Asparagus with Breadcrumbs and Lemon Zest

Fresh spears don't need much beyond a hit of acid and a toasty crunch. (Simply snap off the stalks to trim.)

  • Servings: 4
Asparagus with Breadcrumbs and Lemon Zest

Source: Whole Living, May 2012


  • 1 bunch asparagus, trimmed (about 1 pound)
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • Coarse salt and ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup coarse breadcrumbs (from 2 slices whole-wheat bread pulsed in a food processor)
  • Grated zest of 1 lemon


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. On a rimmed baking sheet, drizzle asparagus with oil, turning to coat, and season with salt and pepper. Roast, shaking sheet once, until asparagus is crisp-tender and tips are golden, 12 to 14 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, warm butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add breadcrumbs and stir until toasted. Season with salt and stir in lemon zest. To serve, top asparagus with breadcrumbs.


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