Brown Butter-Balsamic Roasted Asparagus

Let’s ease on into this Monday with a super-easy (and super tasty!) recipe for Brown Butter-Balsamic Roasted Asparagus.

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This is the perfect, uncomplicated vegetable side dish to whip up with your favorite protein for an easy weeknight meal. It’s been my go-to for quite some time now and basically the only way I prepare asparagus. The nuttiness of the browned butter paired with the rich acidity of the balsamic showcase the roasted vegetable in the most perfect balance of flavors. How can something so simple be so good?

Good and simple is most definitely how we roll these days, and I’m sure you feel the same way. Who wants to spend these fun, long days of summer slaving over the hot oven or stove for any significant amount of time? I’m still recovering from attending a wedding in over 100 degree heat this past weekend so that’s the last thing I want to think about right now.

Speaking of the weekend, what did everyone do? Were you sweltering in the heat or surprised by some late-season rain? We had a great weekend in San Luis Obispo watching our pals Dan & Leah tie the knot (even if it was a scorcher.) Two down and one more to go before our own! Maybe after the next one our wedding will actually start to feel real 😉

But I digress. Back to the very important topic of this post. Even though this Brown Butter-Balsamic Roasted Asparagus does require a little bit of cooking time, it’s literally less than 20 minutes, so no sweat there. And, if you really can’t bring yourself to turn on the oven, you can always cook the asparagus on the grill! Then you’ll just have to turn on the stovetop for less than 10 minutes to whip up your brown butter-balsamic sauce to drizzle over top. Easy peasy.

Brown Butter-Balsamic Roasted Asparagus | CaliGirl Cooking

I love this recipe because it works just as well for a regular weeknight meal as it does for an elegant dinner party. It comes together quickly with very few ingredients, most of which you’ll already have on hand in your pantry. If you’re looking for further menu inspiration, here are a few dishes from my archives that will be the perfect pairing for this Brown Butter-Balsamic Roasted Asparagus:

The perfect start to a Monday meal, because we all know we need a little extra help on this dreaded day of the week. Let’s kick it off on the right foot and take the week by the horns. Because that’s how we roll, right?

Brown Butter-Balsamic Roasted Asparagus | CaliGirl Cooking

Brown Butter-Balsamic Roasted Asparagus
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
A quick and easy vegetable side dish featuring fresh asparagus bathed in a delicious brown butter-balsamic sauce.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: asparagus, family-friendly, spring, vegetables, weeknight
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 187 kcal
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
  • 12 ounces asparagus trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 4 tablespoons butter I prefer Kerrygold
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a jelly roll pan with aluminum foil. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl (or I often use a loaf pan) combine asparagus, olive oil, salt and pepper and mix well. Place olive oil-coated asparagus on prepared jelly roll pan and roast in preheated oven for 10-15 minutes.
  3. While asparagus is cooking, prepare brown butter-balsamic sauce. Place butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook until butter has melted and started to take on a golden brown color. Add balsamic and let cook for just a couple minutes more. Remove from heat.
  4. Remove asparagus from oven and place in mixing bowl or loaf pan again. Pour brown butter-balsamic sauce over asparagus and gently toss to coat. Place asparagus on a platter to serve.
Nutrition Facts
Brown Butter-Balsamic Roasted Asparagus
Amount Per Serving
Calories 187 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 30mg10%
Sodium 394mg17%
Potassium 181mg5%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 993IU20%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 24mg2%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Brown Butter-Balsamic Roasted Asparagus | CaliGirl Cooking

Love these glorious greens <3

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