8 servings (serving size: 5 spears)

Best Vegetable Side Dish. We love the way the salty-sweet browned butter highlights the asparagus in this dish. --Recipe by David Bonom (September 2001)

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 400°.

Step 2

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

Step 3

Melt butter in a small skillet over medium heat; cook 3 minutes or until lightly browned, shaking pan occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in soy sauce and balsamic vinegar. Drizzle over asparagus, tossing well to coat. Garnish with cracked pepper and rind, if desired.

Ratings & Reviews

surprisingly good

April 06, 2015
Easter dinner cooking and i was tasked with a side dish to bring.  This one is stupid easy and wowed my food critic/foodie host to the point he begged for the recipe.  I too whisked the butter until it browned.  this will be my go to recipe from now on.  It is "company" good! 

April 07, 2015
i forgot to say I substituted Extra Virgin Olive Oil for the cooking spray.  I am not a fan of cooking spray.

juliecrozier's Review

June 06, 2014
Brown Butter anything, I'll try it! I have trouble with asparagus, so I peel off the scales and cut into 1-11/2 " sections. But I like cooking them this way and the brown butter was divine! I brown butter much longer than 3 minutes. It goes through 2 bubble stages and then just when it starts to turn brown and smell nutty remove from the heat. Never stop whisking it!

Reg1003's Review

April 09, 2013
Fabulous! Easy to make - which is nice when you need it for a gathering - but also quite delicious.

kristen12345's Review

March 24, 2013
I made this for a New Years party and everyone loved it, even the carnivorous guys! I like the addition of the soy sauce and I use this combination often when I make asparagus now. Make sure you pay attention to the sauce because it can burn easily.

TigarLuv's Review

December 12, 2012
Maybe I didn't brown the butter right, but I followed Cooking Lights directions for common cooking mistakes, and I certainly didn't burn it. I'd rather eat the asparagus plain than with this sauce!

SwimmerChic's Review

April 08, 2012
Amazing and very easy. Even my father who doesn't really like asparagus helped himself to a second serving. Made with a bundle from the grocery store that was a lot less than 40 but e nice thing about this recipe is its very easy to make what you need with it. Didn't adjust the sauce quantity and it was still perfect.

hockeymomof2's Review

February 27, 2012
very simple and delicious recipe. We made it last night and didn't change a thing. Highly recommend!

mrmacrae73's Review

December 20, 2011
This is a side dish staple. It is so easy, quick and has an amazing flavor. I use the same sauce recipe for Brussel Sprouts and Broccoli, but roast them a few minutes longer than the asparagus.

Xtylynn's Review

December 08, 2011
Ever since I tried this a few years ago, it is my standard method of cooking asparagus. Sometimes I will toss asparagus with a tsp of olive oil and drizzle with the soy and balsamic before roasting instead of browning the butter, but the brown butter is a nice touch. I agree that you do not want to overcook it.