Roasted Asparagus and Eggs

Reduced balsamic vinegar mimics an aged vinegar and lends sweets to this spring dish.
Read more about the health benefits of asparagus.
Body+Soul, April 2008
  • Prep Time 25 minutes
  • Total Time 25 minutes
  • Yield Serves 4
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  • 1 medium thick asparagus bunch, tough ends removed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Coarse salt
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon light-brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 ounces shaved parmesan


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. On a baking sheet with a rim, toss asparagus with oil. Season with salt. Bake until asparagus is lightly browned and tender, 15 to 18 minutes (timing will vary depending upon thickness of asparagus).

  2. In a small saucepan, cook balsamic vinegar and sugar over medium-high heat until syrupy and reduced to 3 tablespoons, about 6 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, bring a large skillet with 2 inches of water to a simmer over medium heat. Add cider vinegar and season with salt. Break one egg at a time into a cup, then tip cup into pan. Simmer until whites are set and yolks are soft but slightly set, about 3 minutes. With a slotted spatula, scoop out eggs one at a time and drain on paper towels. With a paring knife, trim edges.

  4. Divide asparagus among four plates and drizzle with reduced balsamic. Top with shaved Parmesan and an egg.

Recipe Reviews

Reviews (5)

  • RFH 28 Apr, 2010

    I have made this several times (always omitting the cheese) with beautiful results. I love asparagus, but this sauce is also great over other roasted veggies or by itself with a poached egg and bowl of grains (I'm partial to quinoa).

  • hellerton 19 May, 2008

    I have been making my own version of this for several years, but I prefer eggs that are cooked over easy with runny yolks. I also add avocado, ground flax seeds or Chia seeds as well. One of my favorite breakfast or dinner meals.

  • VictoriaC 15 Apr, 2008

    So quick and easy and SOOO good for you. The article in Living about asparagus was interesting and eye-opening and iIt's always nice to use produce of the season.

  • lindsayka 14 Apr, 2008

    Delicious! I did my own variation on this recipe: drizzled asparagus with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, S P and baked for 15min. I also used a hard boiled egg. I made this for a satisfying dinner, but it would be a fabulous brunch dish!

  • gracieb83 9 Apr, 2008

    Very good recipe. I had it for an easy, quick dinner tonight - very easy to divide down and prepare for one. I can't wait to make this for brunch with my friends!