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Appetizer, Vegetarian |50 calories per serving|15 minute recipe

Roasted Asparagus with Garlic

This content was last updated on April 27, 2020

Asparagus is a vegetable that is packed with nutrients including fiber, folate and vitamin A. In this recipe, garlic gives the dish a unique flavor and added health benefits, as garlic contains allium compounds, which have been linked with anti-cancer activity. This dish is easy to make and can be added as a side to any meal!


  • 1 lb. fresh asparagus (medium width)*
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Lemon wedges, as garnish
Makes 4 servings. Per serving: 50 calories, 2.5 g total fat (0 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 0 mg cholesterol, 5 g carbohydrates, 3 g protein, 2 g dietary fiber, 0 mg sodium, 2 g sugar, 0 g added sugar.


  1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees.
  2. Rinse asparagus and break off tough ends.
  3. In shallow roasting pan, place asparagus and coat with oil.
  4. Sprinkle with garlic and salt and pepper, to taste.
  5. Roast uncovered for 6-10 minutes (depending on width of spears). Shake pan occasionally to mix. Serve with lemon wedges.


*Fresh or frozen asparagus may be used. If using frozen asparagus do not defrost and skip step 2 in directions.

This recipe is reprinted from The New American Plate Cookbook, which features 200 mouth-watering recipes and color photos. It is available from bookstores and online booksellers. Proceeds from sales fund cancer research.

This recipe contains cancer fighting foods:

This recipe was specially crafted to support cancer prevention and survival. It adheres to AICR's Cancer Prevention Recommendations. Learn more about our recipe guidelines.

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