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Roasted Asparagus with Cilantro Chimichurri Sauce

Lush green spears blistered to golden and tender, served with a serious drizzle of verdant green sauce, this simple roasted asparagus with cilantro chimichurri sauce speaks earthy elegance. It’s a winning easy vegetable side dish!

Roasted Asparagus with Cilantro Chimichurri Sauce on white platter with glass pitcher of sauce

Asparagus has always been a luxurious treat for me, not for everyday. But when the sexy spears are on sale, weeknight dinners around here step up a notch. Roasted asparagus goes on the menu, all dressedup this a lemony mix of fresh herbs and olive oil.

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What is chimichurri sauce?

Classic chimichurri sauce is made with parsley and red wine vinegar. But it’s not unusual to find other green herb and acid combos like in this bright version made with cilantro, mint, and lemon juice.

Chimichurri is the traditional sauce for grilled meats in Uruguay and Argentina. This recipe proves how perfectly roasted vegetables pair with tangy bright herbalicious chimichurri sauce. Grilled vegetables too.

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What else can you do with chimichurri sauce?

  • Besides vegetables like roasted asparagus, you’ll love cilantro chimichurri as a dipping sauce for sturdy artisanal bread.
  • For a gluten free dipper, cut chickpea socca into wedges and dip away.
  • A spoonful or two of chimichurri brightens up fried or poached eggs too.
  • Try it on baked potatoes instead of butter! Mmmmm.

This recipe shows how to roast asparagus in the oven. It’s also easy to pan-roast asparagus without an oven.

Pan-roasting asparagus is also the easy way to prep ahead.

>>>> First blanch the spears in boiling water for just a minute. Stop the cooking before they’re tender by quickly plunging in a bowl of ice water, remove and place on a dry kitchen towel. When it’s time to serve, toss the blanched asparagus with the olive oil, salt, and pepper and blister in a hot skillet.

cut raw asparagus spears

Roasted Asparagus with Cilantro Chimichurri Sauce details:

  • Chimichurri sauces call for a little picante heat. Ancho chile powder is my go-to for chimichurri, but if you don’t have the ancho chile, use red pepper flakes.
  • This sauce keeps well in the refrigerator–you may even like it better after the fresh herbs spend time infusing their essence into the olive oil.
  • If you blister your asparagus in a skillet, you can pour chimichurri right into the hot pan, then serve immediately right in the pan.
  • Instead of snapping the woody bottoms from the spears, use a knife to cut off the lower part of the stalks. Some cooks, like my mother-in-law, peel the bottom section of the spears.

Love roasted asparagus? Try it with these spiralized sweet potatoes and goat cheese sauce, or as a crowning ring for this Baked Polenta and Cauliflower Torta.

Because asparagus is the vegetable harbinger of spring, and a flavorful chimichurri sauce is timeless, I decided it was time to update this recipe, which was first posted back in 2018.

#Eat Seasonal

Roasted Asparagus with Cilantro Chimichurri Sauce is part of a March seasonal fruit and vegetable roundup. For more delicious seasonal recipes, be sure to visit Vintage Mixer’s March Seasonal Produce Guide and follow the links below for recipes from other bloggers. Our goal is to encourage you into the kitchen to cook something seasonal and delicious!

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  • I could eat asparagus every day and it’s one of my favorite Spring veggies! Love this sauce! Great way to take asparagus up a notch! Reply · 5 March, 2018

    • Thank you Liz! I’m headed to the store today for more! Reply · 5 March, 2018

  • I never got to eat asparagus much growing up which is probably why I eat it almost every day when it’s in season now! Love the chimichurri sauce! Reply · 5 March, 2018

    • I hear you Marcie. We deserve asparagus, especially this time of year. Reply · 5 March, 2018

  • I don’t cook asparagus nearly as much as I should, I forget how much I enjoy it! I love that you added chimichuri on top, I bet it’s so good! Reply · 5 March, 2018

    • Thanks Izzy! Plus there are so many other uses for the chimichurri! Reply · 6 March, 2018

  • Kelly Birch

    We made this tonight and it was so delicious. I ended up dipping everything else on my plate in the sauce. Glad I made enough to use again this week. Reply · 23 March, 2019

  • I just love to eat asparagus. The sauce is so yummy to eat & enjoy. Reply · 18 July, 2019

  • Such a nice article about one of my favorite asparagus. Mouthwatering!!! Keep this up. Reply · 20 July, 2019

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