Roasted Asparagus with Pistachio Lemon Gremolata

by Pamela

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Are you still steaming your asparagus? Well…stop it! I suppose there’s nothing wrong with steamed asparagus. It gets nice and tender, it’s bright green (just like Spring) and it tastes pretty good. But what if I told you that there was an easier way to prepare asparagus and it tastes even better than steamed? There is…’s time you started making roasted asparagus.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again (and probably again and again), roasting vegetables is epic. Okay…I’m not talking life changing epic, but it makes eating your vegetables a whole lot easier. The high heat cooks them relatively fast and it caramelizes the sugars in the vegetables so they taste a bit sweeter. It’s a whole new way to experience your usual ho-hum veggie.

Easy Roasted Asparagus with Gremolata for Spring

Roasted asparagus is a big favorite around here, and the only way we eat it now is roasted. All it takes is a quick wash, cutting off the hard ends, a slather of olive oil, a sprinkle of salt and pepper and 7-12 minutes in the oven. That’s it. AAAANNNNNNDDDDDD….you can slide the baking sheet in the oven with whatever you may already have in there. Saves time and dirty dishes. Woo Hoo!!!

While roasted asparagus, all by itself, is delicious I thought I’d top it with a crunchy and tangy topping (gremolata). Just scoop up some of the gremolata with each serving of asparagus. This pistachio lemon gremolata give the soft roasted asparagus a bit of a crunch and tanginess. WTH is a gremolata? In a nutshell, it’s a chopped herb condiment that generally contains parsley and lemon along with other ingredients. But it’s so much more than herbs. You can mix a bit of this and a bit of that to create a delicious gremolata that you can serve with meats or vegetables. Here’s a gremolata, with fresh horseradish, that I serve with salmon.

Pistachio Lemon Gremolata

So grab a bunch, or two, of that gorgeous asparagus that’s all over right now. Just crank up the oven and give it a quick roast and top it off with this crunchy/tart gremolata and enjoy asparagus in a whole new way.

Roasted Asparagus with Pistachio Lemon Gremolata
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Forget steaming that asparagus, toss it in the oven and roast it. Roasted asparagus takes about 15 minutes and tastes so much better than steamed.
Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Serves: 2-4
  • 1 Pound Fresh Asparagus (hard ends cut off)
  • 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil (divided)
  • Kosher Salt
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • ⅔ Cup Parsley (chopped)
  • ⅓ Cup Roasted and Salted Pistachios (shelled and chopped)
  • 1½ Tablespoons Lemon Zest
  1. Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees Farneheit.
  2. Coat asparagus in 1 tablespoon olive oil and arrange in a single layer on rimmed baking sheet.
  3. Sprinkle a good pinch of kosher salt and a few grinds of black pepper over the asparagus.
  4. Slide asparagus into the oven.
  5. While that's cooking...mix up the gremolata.
  6. Add the parsley, pistachios and lemon zest to a bowl.
  7. Pour 2 Tablespoons of olive oil into bowl with parsley, nuts and zest. Give it a good stir to mix everything up evenly.
  8. Remove asparagus from oven when it's slightly browned and tender (about 7-12 minutes).
  9. Arrange asparagus on platter and either top with gremolata or serve gremolata with the asparagus.


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Maureen | Orgasmic Chef May 15, 2014 at 1:10 am

I love asparagus and I’m seeing so many recipes lately from you northerners. I can’t wait for the first shoots to come up in Spring so I can try this.

John@Kitchen Riffs May 14, 2014 at 10:09 am

We love roasted asparagus! We still make it other ways, but this is our usual. Love the idea of adding gremolata — what nice flavor that adds.

Pamela May 14, 2014 at 6:43 pm

Hi John, yep…the gremolata adds a whole new level of flavor to the veggie. 😉

Nancie May 14, 2014 at 8:44 am

Beautiful recipe – perfect Spring/Summer vegetable side for all those grilled meats we’re getting ready to whip up!

Pamela May 14, 2014 at 6:44 pm

Thanks Nancie.

Toss the asparagus onto the grill with the meats. It tastes even better than roasting it in the oven!

Georgie May 14, 2014 at 7:46 am

That is just beautiful food!

Pamela May 14, 2014 at 6:44 pm

Thank you so much for that Georgie! You just made my day. 🙂

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