Prep Time
10 Mins
Bake Time
15 Mins
Cook Time
4 Mins
Makes 10 servings

The secret to browning butter without burning it is to use smell as a test for doneness--it should have a nutty aroma.

How to Make It

Step 1

Snap off and discard tough ends of asparagus.

Step 2

Arrange asparagus evenly on a lightly greased 15- x 10-inch jelly-roll pan. Drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper; toss to coat.

Step 3

Bake asparagus at 400° for 15 minutes or just until tender.

Step 4

Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, 4 minutes or until butter is lightly browned. Remove from heat; stir in soy sauce and balsamic vinegar. Drizzle over asparagus, tossing to coat. Serve immediately.

Ratings & Reviews

mrmacrae73's Review

May 13, 2012
Excellent and so easy! Also a great way to make brussel sprouts

CookinMB's Review

January 17, 2011
This was so easy to make & truly the best asparagus I have EVER had! The sauce is wonderful....sweet & buttery at the same time. Highly recommended!

SamKrawciw's Review

October 15, 2010
I would not have thought that soy sauce and balsamic vinegar would taste so good together but this recipe really works! Paired with a steak and sauted mushrooms... Yumm.

sby1955's Review

October 09, 2010
My family loved this! We had a house full of college kids and my boys and this was a hit! It's fun to prepare a nutritious side dish in a new way. I am making this for dinner tonight!

Sastenger's Review

September 25, 2009
Wonderful! I wasn't a big fan of asparagus, but I made this because my mother is. Now I love it too! It is now my go to recipe for asparagus.

dthaar's Review

June 24, 2009
My husband and I made this dish last night and it was amazing. The Balsamic butter was just perfect. I cut the recipe in half since there were only two of us, but look forward to serving for guests in the near future!

sarahkaye's Review

November 05, 2008
Utterly fantastic - my favorite way to serve asparagus.