Balsamic Asparagus is a beautiful and delicious recipe that celebrates Spring. With just a handful of ingredients and twenty minutes, you can make a gourmet side dish for a holiday meal or a regular weeknight.
I love going to the farmer’s market as often as I can, and eating with the seasons. Granted, here in the Midwest, “the seasons” are approximately one week of Spring, a long hot Summer, and then a little bit of Fall before a dark, depressing Winter.
If you own a Spring jacket, you maybe get to wear it once or twice a year, if you play your cards right.
I also think earthy, savory asparagus is a natural pairing for tart, tangy balsamic glaze. This balsamic asparagus recipe is a simple side dish that my family has on repeat whenever local asparagus is available.
About this balsamic asparagus recipe:
If you include making the glaze, this recipe has just five ingredients (plus salt and olive oil), making this balsamic asparagus recipe so so easy to pull together.
There is a link to a homemade balsamic glaze recipe in the recipe card below, or you can buy pre-made balsamic glaze at the grocery store.
You will need a half batch of homemade balsamic glaze for 1 pound of asparagus. I have ideas on what to do with the other half of the batch below!
Simply cook the asparagus using your favorite preparation method – roasting, grilling, sautéing, broiling, boiling – whatever you like!
Here, I chose to quickly roast the asparagus, which allowed it to become tender enough to eat and got some brown roasty flavor on it.
What you’ll need to make this roasted asparagus with balsamic glaze:
- asparagus – you will need 1 pound of fresh asparagus for this asparagus with balsamic glaze recipe. Trim the woody stem end of each stalk (about the bottom 1 to 2 inches of the stalk).
- balsamic vinegar – it goes without saying that this is the key ingredient in the glaze! Because you’ll be reducing the vinegar to half of its original volume, that means the flavor will concentrate, too. Which means you’ll want to start with a nice mid-range vinegar for roasted balsamic asparagus. Doesn’t need to be super high end, but it’s also not the time to use the really cheap bargain stuff, either. Eataly has a lot of good information on how to buy balsamic vinegar.
- light brown sugar – this balances the acidity of the vinegar and adds to the syrupy consistency of the glaze for this balsamic asparagus recipe.
- soy sauce – this isn’t traditional in most balsamic glaze recipes, but it is in mine! Rather than salt, I use soy sauce to season the glaze, because it also adds a punch of umami, too. It’s also not traditional in homemade gravy, but I also use it there for the same reasons.
- unsalted butter – I like to swirl a pat of butter into the glaze at the end of the cooking process, to enhance the mouthfeel and flavor of the glaze.
Other uses for this balsamic glaze for asparagus:
As mentioned above, you’ll only need half a batch of homemade balsamic glaze for 1 pound of asparagus (4 servings).
You can simply halve the ingredients of the glaze and make just a half batch for this balsamic asparagus recipe, or, as I prefer, you can make a full batch and use the remaining glaze to spruce up other meals throughout the week!
Balsamic glaze is so good when served over a variety of protein. I love drizzling it over thinly sliced, rare steak and steak lettuce wraps.
It’s also delicious served over roasted or grilled chicken, even when it has been marinated in buttermilk chicken marinade first!
It also adds a special finishing touch to my sockeye salmon recipe, shrimp or almost any other type of seafood you can think of.
I think balsamic glaze really shines when it’s served with vegetables, and not just asparagus. I love balsamic glazed carrots and parsnips.
And when I’m not making maple Brussels sprouts, I absolutely adore Brussels sprouts with balsamic glaze.
- 1 pound fresh asparagus, woody stems trimmed (about 1 to 2 inches of bottom of stalks)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 batch Balsamic Glaze
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
- Place asparagus on large rimmed baking pan. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Toss until well combined. Arrange asparagus in single layer on pan.
- Transfer asparagus to oven and cook 8 to 15 minutes or until tender-crisp. Cooking time will depend on thickness of asparagus spears. Check for tenderness by piercing asparagus with paring knife.
- Transfer asparagus to serving platter and drizzle with some balsamic glaze. Serve any remaining glaze on the side, to pass at the table.
Home Chef Tip: Asparagus can be prepared using your favorite preparation method - roasting, grilling, sautéing, broiling, boiling, etc.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 119Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 176mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 2gSugar: 9gProtein: 3g
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