Sesame Roasted Asparagus

by Kelli on April 9, 2013

Sesame Roasted Asparagus

I’ve had some crazy things going on here for the past few days.  Last Thursday morning I woke up in a really foggy haze that can best be described as feeling drunk and hungover at the same time, in a really bad way.  I started to consider what I had to drink the night before, and it dawned on me that it had been over a week since I had a glass of wine or a beer.  Maybe I was just still groggy.  As I popped out of bed, a rush of dizziness swept through my body and I was met with a head rush that sent me spinning.  Maybe I just got up too quick.  My walk to the kitchen was more like a stumble.  I bounced from wall to wall to doorway to coffee table and onto the couch.  The longer I was upright, even sitting, the more the room was spinning wildly around me.  I thought if I could just have a glass of ice water, maybe some coffee and toast, I could shake it off and still make it to work on time.  Then the nausea hit.  I briefly considered that I might have vertigo, but dismissed the idea just as quick – how on earth would I get vertigo.

Sesame Roasted Asparagus

Later in the day (when I could hold myself upright for more than 10 minutes) I made my way to the doctor, and after forking over my newly outrageous co-pay, he diagnosed me in less than 3 minutes.  He had me sit on the edge of the examination table and close my eyes (enter a surge of dizziness and lightheadedness), as he moved my head from side to side at mach 10 speed, or very slowly (who was I to judge).  Whoa….someone stop the carnival ride!!  When I opened my eyes I had no idea whether I was spinning or if it was the room was the spinning, but it was not stopping and it was nauseating beyond belief.  No question about it, I had vertigo.

Sesame Roasted Asparagus

There’ve also been some great things spinning around my world lately, like Sesame Roasted Asparagus with Shiitakes!  Yes folks, asparagus is back in season and I’ve been all over it!  Sure you can find asparagus all year long at the grocery store, but that doesn’t mean it’s actually in season locally.  And asparagus in mid-December is not the same as asparagus from the farmers market in early April.

This is a great side dish with any spring meal.  It can be easily doubled or tripled, if you’re cooking for a group, and it comes together in a snap.  Or, top this fresh plate with a couple poached eggs and you’ve got a perfect spring lunch.

Sesame Roasted Asparagus


Sesame Roasted Asparagus

Yield: Serves 4


  • 1 lb. (approx. 2 bunches) asparagus, cleaned & ends trimmed
  • 6-8 medium shiitake mushrooms, stems removed & sliced
  • 3 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon white sesame seeds, for garnish
  • 1 teaspoon black sesame seeds, for garnish


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Spread the asparagus spears and mushrooms across a baking sheet in a single layer. Drizzle with sesame oil, and roll asparagus across the pan so that all pieces are evenly coated. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Place the baking sheet in the oven and cook for 10-12 minutes (depending on the thickness of the spears), until tender when pierced with a fork.

Transfer asparagus to a serving bowl and garnish with black and white sesame seeds.

Serve immediately.

Sesame Roasted Asparagus

Enjoy….and check back Friday for another one of my favorite recipes featuring asparagus!

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Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and VEggies April 9, 2013 at 9:05 AM

Ugh, vertigo is THE WORST! I get it semi regularly, and definitely any time I get a bad cold it hits. Do they give you anything for it? My doctors have always given me vicodin and told me sleep it off (okay, thanks. let me just try to sleep while riding the scrambler). On a happier note, your asparagus sounds delightful! I hope it offered you some comfort while the room was bouncing around.


Kelli April 10, 2013 at 6:51 PM

Wow, I could not imagine having this on a semi-regular basis! I’ve been taking Mezicline, which is maybe helping, but I can’t seem to shake the tail end of this. The first couple days I was exhausted beyond belief, it was crazy. The asparagus was definitely comforting :)


Jessica@AKitchenAddiction April 9, 2013 at 3:35 PM

Sorry to hear that you have vertigo!! Hope you are able to get it under control soon!
Roasted asparagus is one of my favorite dishes! Can’t wait to try your variation!


Kelli April 10, 2013 at 6:53 PM

I hear you on the roasted asparagus…mine too. Can’t get enough lately!


Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain April 10, 2013 at 1:42 PM

Oh, no!! I’m sorry friend! I hope you feel better soon! If it makes you feel better, your asparagus is beautiful!!


Kelli April 10, 2013 at 6:52 PM

That does make me feel better :) Thanks, Lauren!


Monet April 10, 2013 at 6:44 PM

Oh I’m so sorry to hear about the vertigo! I’ve heard it is the worst. I hope you feel better soon! This asparagus looks amazing. It is my mom’s favorite vegetable so I look forward to making it for her soon. Thank you for sharing!


Kelli April 10, 2013 at 6:54 PM

Thanks for the kind words! Hope you & your mom enjoy this!


Sweet as Sugar Cookies April 11, 2013 at 2:11 AM

That asparagus is now calling to me.


Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste April 11, 2013 at 10:17 AM

Hope you’re feeling better ASAP! And these photos are absolutely stunning!


Kelli April 11, 2013 at 10:10 PM

Thanks, Kelly!


Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl April 12, 2013 at 1:02 PM

I LOVE roasting asparagus, and adding mushrooms makes it sound even better!! Thanks for sharing :).


Susan Swan April 30, 2013 at 10:10 PM

I just tried this delicious recipe. It’s going on my short list of favorite & easy ways to prepare asparagus. Missed the direction for the mushrooms, but they nestle up with the stalks for roasting, yes? Next time, I’ll slice them a little thicker. Used the dish as an accompaniment, but a lot of it would make a great light entree to maximize asparagus season.


Kelli May 1, 2013 at 6:41 AM

Sorry for the mushroom omission in the recipe – updating it now. To make this a light meal, try topping with a poached or fried egg…delicious!


Donna April 15, 2014 at 4:50 PM

You might want to call around and find a physical therapist that is trained in vestibular correction. This sounds kinda mystical and strange, but the crystals in your inner ear can get out of whack and cause the dizziness. If you get the crystals back into the fluid of the inner ear, you will get rid of the dizziness.

Google “BPPV” Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo.


Mac July 3, 2014 at 11:17 PM

This is one of my go-to asparagus recipes these days. It’s pretty healthy, and has big sesame and woody shiitake mushroom flavor. I usually do a 3.5-oz. package of fresh mushrooms with 1 bunch of asparagus, which admittedly is more mushroom than the recipe says to use. I slice the mushrooms fairly thick and arrange them on top of the asparagus, taking care not to cover the tips of the asparagus so that they get crispy.


Kelli July 12, 2014 at 6:58 AM

Awesome! I’m so glad you like it! Your version sounds great :)


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