You want this side “ace” in your back pocket. 15 minute restaurant worthy Balsamic Brown Butter Roasted Asparagus is quick and easy but tastes gourmet enough for any company or special occasion (like Mother’s Day!).
I love asparagus. They are just so happy. Tall, and gangly but bursting with bright green “welcome spring” confidence. They are perfectly crisp and require nothing but roasting in a little olive oil, salt and pepper to taste delicious. But if you add some nutty, brown butter, tangy balsamic vinegar and soy sauce, you quite possibly have the best asparagus ever. AND it doesn’t take any extra time than roasting regular asparagus because you make the 3 minute sauce while the asparagus is roasting with pantry staples you probably have on hand right now.
When I first saw this recipe on Cooking Light, the reviews were really positive, but I still expected to change it a bit as I always try to make the best possible version I can of anything and everything. But to my surprise, I found this asparagus perfect in its simplicity.
Simply roast the asparagus in a little olive oil, salt and pepper…
Until tender crisp.
Meanwhile, brown your butter for 2-3 minutes…
Drizzle over your roasted asparagus…
And you won’t be able to stop eating this asparagus! I really do love it as much as candy – was eating stalk after stalk with my fingers just like candy – for quality control purposes, of course.
For extra special occasions, you can even top the roasted asparagus with 5 Minute Perfect Caramelized Nuts (which I like to keep on hand for such occasions) and you you might as well triple the batch.
- 50 asparagus spears, trimmed (1 large bunch)*
- olive oil
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 teaspoons low-sodium soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
- freshly cracked salt and pepper
- 1/4 recipe 5 Minute Perfect Caramelized Nuts (optional)
- Preheat oven to 400F degrees.
- Add asparagus to a large baking sheet and lightly drizzle with olive oil. Toss to evenly coat and arrange asparagus in a single layer. Season with freshly cracked salt and pepper. Bake at 400F degrees for 8-10 minutes or until tender but still crisp.
- The last few minutes of cooking, melt butter in a small skillet over medium heat. Once melted, cook approximately 3 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in soy sauce and balsamic vinegar. Drizzle over asparagus to taste, tossing well to coat. You may not use all of the Balsamic Brown Butter.
- Garnish with orange zest (optional) and caramelized almonds, pecans or walnuts (optional).
Barely adapted from Cooking Light
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