Creamy Asparagus and Lemon Oven Rice

by Erica Dinho on May 27, 2012

Creamy Asparagus and Lemon Oven Rice

I hated asparagus and spinach when I was a kid, and now they are two of my favorite vegetables. Funny how taste changes over time. For me this is the perfect spring dish, not only because I love asparagus, but because it’s easy to prepare, creamy, tangy and a delicious rice dish!

Making this Asparagus and Lemon Rice in the oven versus the stovetop is simple and quick. It is a great dish for dinner during the week, because it allows you to do other things, like enjoying the warm weather outside.

Buen provecho!




(4 servings)

  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup grated onion
  • Salt and pepper
  • 11/2 cups of rice,
  • 3 cups of chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup of white wine
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 1 pound of asparagus, ends trimmed and cut into bite sizes
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese

Asparagus and Lemon Oven Rice


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Place all the ingredients in a baking dish, except the asparagus and parmesan cheese.
  3. Stir, cover with aluminum foil and transfer to the oven and bake for 20 minutes, Add the asparagus and stir well and continue baking for 5 minutes more or until the rice is tender and the liquid is absorbed.
  4. Remove the rice from the oven and stir in the cheese. Serve immediately.
  5. Creamy Asparagus and Lemon Rice

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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Joanne May 27, 2012 at 8:48 AM

Haha I”m the same way with these two veggies! Love the sound of this rice!


2 Platanos, Mangoes and Me! May 27, 2012 at 9:15 AM

Its b=funny how our tastes change. I did too hate both and now they are always in one of my dishes. Loved the creamyness of the rice and the addition of the lemon must taste divine.


3 Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake May 27, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Asparagus and spinach are 2 of my favourite veggies too! I’d love this for dinner on a cold night, sounds delicious. :)


4 Mary May 27, 2012 at 10:08 AM

This sounds delicious! I love the colors and the ingredient list.


5 Carol @ Always Thyme to Cook May 27, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Funny, I hated asparagus too, now I love it! Definitely have to try your recipe, looks delicious.


6 Belinda @zomppa May 27, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Delicious bowl of goodness! Great flavors!


7 Miriam May 28, 2012 at 1:32 AM

That looks amazing!!
Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters


8 Oysterculture May 28, 2012 at 10:29 PM

This dish sounds delicious and I suspect the flavors might remind me of that Greek soup – Avengeamou (totally butchered it)


9 ATasteOfMadness May 29, 2012 at 12:55 PM

I have always loved asparagus and spinach as a kid. I don`t know, I was a weird kid, I even liked brussel sprouts!
This looks mouthwatering! Yum!


10 Jenn and Seth (@HomeSkilletCook) May 29, 2012 at 3:51 PM

this sounds delicious! great recipe!


11 Rita May 30, 2012 at 11:41 AM

My husband rice, so i love to find a new way to serve it; this looks fantastic.


12 5 Star Foodie May 30, 2012 at 10:33 PM

It is a terrific spring dish! Glad you now like asparagus :)


13 Lisa June 1, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Hi Erica,
I’m such an amatuer when it comes to cooking but I have found some of your recipes that I can actually pull off! I have a question about when adding in the asparagus, do you cover the dish for the extra 5 minutes or would you leave it uncovered? Sorry for such a basic question, but I have a hard time getting asparagus just right! lol Thanks for posting such delicious recipes!


14 Erica June 1, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Hi Lisa, I covered the dish.


15 Margarita June 7, 2012 at 11:07 AM

I made it for my lunch yesterday and it tasted like risotto, but it was easier to make. Good recipe,.thanks


16 Erica June 7, 2012 at 2:39 PM

Thank you, everyone!


17 Hermann Alberto July 8, 2013 at 7:41 PM

I was born and raised in the Bogota plateau, were mostly of the people have a chance to eat more vegetables in Colombia than anywhere else, the variety of greens is important in the people of the plateau, I ove asparagus ! you recipe is awesome …..thank you Erica


18 Aimee August 8, 2013 at 12:21 PM

This was the second recipe I tried from you. This was absolutely delicious. I have never liked rice. I had to double the cooking time, though. I don’t know if the problem is my oven.


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