Roasted Asparagus with Lemon Cardamom Sauce

By: Cassy Joy Garcia

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I don’t think I’ve ever loved a veggie side dish more than I love this Roasted Asparagus with Lemon Cardamom Sauce.  Bold statement, I KNOW, but hear me out.

Roasted Asparagus with Lemon Cardamom Sauce

We take what is quite possibly the easiest vegetable in the history of all vegetables to cook, and we jazz it up with a sauce that is so incredible that I can sum it up in one word: HEAVEN.  We’ve got butter for a rich flavor, lemon for a bright, fresh tang, and cardamom for a subtle spice that really makes this dish special!


Roasted Asparagus with Lemon Cardamom Sauce

Asparagus is that one vegetable that I’ve just continued to fall in love with a little more each time I serve it.  I love that its so very versatile in terms of what you can do with it!  Saute it with some butter or olive oil for a nice quick side.  Blanch it quickly to keep that fresh, crisp snap, or roast it to bring out the deep flavors and crunchy potential.  Most of the time we do ours fairly plain, with a little oil and seasoning, but this Roasted Asparagus with Lemon Cardamom Sauce is my new favorite way to go!

Roasted Asparagus with Lemon Cardamom Sauce

Not only is the roasting process so easy and hands-off, but the sauce itself comes together in minutes – MINUTES I tell ya'!  It's as simple as taking all of your sauce ingredients (grass-fed butter, mayo, lemon juice, turmeric, and cardamom) and whisking them til they're smooth.  The bright yellow hue from the turmeric, plus the contrast of the black sesame seeds make this dish one that looks fancy enough to serve at a dinner party, but easy enough to make for your weeknight dinners.  It's the perfect side!

Roasted Asparagus with Lemon Cardamom Sauce

More than likely, you have all the ingredients for this sauce in the fridge and ready to go, you just need to grab yourself some fresh asparagus and make it happen! I love serving this with my Herb Garden Turkey Breast and a little Browned Butter Parsnip Mash for the perfect balanced meal.  This Roasted Asparagus with Lemon Cardamom Sauce has now become an all-occasion favorite and I can't wait for you to try it!



Roasted Asparagus with Lemon Cardamom Sauce

Perfectly-roasted asparagus is topped with a buttery lemon cardamom sauce for a side dish that is easy enough for a weeknight but impressive enough for company!

  • Author: Amber Goulden
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x



For the asparagus:

For the Lemon Cardamom Sauce

  • 1/4 cup mayo
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice (about 1 small lemon)
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 F.
  2. Place asparagus in a single layer on a rimmed sheet pan and toss with the olive oil, salt, and pepper. Cook for 25 minutes, until asparagus is browned.
  3. Add all of the ingredients for the sauce to a small bowl and whisk thoroughly to combine until no lumps remain.*
  4. Pour the sauce over the asparagus, then garnish with black sesame seeds and serve!


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  1. Allyson says:

    This sounds SO yummy! Thinking I may switch it up for my thanksgiving veggie dish this year and make this instead of brussels sprouts! Can you make the sauce in advance and store in the fridge?

  2. Diana says:

    What could I supstiute for cardamom? Not making a special trip during these crazy times. Thanks for your help.

    1. Brandi Schilhab says:

      Just leave it out, Diana! It’ll still be yummy!