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Baked Asparagus with Balsamic Butter Sauce


"This is a simple and delicious side dish. Fresh asparagus is baked until tender, and dressed with a blend of butter, soy sauce, and balsamic vinegar."
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25 m servings 77 cals
Original recipe yields 4 servings


  • Calories:
  • 77 kcal
  • 4%
  • Fat:
  • 5.9 g
  • 9%
  • Carbs:
  • 4.9g
  • 2%
  • Protein:
  • 2.8 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 15 mg
  • 5%
  • Sodium:
  • 269 mg
  • 11%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
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  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  2. Arrange the asparagus on a baking sheet. Coat with cooking spray, and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Bake asparagus 12 minutes in the preheated oven, or until tender.
  4. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Remove from heat, and stir in soy sauce and balsamic vinegar. Pour over the baked asparagus to serve.


  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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This was so FLAVORFUL! I doubled the sauce only I took the suggestions of others & used just 1 tbp. of soy & 2 Tbp. of balsamic. I did brown the butter (what an aroma!) & also reduced the balsam...

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I don't think I care for the 2 strong flavors of the balsamic and soy on a delicate vegetable such as asparagus. My soy sauce was even low sodium. Don't think I'll make again...

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This was so FLAVORFUL! I doubled the sauce only I took the suggestions of others & used just 1 tbp. of soy & 2 Tbp. of balsamic. I did brown the butter (what an aroma!) & also reduced the balsam...

I've been making asparagus this way for the past couple of years. I discovered the recipe in an issue of Cooking Light magazine (the only difference is in Cooking Light they use kosher salt and...

Not only healthy but good for you! A MUST: Brown the butter for the full richness of this side dish!

i have made this recipe on many occasions, since first seeing it in Cooking Light magazine. I would suggest watching the asparagus carefully, as it goes to tender crisp to crisp quickly. also,...

This was fantastic! I think it would be great on green beans as well. If i had one recomendation, it would be to up the balsamic to 2 teaspoons, as it had more of a soy taste overall. Also, s...

Wow! I used smart balance instead of butter, and did as other posters and used 1t of soy sauce and 1T of balsamic vinegar. With the asparagus, I used EVOO spray, ground pepper, light drizzle o...

WOW!!! I was not expecting to like this and I definitely didn't think my kids would. But we all LOVED it!!!! This is easy, tasty and good for you!! I did what others suggested, I 1) Browned the ...

This is one of those recipes where the sum is more than the parts. If you like asparagus, it is amazing how good this is. Bake asparagus until it gets tender and starts to carmelize - if you t...

Very good and a very easy way to not overcook your asparagus-which is so easy to do. I took others suggestions with the sauce and swapped the amounts for the soy and balsamic(1tsp soy, 1 tbs ba...