Balsamic Roasted Asparagus With Fleur De Sel and Parmesan

"This is based on a recipe from Second Helpings from Union Square Cookbook. Much to the dismay of family and friends, I could never learn to appreciate asparagus. It always reminded me somehow of eating grass. But I tried this recipe and finally found a way to love asparagus. This is incredibly simple, but the combination is superb. Spending the extra to get true fleur de sel is really worth it for this dish."
photo by Sandi From CA photo by Sandi From CA
photo by Sandi From CA
photo by Makanani photo by Makanani
Ready In:




  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  • Wash the asparagus and break the tough ends off (no need to peel them in my opinion).
  • Place the asparagus in a roasting pan and drizzle on the oil and sprinkle with the pepper.
  • Shake the pan to coat the asparagus evenly with oil.
  • Place in the oven and roast until asparagus is softened but retains a little crunch, about 10 to 12 minutes.
  • Watch it carefully!
  • It's so sad to overcook it!
  • Remove from oven, arrange on a serving platter and top with the balsamic vinegar, fleur de sel and freshly grated parmesan (no kraft please! Use the real stuff).
  • Serve immediately.

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  1. RedVinoGirl
    Oh man..this was PERFECT. Saved a relatively miserable dinner tonight. LOVED this. Super flavorful...super easy. I didn't measure the balsamic vinegar but followed the rest to the letter. LOVED IT!!!!
  2. ihvhope
    SO GOOD!!! We loved this and I can't wait to eat Asparagus again. Yum!!!!
  3. L.A. Stewart
    Unbelieveable! Sooooo good I ate the whole batch myself! LA :-)
  4. EAnnette! This was soooo good! I devoured most of this dish because hubby and daughter predictably didn't care for it. That's their loss though! :) Thank you!!
  5. robinlp
    I made this for a dinner party over the weekend and it was so easy to prepare and got RAVE reviews!! Everyone loved it! I even prepared it in the morning and just stuck it in the oven before dinner and it came out great.



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