This baked asparagus recipe is a flavorful and easy side dish that compliments a variety of meals. It’s cheesy, savory, and versatile, pairing well with seafood, chicken, or red meat.

Baked asparagus in a baking sheet topped with cheese.

Baked Asparagus Recipe

Asparagus is a healthy vegetable packed with Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Vitamin B9, potassium, and fiber. This roasted asparagus recipe is a delicious, mess-free way to prepare this vibrant vegetable. You’ll love the crisp-tender texture of the asparagus, the salty notes in the cheese, and the light crunch of the breadcrumbs!

Why You’ll Love this Recipe

  • Kid friendly. This cheesy asparagus will be a hit even with picky eaters.
  • Great for parties. The oven-baked asparagus is a quick, simple dish that can be served alongside a wide spread of meals at your next event!
  • Customize to your liking. You can adjust for the type and amount of cheese, or opt to leave it out for a lighter side!
  • Minimal prep time and cook time. Nothing beats a side dish that takes little effort, especially if you’re preparing a main dish that requires more hands-on time!
Asparagus in a baking sheet.

Baked Asparagus Ingredients

The ingredients for this asparagus are fridge and pantry basics and can be adjusted to use up what you have in the fridge.

  • Asparagus – for the best texture in the baked asparagus recipe, be sure to buy an asparagus bunch that can still stand straight, is smooth, and does not show signs of wilting. These could be thick asparagus or thin spears.
  • Cheese – we love the way parmesan and mozzarella cheeses complement one another in the recipe.
  • Breadcrumbs – add a pleasant crunch to the asparagus.
  • Seasoning and fats – toss the asparagus in olive oil, salt, and pepper and top with butter for the perfect color and flavor.

For a full list of ingredients and quantities, see the recipe card below.

How to Bake Asparagus

Oven-baked asparagus is one of the simplest, healthiest side dishes to make to complete your dinner.

  • Preheat oven: Preheat your oven to 375°F.
  • Prep asparagus: Start by aligning the asparagus stalks and snap off the woody ends, about one inch. Lay the trimmed asparagus spears in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet.
  • Season with kosher salt and black pepper: Drizzle olive oil over the asparagus and sprinkle with salt and pepper, to taste. Toss the asparagus to evenly distribute the seasonings.
  • Top with cheese: Add the shredded mozzarella cheese over the asparagus, then add the butter cubes, parmesan cheese, and breadcrumbs.
  • Bake: Bake the asparagus for 10-12 minutes, or until the asparagus is your desired tenderness. Tip: Bake time will depend on how thick the asparagus is! To test for doneness, pierce the thick spear with a fork. The fork should easily pierce the thickest asparagus. Thin spears will take less time.
  • Serve and enjoy, friends!
Cheesy asparagus in a bking sheet with a spoon on the side.

Substitutions and Variations

Here are a few ideas on ways you can modify the asparagus recipe to adapt it.

  • Leave off the cheese: For a lighter side dish that’s lower in calories, leave off the cheese and roast the asparagus with seasonings. Or, cut back on the cheese using only half.
  • Add fresh lemon juice: If you forgot the cheese, try drizzling freshly squeezed lemon juice over the asparagus and sprinkling a pinch of lemon pepper seasoning on top for a slightly different, yet just as delicious, flavor!
  • Balsamic glaze: If serving asparagus as a side for an Italian main course dish, try baking with only parmesan cheese, and drizzling with balsamic glaze. Garnish with some fresh herbs, like basil to compliment the Italian flavors of your meal.

Serving Suggestions

Here are just a few serving ideas to get you started. The beauty of this asparagus recipe is that it pairs with almost any main course dish!

REcipe FAQs

What kind of asparagus is best?

Use asparagus that is still firm to the touch, that can stand straight, and one on which the tips have not begun to spread or soften.

Can I make the asparagus in the air fryer?

You can make cheesy asparagus in the air fryer following our Air Fryer Asparagus instructions.

How should I store fresh asparagus?

Fill a jar with about 2 inches of water. Add the asparagus to the jar and refrigerate it to preserve its freshness until you’re ready to roast!

Close up of asparagus in a baking sheet.

Store & Reheat

  • Storage. Store the cooked asparagus for up to 2 days in the fridge, wrapped tightly in aluminum foil or in an airproof container. The asparagus should be enjoyed as soon as possible, as the texture will change quickly in the fridge.
  • Reheat. To re-crisp, air fry the asparagus or add to a preheated oven for a few minutes to re-melt the cheese and re-crisp the asparagus.
  • Freeze. We do not recommend freezing the roasted asparagus. 

More Side Vegetable Recipes

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Cheesy Baked Asparagus Recipe

Author: Valentina
Cheesy Asparagust Gratin Recipe
5 from 2 votes
This baked asparagus recipe is the perfect side dish to compliment your main course dinner. It takes little time to prepare and can bake, hands-off, while you cook your other dishes!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 servings


  • 1 pound fresh asparagus
  • 2 Tbsp Olive oil or Canola oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup Mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter cubed
  • 1 Tbsp Parmesan cheese grated
  • 2 tsp plain breadcrumbs


  • Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  • Align the ends of the asparagus and trim the ends. Lay the asparagus out in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle the asparagus with oil and lightly season it with salt and pepper. Toss the asparagus to evenly coat with the seasonings.
  • Top the asparagus with the mozzarella cheese. Top the cheese with cubes of butter and sprinkle the shredded parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs over the asparagus.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes until the asparagus is tender (this may take longer, depending on the size of asparagus and desired tenderness).
  • Serve immediately and enjoy, friends!


Leave off the cheese: To cut some calories or make the side dish dairy free, leave off the cheese and bake with a touch of lemon seasoning.
Serve: Serve the asparagus with mashed potatoes, chicken, or your favorite beef recipes.


228kcal Calories5g Carbs9g Protein19g Fat8g Saturated Fat38mg Cholesterol256mg Sodium250mg Potassium2g Fiber2g Sugar1225IU Vitamin A6.4mg Vitamin C183mg Calcium2.6mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Cheesy Baked Asparagus Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 228 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 38mg13%
Sodium 256mg11%
Potassium 250mg7%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 1225IU25%
Vitamin C 6.4mg8%
Calcium 183mg18%
Iron 2.6mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
(The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)