Cornmeal Crusted Asparagus (Simple Side Dish)

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Cornmeal Crusted Asparagus is the perfect veggie to dip! A simple but impressive side dish with just the perfect amount of crunch. It’s one of my favorite gluten free asparagus recipes!

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Cornmeal Crusted Asparagus - an easy vegetable side dish perfect for dipping. Gluten free.

Originally published on May 1, 2012. Updated with new photos on April 12, 2017.

I pretty much have to give Ann at The Fountain Avenue Kitchen credit for almost my entire meal last Sunday. Her meatloaf, on which I based my Roasted Veggie Balsamic Meatloaf, was amazing. And since I was going to have some extra Balsamic Ketchup after making the meatloaf, we needed dippers. One of those dippers was these little beauties.

OK, I know, maybe breaded asparagus is not how everyone defines beauty. But they are kind of pretty, right?

Cornmeal Crusted Asparagus - an easy vegetable side dish perfect for dipping. Gluten free.

When I saw Ann’s Roasted Asparagus with Panko, I fell in love. Well, I guess I fall in love with pretty much anything involving asparagus. I knew I had to make a gluten-free spin on this. So instead of Panko, I went with cornmeal, which also added its nice corn-y, nutty flavor, and made a couple of other little changes, based on personal preference (no mayo, added balsamic vinegar instead of lemon juice). And dipped in some tomato sauce or Balsamic Ketchup – yum!

If you like this Cornmeal Crusted Asparagus, here are some other simple veggie side dishes for you…

Browned Butter Peas and Carrots - Recipe from Cupcakes & Kale Chips

My friends also have some amazing ones. Oven Fried Garlic Parmesan Green Beans from Sugar Free Mom are just as crispy as if you had breaded and fried them. Parmesan Crusted Zucchini and Yellow Squash from The Food Charlatan are so easy to eat the entire batch. And Honey Balsamic Carrots from The Cookie Rookie are perfectly sweet and savory.

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4.7 from 3 votes

Cornmeal Crusted Asparagus

Cornmeal Crusted Asparagus is an easy vegetable side dish, perfect for dipping. Gluten free.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 25 minutes



  • Preheat oven to 450°F.
  • Cut or snap off the tough ends of the asparagus.
  • In a large bowl, combine the yogurt, mustard, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper.
  • Place the cornmeal into a shallow pan.
  • Toss the asparagus in the yogurt mixture until evenly covered, then toss in the cornmeal until completely coated.
  • Coat a sheet pan thinly with olive oil (I used a sprayer), and place the asparagus in a single layer on the pan.
  • Roast asparagus 10-15 minutes, or to desired doneness (my family likes them fairly soft), flipping about halfway through cooking time.


After coating asparagus, it can be refrigerated until ready to bake.
Nutrition Facts
Cornmeal Crusted Asparagus
Amount Per Serving (0.25 pound)
Calories 115 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Sodium 383mg16%
Potassium 303mg9%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 855IU17%
Vitamin C 6.4mg8%
Calcium 44mg4%
Iron 3.1mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Adapted from The Fountain Avenue Kitchen’s Roasted Asparagus with Panko


Cornmeal Crusted Asparagus - an easy vegetable side dish perfect for dipping. Gluten free.

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  1. oh ma goodness do these look amazing or what! I would love to try the panko ones too but I think cornmeal sounds even more interesting. and I HAVE to try that balsamic ketchup!! PS I just saw you hit a million on FB, congrats girl!

  2. Jamie Bankston

    Thank you so very much for sharing this brilliant idea. I can not wait to eat yummy asparagus exactly as you instruct. Hopefully, mine will turn out as pretty as yours. Smiles. This Dish is appetizing for sure. Gluten free A+. I appreciate You, & look forward to learning more delicious tips.

  3. Rachelle

    5 stars
    I made these last night but dipped them in egg and mild and then a mixture of cornmeal, flour, Parmesan and garlic powder. AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 450 for about 20 minutes.

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