I love this Asparagus with Soy-Sesame Glaze that’s roasted to perfection on a sheet pan and served sprinkled with sesame seeds. This amazing soy sauce asparagus is a side dish that everyone is going to love!

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Asparagus with Soy-Sesame Glaze shown on roasting pan.

Years ago I made Roasted Radishes inspired by a recipe in one of my favorite vegetable cookbooks, and that recipe ended up inspiring this Asparagus with Soy-Sesame Glaze. And then the recipe hung around in the archives with a photo that wasn’t great, so I’m glad I finally managed to update the pictures!

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

And this recipe is great for people who like soy-sesame flavors and pretty much perfect for any type of diet, see more information about that below! I do hope you will try the Soy Sauce Asparagus, and you can 

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Is the Soy Sauce Asparagus okay for special diets?

This easy and delicious asparagus recipe only has 3 net carbs per serving! And if you use Gluten-Free Soy Sauce (affiliate link) the recipe can easily be gluten-free and it’s also dairy-free. People who can’t have soy can also make this using Coconut Aminos (affiliate link) instead of the soy sauce.

Want more options for roasted asparagus?

Like soy sauce on veggies but not an asparagus fan?

For those people who just can’t get excited about asparagus, you might like Quick Roasted Broccoli with Soy Sauce and Sesame which has similar flavors to this recipe!

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How to make Asparagus with Soy-Sesame Glaze:

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  1. Preheat oven to 400F/200C.
  2. Trim off tough ends of the asparagus and arrange asparagus in a single layer on 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, Gluten-Free Soy Sauce (affiliate link), 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.

Asparagus with Soy-Sesame Glaze shown on roasting pan with plates in back.

Make it a Low-Carb Meal:

The soy sauce asparagus would be great with Garlic, Lemon, and Herb Grilled Chicken Breasts and 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.

Still want more Asparagus Recipes?

Check out Low-Carb and Keto Asparagus Recipes to see all my favorites if you’re a huge asparagus fan like I am!

Asparagus with Soy-Sesame Glaze
Yield: 4 servings

Asparagus with Soy-Sesame Glaze

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

This Asparagus with Soy-Sesame Glaze is a delicious variation of roasted asparagus, and this will be a hit with asparagus fans who like Asian flavors!


  • 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).

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:
Asparagus with Soy-Sesame Glaze is a good side dish for low-carb or Keto diets, and for any phase of the original 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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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
The soy sauce asparagus recipe was first posted in 2007! The photos were updated in 2017, and the recipe was last updated with more information in 2024.

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