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The Best Purple Asparagus Recipe

on August 17, 2021
last updated June 5, 2024
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This is the best purple asparagus recipe! Simply roasted with minimal ingredients, allowing your beautiful produce to shine.
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Looking for the perfect healthy side dish for any meal? Look no further. This is hands down the best purple asparagus recipe!

It’s simple, delicious, adaptable, and really allows that beautiful purple asparagus to shine. Plus, it takes just 15 minutes and only requires just one sheet pan. Doesn’t get any better than that.

platter of purple asparagus with two forks next to it

Inspired by my education in environmental science, I am always trying to highlight sustainable ingredients. Asparagus, when sourced locally and in season, is considered a sustainable crop.

Check when asparagus is in season in your area with this Seasonal Food Guide.

Relative to most other vegetables, asparagus has a lower water footprint and has little to no pesticide residue. It’s also a resilient crop, making its energy requirements low.

Green tip: Organic farms rely on biodiversity to generate rich soil, avoiding the use of pesticides and fertilizers, which means no toxic runoff. Consider organic purple asparagus for this recipe.

Roasted Purple Asparagus Tips and Tricks

How to Store Purple Asparagus

Once you find your beautiful asparagus and take it home, it will stay fresh for about a week if you store it correctly.

Place the asparagus in a jar, tips facing up, and fill it with about 2 inches of water as pictured below.

You can then place a bag on top and store the whole jar in your refrigerator to keep it fresh. You can use this same storing technique for green and white asparagus, too!

storing raw purple asparagus in a mason jar with water

Prepping Purple Asparagus

Just like green or white asparagus, purple asparagus tend to have rough or “woody” ends. It’s best to take the ends off before roasting.

But don’t throw those ends out! Save them in the freezer along with your other veggie scraps to make your own vegetable broth.

Green tip: Did you know that of the billions of pounds of food wasted annually, it is estimated that 50% of it happens in our homes? It’s always best to avoid food waste as much as you can!

The easiest way to remove your ends is to hold the asparagus in two hands and snap it. It will naturally break where the ends start to get tough.

snapping asparagus to get rid of woody ends

Sometimes Simple Is Best

I kept this recipe super simple because purple asparagus is so delicious on its own. You really only need a few key ingredients to make it shine.

Here’s everything you need:

  • Purple asparagus. Consider organic to go with the most environmentally conscious choice.
  • Olive oil. To coat the asparagus before roasting, to get the best texture.
  • Salt & pepper. To amp up the asparagus’ natural flavor.
  • Other flavor enhancers (optional). Some examples include Parmesan or any other type of cheese, minced garlic, crushed red pepper, garlic powder, lemon juice, and/or butter.
overhead view of all ingredients needed for purple aspargus recipe on a green wooden background - purple asparagus, black pepper, salt, and olive oil

Don’t Be Scared To Get Your Hands Dirty

In order to perfectly roast your purple asparagus, it’s important to make sure they have an even coat of olive oil. Spread your prepped asparagus out on a baking sheet and pour the olive oil on top.

Then, use clean hands to toss the asparagus and olive oil, making sure each piece of asparagus is completely coated.

Other Topping Suggestions

You can keep it as simple as salt, pepper, and olive oil, or you can add some other toppings to spruce your asparagus up! Pictured here, I simply added some shaved Parmesan for a little extra texture and salinity.

Some other delicious toppings include minced garlic, crushed red pepper, garlic powder, lemon juice, and/or butter.

But don’t let me stifle your creativity! Go wild! Maybe some hot sauce for some heat, truffle oil to make it more gourmet. This simple recipe allows you to really make this purple asparagus your own!

adding salt to baking sheet of purple asparagus

Purple Asparagus Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between green and purple asparagus?

While green and purple asparagus taste very similar, purple asparagus tends to be a little more tender and sweet.

Does purple asparagus stay purple when cooked?

Purple asparagus does tend to lose some of its beautiful color when cooked. Too much heat will turn your purple asparagus completely green.

Is purple asparagus genetically modified?

Purple asparagus is non-GMO. It’s a product of conventional plant breeding.

plate of roasted purple asparagus

Why You Should Make this Purple Asparagus Recipe

  • It’s simple. Utilizing minimal ingredients to help the purple asparagus shine.
  • It’s easy. Less than 30 minutes and only a sheet pan required.
  • It’s tender! Purple asparagus is so naturally tender, it’s delicious after just a quick 8 minutes in the oven.

If you’re loving this Purple Asparagus Recipe and are looking for more yummy veggies, check out this Quick Garlic Lemon Asparagus and these Sweet & Salty Brussels Sprouts.

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15-Minute Fork-Tender Purple Asparagus Recipe

5 from 9 votes
Marley Goldin
This is the best purple asparagus recipe! Simply roasted with minimal ingredients, allowing your beautiful produce to shine.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 servings


Roasted Purple Asparagus

  • 1 bunch purple asparagus
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

Optional Topping Ideas

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspooons lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Parmesan
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder


  • Preheat your oven to 425°F.
  • Rinse your purple asparagus and break off the tough ends by holding the asparagus in two hands and snapping. The stalks will naturally break where the asparagus starts to get tough.
  • Spread your prepped asparagus out on a large baking sheet and pour the olive oil on top. Use your hands to toss the asparagus to ensure each piece is evenly coated in oil.
  • Align asparagus on the baking sheet so they are not stacked on top of each other, and add salt and pepper.
  • Roast for 8-10 minutes, until the purple asparagus just starts to turn dark green. Add your toppings of choice and enjoy hot.

Pro Tips

  • Purple asparagus does tend to lose some of its color when heated, so if your asparagus gets mostly green, it will still be delicious!
  • Asparagus tips can be composted or used to make your own vegetable broth.
  • If you want more healthy veggie side dishes, check out this list of Best Roasted Vegetables.
  • For more delicious asparagus recipes, check out this list of Best Asparagus Recipes.
Course Appetizers, Sides
Cuisine American
Diet Vegan
Keyword 30 Minutes or Less, Easy, Healthy, Purple Asparagus, Quick, Sheet Pan, Spring
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  1. 5 stars
    Thank you for sharing this recipe. We bought some purple asparagus at the farmers market and are very excited to try it.

    1. You’re welcome, Pat! I LOVE a good farmers market, one of my favorite things to do at the weekend. I hope it turns out deliciously!!

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