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How to Cook Frozen Asparagus

Once you know how to cook frozen asparagus, you’ll make it part of your weekly dinner rotation. It’s so easy to roast frozen asparagus for a fast and healthy side dish all year long.

frozen asparagus on a grey plate with a lemon slice

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Asparagus season is my favorite of the veggie seasons, but it’s SO short! Thankfully, you can turn to the freezer section to enjoy this delicious vegetable all year long. Knowing how to cook frozen asparagus is about to make your life awesome.

Once you become obsessed with roasting frozen veggies (it’s inevitable when you realize how easy it is), check out this entire guide on how to roast frozen vegetables. The Roasted Frozen Brussel Sprouts, Roasted Frozen Cauliflower, and Roasted Frozen Broccoli are especially popular!

Want to roast without even turning on the oven? Check out my Air Fryer Asparagus recipe. And if you’d like to freeze your own, this guide will walk you through how to freeze asparagus.

SUPPLIES You’ll need

You’re going to need:

  • a baking sheet with rimmed sides. I have these from Amazon and use them almost daily.
  • oil – olive, avocado, coconut, etc. If you prefer to use an oil spray, I make my own using a Misto.
  • salt – optional. I use Maldon but feel free to leave off or use your favorite.
  • parchment or foil – optional. It makes for quicker cleanup, but it is a disposable item. If you use foil, spray it with olive oil spray before adding the veggies. Want something that’s not single-use? Try a reusable silicone baking sheet.

Pro TIPS FOR COOKING FROZEN Asparagus

  1. Fully preheat the oven. It is so tempting to start cooking while the oven is preheating, but doing so will give you soft veggies.
  2. Preheat the pan and oil. After the pan has preheated, add some of the oil to it and stick it back in the oven for 2 minutes. A hot pan and hot oil will give the veggies a jump start on the roasting process.
  3. Don’t crowd the pan! Give the stalks plenty of space to roast. Too much veg all smushed together will cause the water to steam instead of evaporating. Try using two or even three pans if you want to roast larger batches.
  4. Add shredded cheese (Parmesan, asiago, and gruyere are favorites) in the last 3 minutes of roasting.

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roasted frozen asparagus on a grey plate

WEIGHT WATCHERS POINTS

One serving has 1 WW Freestyle SmartPoints.

How to Roast Frozen Asparagus

Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time17 mins
Total Time19 mins
It’s so easy to roast frozen asparagus for a fast and healthy side dish.

Ingredients

  • 16 oz frozen asparagus {do not thaw before cooking}
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • pinch of sea salt {optional}

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Place the pan in the oven while it preheats.
  • Once the oven is up to temp, add the olive oil to the pan and put it back in the oven for 2 minutes. (if using parchment, I often put the olive oil in a small oven-safe dish on the baking sheet)
  • Add the frozen asparagus to the hot pan, toss in the oil, and bake for 12 minutes. Stir and bake an additional 5+ minutes depending on how crispy you like it.
  • {optional}: Sprinkle finished asparagus with sea salt.

Notes

Do NOT thaw asparagus before adding it to the baking sheet.
 
Frozen Asparagus in Air Fryer:
  • Place frozen asparagus in air fryer basket.
  • Spray with olive oil.
  • Bake at 390 F for 7 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
How to Roast Frozen Asparagus
Amount Per Serving (4 oz)
Calories 40 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 2mg0%
Potassium 229mg7%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 857IU17%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 27mg3%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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