It's in the name: simple! For the spring season's darling asparagus, you don't need to do much to make it shine. Adding lemon juice right before serving provides a special brightness that makes the asparagus pop.
Technique tip: If you don't have a citrus reamer for the lemon, press and roll the whole lemon on the counter before slicing it in half. Then stick the tines of a fork in the half as you squeeze the lemon to get the most juice. Let the juice pass through your clean fingers to catch any seeds.
Preheat oven to 425°F.2.
Clean spears, cut off woody ends and arrange on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and lightly toss to coat. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.3.
Roast in the oven for about 12 minutes.4.
Drizzle with fresh lemon juice and serve.