simple sesame roasted asparagus on a white plate with antique fork

Simple Sesame Roasted Asparagus

(Last Updated On: May 5, 2020)

Simple Sesame Roasted Asparagus

As far as simple side dishes go, this Simple Sesame Roasted Asparagus is as good as it gets. Only a few ingredients? Check. Ready in minutes? Check. Healthy? Check. Although Asparagus is one of my favorite veggies, there is only so much olive oil and lemon-flavored asparagus a girl can take. The sesame adds a subtle flavor profile. Simple Sesame Roasted Asparagus really is the perfect side dish for almost any meal. It’s Vegan, Whole 30, Paleo and Keto friendly!

simple sesame roasted asparagus tips and sesame seeds on baking dish

Current Updates

Anyone else feel like they are in the movie groundhogs day? Today I genuinely had to stop and think if I already washed my face. I then realized that I was thinking of yesterday, or possibly last night. It all just blends together, but either way, I had not done it this morning. This is what my life has become, questioning if I completed my daily routines, because they have become that routine. I keep going back and forth on if these habits are helping me feel some sort of normalcy, or making me feel worse because it’s like I’m living the same day over and over again. Let me know your thoughts below.

On a video chat with a friend we were just discussing what crazy times we are in. If you told us two months ago, this would be our new normal, we would have never believed it. So crazy, how you can have all these plans, then BOOM they just get blown up. What’s crazier is that 350 Million people can have all these plans, then they all get blown up at once. That’s just America. Even though other countries have not been hit as hard, this virus has affected the majority of this planet. I find some solace that we are all in this together, our problems and situations are different, but we are all united in the same struggle. How are you coping with it all? What is your biggest challenge? Let me know below in the comments section.

Asparagus “Tips”

Ha! Have you been impressed with all my puns lately? I think they’re getting better, but maybe that’s just me! I have lots of Asparagus tips for you, so get ready. First, let’s start with the best way to store them. The best way is to think of them is as flowers, therefore you just cut off just a little bit from the bottom, put in a mason jar with the ends submerged in water. And if you want to add a bag to the top to cover them. This is the absolute best way to keep your asparagus fresh and get the longest shelf life out of them. Next up a tip for preparing them, always make sure you cut off the brown woody ends. If you don’t, as a result it will end up ruining the whole dish.

I know this is a food blog, so I’ll give a trigger warning for the next statement. Please skip ahead if you are easily grossed out, or extra sensitive about bodily functions. But I don’t think it’s fair to talk about asparagus without discussing why it makes your pee smell. The culprit asparagusic acid, how original I know! This acid is high sulfur, so when your body breaks it down, your pee might smell. However, rest assured it is entirely natural and non-toxic! Asparagus are loaded with lots of health benefits. It’s a natural diuretic. This property has been shown to help assist with liver and kidney detox. Asparagus also happens to be high in chromium, which is very helpful for the transportation of insulin, which is good news if you are trying to control your blood sugar, and let’s be honest who isn’t!

Tips, Recs, Subs

  • My number one tip for roasting ANY veggie, is to leave the pan in the oven while you preheat the oven. It’s the equivalent of heating a frying pan before putting food in it. When you toss the veggies on the baking sheet, you’ll hear that lovely sizzle sound! This helps to start the outside cooking, before the insides cook, giving you that crispiness we all love.
  • If you don’t have any chopped garlic or garlic cloves you can certainly use garlic powder.
  • No Sesame Oil? No problem, use olive oil. It definitely won’t have that same sesame flavor, but will still taste delicious!
  • If you like your veggies a little more well done, I suggest checking at 15 minutes. After that if the veggies aren’t done to your liking, then you can leave in for five more minutes.
  • Looking for some main dishes to serve this with? Try this Whole 30 Chicken PiccataPaleo Honey Ginger Chicken or Paleo Glazed Meatballs.
simple sesame roasted asparagus in black plate
simple sesame roasted asparagus

Simple Sesame Roasted Asparagus

Delicious, perfectly roasted asparagus with just a subtle hint of sesame. Vegan, Whole 30 & Paleo friendly.
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Dinner, Side Dish


  • Baking sheet


  • 1 Bunch Asparagus
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Sesame Oil
  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic or 1 clove diced finely
  • 1 Teaspoons Sesame Seeds


  • Preheat Oven to 425. Chop off the woody ends from the bottom of the Asparagus. Add asparagus and all ingredients to mixing bowl, let marinate for 5-10 minutes while oven heats up.
  • Place asparagus on baking sheet, roast for 15 minutes, flipping half way through. If you prefer asparagus more well done check at 15, and if not at desired tenderness add 5 more minutes.
Keyword Asparagus, paleo, Sesame, vegan, Vegetables, whole 30

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