Roasting asparagus spears in a very hot oven or grilling them gives them a unique and delicious flavor and texture. Try this easy recipe and serve them warm or cold.
1 ½ pounds fresh asparagus
3 tablespoons virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons finely grated lemon zest
1. Preheat the oven to 475 degrees.
2. Snap off the tough woody ends of the asparagus and rinse the spears. Drain on paper towels. Spread the asparagus out on a cookie sheet. Mix the olive oil with the lemon zest and pour the mixture over the asparagus and make sure they are covered on both sides with the flavored oil.
3. Roast the asparagus 10 to 12 minutes, or until they are tender when pierced with the tip of a knife. Alternatively, you may grill or steam the asparagus for 4 to 5 minutes until tender. Arrange the asparagus on a serving plate and serve hot or cold.
© Nina Simonds 2008.