Photo: Raymond Hom; Styling: Pamela Duncan Silver
Hands-on Time
7 Mins
Total Time
25 Mins
8 servings (serving size: 5 spears)

Toss roasted asparagus in browned butter, seasoned with soy sauce and a splash of balsamic vinegar, for a super easy side dish that's big on flavor.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 400°.

Step 2

Arrange asparagus in a single layer on baking sheet; coat with cooking spray. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake at 400° for 12 minutes or until tender.

Step 3

Melt the butter in a small skillet over medium heat; cook for 3 minutes or until lightly browned, shaking pan occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in soy sauce and vinegar. Drizzle over asparagus, tossing well to coat. Serve immediately.

Chef's Notes

Finish the asparagus just before serving dinner. Cooking the butter until it browns slightly gives the dish a nutty flavor; watch carefully, though, since it can burn easily.

Also appeared in: Cooking Light, September, 2001

Ratings & Reviews

Best asparagus recipe ever!

January 27, 2016
This is the best asparagus recipe ever!  Everyone loves it, even those who don't really love asparagus.  This dish goes with all meat dishes beautifully.  Expect loads of compliments and requests for your recipe!!

Imagine your kids fighting over's that good!

July 23, 2015
My family loves this version of asparagus. We now use the glaze on many of our other veggies too!

jklutz06's Review

November 03, 2013
So simple, so good!! Even my kids loved it!

steponme's Review

October 02, 2013
Love the smell of butter browning, but OMG, when you add the balsamic vinegar, that heavenly smell is taken to another level! The roasted asparagus pair so well with the balsamic browned butter. This is so good;-).

auntcy1's Review

October 02, 2013
This is an outstanding recipe that is very easy to prepare. I have served this with holiday meals and regular every day meals and it never disappoints. I have also adapted this sauce for other veggies. It's become our classic.

Mandypope's Review

September 26, 2013
This sauce is so incredibly yummy! I plan to use it on other veggies in the future. The beauty is in the simplicity.

GayleR's Review

June 26, 2013
Easy and delicious.

ESmith6's Review

April 22, 2012
Wow, this is good! I made it as written and I will make it again...probably a lot! I think the sauce would be good with other things, too. Or maybe I could just eat it plain??

sletkeman's Review

February 04, 2012

SandiMcMc's Review

January 01, 2012
I made this side dish as a part of our Cooking Light Virtual Supper Club. Here is the blog link - - It was simple with only a handful of ingredients. The result is a light and simple side dish. Y'all enjoy ~ Sandi @ The WhistleStop Cafe