The umami-rich flavor combo of roasted asparagus with soy sauce and garlic is the kind of dish that turns asparagus haters into asparagus lovers. Even better? It is SO hands off to make, you'll find yourself loving it even more just because it takes you zero time at all to pull together.
Preheat oven to 400°-425°F. Line a sheet pan with a silicone mat or aluminum foil.
Arrange asparagus in an even layer on the sheet pan. Drizzle with olive oil, the sprinkle with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Roll the asparagus stalks around on the pan until coated.
If using, place whole garlic cloves on sheet pan nestled in with the asparagus.
Roast asparagus for 10-15 minutes or until desired level of doneness.
Remove from oven, drizzle with soy sauce. If you used the whole garlic cloves, remove the papery skins, mash them with a fork, and toss them with the asparagus and soy sauce before serving. Serve immediately.
Measurements here are entirely adjustable to taste. You don't need to measure anything precisely. Just eyeball it.
If you dont want to drizzle soy sauce over all of the asparagus, you can serve it in a dipping bowl on the side with a bit of garlic powder, or mashed roasted garlic cloves mixed in.
I'm giving a range of cook temps — 400-425F — mostly because it really depends on how cooked through you want your asparagus to be. If you prefer it to be a little more green and fresh use the lower temp. For darker, softer asparagus, use the higher temp.