Looking for an easy asparagus side dish? Try this Parmesan Roasted Asparagus with Panko breadcrumbs! It is so delicious, simple, and easy to make. I love it.
I love this fun twist on roasted asparagus. The parmesan cheese adds tons of flavor, and the panko breadcrumbs add amazing texture. No more boring asparagus sides!
The asparagus comes out tender crisp, and it’s packed with amazing flavor. Plus, it only takes about 20 minutes to make. It’s the perfect side dish for any occasion, or just for a simple dinner at home.
I love a good, simple roasted asparagus with olive oil, salt and pepper. But, to be honest, it can be boring sometimes. The other day, I tested this recipe for parmesan roasted asparagus with panko breadcrumbs, and it was amazing. I’m so excited to share it with you today!
Imagine this: tender crisp asparagus, topped with crunchy and golden brown panko and grated parmesan. It is seriously so delicious and very, very easy to make. Takes less than 20 minutes!
I’m already planning my Easter brunch menu, and this parmesan roasted asparagus will definitely be included. It’s SO good!
Simple Seasonal Ingredients
You only need a few simple ingredients for this parmesan roasted asparagus recipe. Here, I share what ingredients you’ll need and what each one is for, just to give you an idea. You can find the specific quantities and details in the recipe card down below!
The key for perfect parmesan roasted asparagus is to use fresh asparagus. It’s also important not to overcook the asparagus or it could turn out soggy. You want it to be tender crisp and bright green. About 10-12 minutes in a 400 degree F oven should be enough.
- Fresh asparagus: Use fresh asparagus for best results.
- Grated parmesan cheese: This is for the breading mixture. The parmesan cheese will add savory and cheese flavors. Other cheeses you could use are pecorino romano, parmigiano-reggiano, or grana padano.
- Panko breadcrumbs: Panko breadcrumbs will ensure you get a nice crunchy texture.
- Italian seasoning: For flavor.
- Garlic powder: For flavor.
- Unsalted butter: This will add moisture to the breadcrumbs.
- Ground black pepper: For flavor.
- Olive oil: To drizzle over the asparagus before roasting.
Quick note: you’ll see that this recipe does not call for salt. This is because the parmesan cheese is already salty. If you’re skipping the cheese for any reason or using a mild cheese, definitely do add some salt.
The Panko and Parmesan Topping
The topping for the parmesan roasted asparagus is very simple. I love how it adds so much crunchiness and flavor to the roasted asparagus. It’s all about flavor and texture here!
This parmesan roasted asparagus with panko breadcrumbs is a great idea if you’re getting bored of the traditional olive oil, salt, pepper asparagus. Sometimes I like to switch it up a little bit!
All you have to do is combine the panko breadcrumbs, grated parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and ground black pepper in a bowl. Then, drizzle with melted unsalted butter and combine.
The melted butter will add some moisture to the breadcrumbs, and this in turn will make it turn crunchy and golden brown as it bakes in the oven.
Ready in Less Than 20 Minutes
Asparagus only needs about 10-12 minutes in the oven, so this recipe is definitely super quick and easy. Note: if the asparagus is thick, it may need about 2 extra minutes in the oven.
To give you an idea, here is how to make it:
- Make the breadcrumb and parmesan topping: Simply combine the topping ingredients in a bowl.
- Arrange the asparagus on a large sheet pan (or 2 sheet pans) without overcrowding it. Overcrowding the veggies in the sheet pan could lead to steaming rather than roasting. Toss the asparagus with a few drizzles of olive oil.
- Top the arranged asparagus with the panko and parmesan topping.
- Roast the asparagus for 10-12 minutes at 400 degrees F or until crisp tender and golden brown. If the asparagus is thick, you may need like 2 more minutes.
If you want it even more golden brown, broil it for 1-2 minutes.
It’s that easy to make!
At What Temperature to Roast Asparagus?
Because asparagus is a tender vegetable, it should be roasted at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Try not to go above that.
Roast the asparagus for about 10 to 12 minutes. This roasting time will ensure that you get crisp tender asparagus, as well as a golden brown and crunchy topping. If your asparagus is thicker than usual, it may need about 2 extra minutes in the oven.
If you’re looking for a fun twist to a classic, try this parmesan roasted asparagus with panko! I love it because it’s so delicious and crunchy.
I love the texture, the flavors, and the freshness of the asparagus. It’s really the perfect side dish for any occasion.
I hope you like this parmesan roasted asparagus recipe as much as I do!
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Tips for Success
- Don’t overcrowd the sheet pan. Overcrowding leads to steaming rather than roasting. Use a very large sheet pan or 2 sheet pans, if needed.
- Roast at 400 degrees F. Asparagus is a tender vegetable, so it doesn’t need a very high roasting temperature.
- It only needs to roast for 10-12 minutes, or until tender crisp. If the asparagus is thicker, it may need an extra 2 minutes or so. It’s quick!
- If you want the topping to be a bit more golden brown, broil it for 1-2 minutes at the end.
Parmesan Roasted Asparagus with Panko
- 1 ½ pounds fresh asparagus, trimmed (see note)
- Olive oil for drizzling the asparagus
- ⅓ cup grated parmesan cheese
- ⅓ cup panko breadcrumbs
- ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Make the breadcrumb and cheese topping: In a bowl, mix the panko, grated parmesan, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, ground black pepper, and the melted butter. Stir to combine. Note: no need to add salt, as the parmesan cheese is already salty.
- Toss the asparagus with about 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil. Arrange on a large sheet pan or 2 sheet pans. Note: Do not overcrowd the sheet pans. Overcrowding leads to steaming rather than roasting.
- Evenly distribute the breading mix over the asparagus.
- Roast for 10-12 minutes until the asparagus is just tender. If the asparagus is thicker, it may need 2 extra minutes or so. If you want the topping to be more golden brown, broil for 1-2 minutes. Serve immediately. Enjoy!
- Special equipment: large sheet pans.
- Trimming the asparagus: The bottom part of the stalk of asparagus is usually woody and tough, so I recommend chopping that part off. Chop it right where you see the green part of the stalks turn white-ish.
- Don’t overcrowd the asparagus in the sheet pan. Use 2 sheet pans if needed. Overcrowding leads to steaming rather than roasting.
- Use fresh asparagus for best results.