broiler on High. Remove lid (foil or plastic) from the dish and place it 5-6 inches below the broiler. Broil for 7 minutes (I have gas) or start checking after 5 minutes. Asparagus is cooked when al dente, crunchy but softer. Just taste test one. Serve with fish, chicken, pork etc.

Store: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

 Did you make this recipe? Please give it a star rating in the comments.

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Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

What You Will Find Here

Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

A Little More About Me

Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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  1. I tried this recipe and finally my asparagus came out crunchy but soft and absolutely delicious. Its simple and tasty. Thank you Olena!

    1. Yay! Last year I got asked by another blogger why I do not have any asparagus recipes. I said because I do not like the pee smell and I honestly had no idea how to cook it simply and without a mush mess. This year I am so glad the broiling option hit me after I broiled my Thai salmon! Enjoy!

  2. Just a heads up, I have (or had) a similar baking dish & put it under the broiler. It exploded so just be careful! It was a terrible mess 🙁 As for the recipe, I do the same thing only broil on a cookie sheet, so so good!

      1. Two things. Thanks for the delicious simple recipe (and noting that mushy asparagus is NOT acceptable!) Second, YES glass cookware under the broiler is dangerous. Usually they say on the bottom not to use them under flames. I learned this the hard way. I took a glass baking “pan” out with steaks on it and when I lay it down on the stove top after removing it from the oven, the whole things shattered. (Yikes). Thanks again!

        1. OMG, that is very dangerous all those shrapnels flying around. You know, I’m going to change the recipe and whole thing to ceramic baking dish. Thanks for the advice and glad recipe worked for you.

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