I love this Roasted Asparagus with Soy Sauce, and this amazing soy-sesame asparagus is a side dish that everyone is going to love! (Use gluten-free soy sauce if needed.) 

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Here is one more idea for cooking asparagus, since I seem to be unable to pass it up when I see it in the market these days! Waaaaay back in 2007 I made Roasted Radishes with Soy Sauce and Toasted Sesame Seed, which ended up inspiring this Roasted Asparagus with Soy-Sesame Glaze. And then for 10 years the recipe hung around in the archives with a photo that was so gruesome I actually deleted it when I took these new ones.

For the updated version I kept the asparagus spears whole and just used a pastry brush to glaze them with the soy-sesame mixture for the last bit of the cooking time. Then just sprinkle some toasted sesame seeds on and you have the most amazing roasted asparagus dish you could ever want!

And this recipe is pretty much perfect for any type of diet, even Paleo or Whole 30 if you use Coconut Aminos (affiliate link) instead of the soy sauce. And asparagus is low in calories too! I’m adding this to my collection of favorite Asparagus Recipes, and I do hope you will try it!

Check out Favorite Low-Carb Asparagus Recipes if you’re a huge asparagus fan like I am! And for those people who just can’t get excited about asparagus, you might like Quick Roasted Broccoli with Soy Sauce and Sesame Seeds which has similar flavors to this recipe!

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How to make Roasted Asparagus with Soy Sauce:

(Scroll down for complete recipe, including nutritional information.)

  1. Preheat oven to 400F/200C.
  2. Trim off the tough ends of the asparagus and arrange asparagus in a single layer on the baking sheet.
  3. Brush asparagus with 1 T peanut oil (or other oil of your choice) and roast for about 15 minutes, or until asparagus is barely starting to get tender and slightly browned.
  4. While asparagus roasts, mix the rest of the oil, soy sauce or Coconut Aminos (affiliate link), and sesame oil.
  5. After 15 minutes, remove sheet pan from the oven and brush asparagus with the soy sesame glaze mixture.
  6. Put it back into the oven for 5-7 minutes more (more or less, depending on how thick the asparagus spears are.
  7. Toast the sesame seeds over high heat in a dry pan for just a little over one minute.
  8. Remove asparagus from the oven, sprinkle with sesame seeds, and serve hot.

Roasted Asparagus with Soy-Sesame Glaze found on KalynsKitchen.com.

Make it a Low-Carb Meal:

Roasted Asparagus with Soy-Sesame Glaze would be great with Garlic, Lemon, and Herb Grilled Chicken Breasts and Wake Up Your Mouth Thai Cucumber Salad for a delicious low-carb meal. Or serve it with something like Baked White Fish with Pine Nut, Parmesan, and Basil Pesto Crust that can cook in the oven at the same temperature.

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Roasted Asparagus with Soy-Sesame Glaze
Yield: 4 servings

Roasted Asparagus with Soy-Sesame Glaze

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes

This Roasted Asparagus with Soy-Sesame Glaze is delicious and easy to make, and this will be a hit with asparagus fans!


  • 1 lb. asparagus, thick spears preferred for roasting
  • 1 T + 1 tsp. peanut oil (see notes)
  • 1 T soy sauce (see notes)
  • 1 tsp. toasted sesame oil (or slightly more if you like a strong sesame flavor)
  • 2 tsp. sesame seeds, toasted


  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. Break one piece of asparagus to see where the woody part of the stalk starts, then cut all asparagus off at that length.
  3. Put asparagus on a baking sheet and brush with the 1 T of oil, turning so asparagus is coated on both sides. (Don’t worry if you don’t use all the oil; just mix it into the glaze.)
  4. Roast about 15 minutes, shaking the pan once or twice to turn asparagus over if you’d like.
  5. While asparagus is roasting, whisk together the 1 tsp. oil, soy sauce, and sesame oil.
  6. When asparagus is starting to get tender and barely starting to brown, remove the baking sheet from the oven and brush with the soy-sesame glaze. Then put the baking sheet back into the oven and roast 5-7 minutes more. Thinner spears will need less time and thicker ones will need more.
  7. While asparagus roasts for the final few minutes, put the sesame seeds in a dry pan and toast over hot stove for just over one minute, or until barely starting to brown.
  8. Remove asparagus from oven and sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds. Serve hot.


If you don't have peanut oil, use another neutral-flavored oil of your choice. Coconut Oil (affiliate link) would be delicious for this recipe. Low sodium soy sauce is fine here; use gluten-free soy sauce if needed. To make this Paleo or Whole 30, switch soy sauce for Coconut Aminos (affiliate link).

Roasted Asparagus with Soy Sesame Glaze was inspired by this recipe created by Jack Bishop for Vegetables Every Day (affiliate link), one of my favorite cookbooks.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 55Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 236mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 3g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Roasted Asparagus with Soy-Sesame Glaze is a good side dish for any low-glycemic or low-carb diet, including any phase of the South Beach Diet. It’s also vegan, and if you use an approved oil and switch the soy sauce for Coconut Aminos it can be Paleo or Whole 30 approved.

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