Roasted Asparagus with Garlic, Lemon & Thyme

 Roasted Asparagus with Garlic, Lemon & Thyme Recipe

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This is a simple recipe for roasted asparagus. I added lots of chopped garlic for the wonderful, garlicky taste while lemon and thyme complement the dish with their mild citrusy flavour.  This is a delightful side dish which will complement any meal. Garlic, lemon & thyme are common ingredients used for roasting chicken or turkey, so if you have leftover of these ingredients, this is one additional fuss-free side dish you can make for the Christmas dinner.

How to Prepare Asparagus

Roasted Asparagus with Garlic, Lemon & Thyme Recipe

(before roasting)

Roasted Asparagus with Garlic, Lemon & Thyme Recipe

For convenience of cleaning, line the roasting tray with aluminium foil before putting in the asparagus.


  • 20 medium to thick stalk asparagus (do not use pencil-thin types)
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 5 garlic cloves peeled & finely chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves peeled and gently bruised
  • 3 lemon slices
  • 2 sprigs of fresh thyme (for better results, dip them in hot water for 30 seconds before use)
  • 2 dried bay leaves optional
  • half lemon
  • salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste


  1. Prepare the asparagus by trimming & discarding the bottom ends and removing the outer skin on the stalks.
  2. Coat asparagus with olive oil. Season with sea salt and black pepper. Arrange asparagus spears one layer on a roasting tray.
  3. Top asparagus with garlic, lemon slices, thyme and bay leaves. Squeeze the juice of half a lemon (not too much – you want a mild citrus flavour but not sour taste).
  4. Roast the asparagus in pre-heated oven of 200°C (392°F) for about 20 minutes, or until the tips start to brown slightly.