Although many people prize skinny stalks of asparagus (sometimes referred to as "pencil grass"), they are not a good choice when it comes to roasting. For this dish, choose spears that are at least 1/2 inch in diameter.


1/2 cup water
2 teaspoons dark sesame oil
1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 1/4 pounds asparagus


1 Preheat the oven to 450°F. In a 9 x 13-inch baking pan, combine the water, sesame oil, and soy sauce. Add the asparagus and toss well to coat.

2 Place in the oven and roast uncovered for 20 minutes, or until the water has evaporated and the asparagus are tender and lightly browned. Serve hot or at room temperature. Makes 4 servings

Roasted Green Beans Substitute 1 1/4 pounds flat Italian green beans or regular green beans for the asparagus.

Nutrition Facts

per serving

calories 40
total fat 2.5 g
saturated fat 0.4 g
cholesterol 0 mg
dietary fiber 1 g
carbohydrate 3 g
protein 2 g
sodium 141 mg

good source of: folate


Fragrant, flavorful dark (toasted) sesame oil contains monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats as well as vitamin E. To prevent sesame oil from going rancid, keep it refrigerated.

Many of the recipes in this book contain off-the-shelf foods to help keep recipe prep effort to a minimum – a benefit for your arthritic hands. However, some foods – like canned beans – can hike up sodium levels. If you are carefully watching your sodium, be sure to read this before preparing this recipe: Sodium Intake and Salt in Recipes

From The Johns Hopkins Cookbook Library: Recipes for Arthritis Health, edited by John A. Flynn, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.R. and Lora Brown Wilder, Sc.D., M.S., R.D.

Publication Review By: the Editorial Staff at

Published: 11 Oct 2011

Last Modified: 06 Apr 2015