Roasted Asparagus with Chive-Anchovy Butter

Lemon zest, anchovies, chives and garlic bring complex bright, savory flavor to the butter coating this asparagus. Toasted breadcrumbs add crunch.

Roasted Asparagus with Chive-Anchovy Butter
Photo: Photographer / Jacob Fox, Food styling / Sue Mitchell, Food Styling / Kelsey Bulat
Active Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
Nutrition Profile:


  • 1 pound asparagus, trimmed

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • ½ cup fresh whole-wheat breadcrumbs

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature

  • 2 tablespoons minced chives

  • 3 anchovy fillets, minced

  • 2 cloves garlic, grated

  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon


  1. Place a rimmed baking sheet in the oven; preheat to 450°F.

  2. Toss asparagus with oil, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Transfer to the hot pan. Roast until browned and tender-crisp, 4 to 6 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, toast breadcrumbs in a small dry skillet over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until crispy, 3 to 5 minutes.

  4. Combine butter, chives, anchovies, garlic and lemon zest in the bowl and mash into a paste with a fork.

  5. Add the hot asparagus to the butter, drizzle with lemon juice and toss until the butter melts. Transfer to a serving platter and sprinkle with the breadcrumbs.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

141 Calories
10g Fat
11g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 141
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 4g 8%
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 18mg 6%
Sodium 276mg 12%
Potassium 164mg 3%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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