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Skillet Asparagus Recipe: Quick and Healthy Side Dish

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Looking to make the perfect skillet asparagus? This easy and tasty recipe will have you whipping up a delicious vegetable side dish in no time. With just a few ingredients and a skillet, you can create a dish that’s both healthy and flavorful.

In this post, you’ll learn to cook asparagus that’s perfectly fork-tender with a slight crispiness. Whether you prefer it lightly golden or with a bit of a char, this recipe is versatile enough to cater to your taste.

By following these simple steps, you’ll have a quick and easy side dish that pairs well with almost any main course. So, grab your skillet and get ready to enjoy some mouthwatering asparagus tonight!

Exact Ingredients (+ Possible Substitutes)

Here are the ingredients you need for a delicious skillet asparagus recipe.

Main Ingredients

  • Asparagus: Use fresh asparagus spears. Look for firm, bright green spears.
  • Olive Oil: Adds a rich flavor. You can use butter or coconut oil as a substitute.
  • Garlic: Provides a savory taste. Substitute with shallots or onion if you prefer.


  • Salt and Pepper: Essential for seasoning. Use sea salt and freshly ground black pepper for the best taste.
  • Lemon Juice: Adds freshness. If you don’t have lemon, try lime juice or apple cider vinegar.

Optional Add-Ins

  • Parmesan Cheese: Sprinkle for a cheesy finish. Substitute with pecorino or nutritional yeast.
  • Red Pepper Flakes: Adds a bit of heat. Could be replaced by cayenne pepper.
  • Herbs: Fresh parsley, basil, or thyme can enhance the dish.

Tips for Success

  • Choosing Asparagus: Thickness of asparagus can vary. Thicker spears cook longer.
  • Cooking Oil: Be careful with heat so oils don’t burn.

These ingredients make a great starting point for your skillet asparagus. Adjust based on what you have on hand!


1. Prepare the Asparagus:

Trim the woody ends off the asparagus. You can snap them off or use a knife. Rinse the spears under cold water and pat them dry with paper towels.

2. Heat the Skillet:

Place a large skillet over medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon of butter and 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Allow the butter to melt and the oil to heat up.

3. Cook the Asparagus:

Add the asparagus in a single layer. Make sure not to crowd the pan. Sauté for 4-5 minutes, gently shaking the skillet or using tongs to turn the spears occasionally.

4. Add Flavors:

When the asparagus starts to soften, add 2 minced garlic cloves. Stir frequently. Cook until the garlic is fragrant and the asparagus is tender, around 3 more minutes.

5. Season:

Sprinkle with salt and black pepper to taste. You can also squeeze in some lemon juice for a fresh twist. For an extra touch, add lemon zest or a sprinkle of red pepper flakes if you like some heat.

6. Serve:

Transfer the asparagus to a serving dish. Optional toppings include grated cheese, toasted nuts, or chopped herbs like parsley or basil. Enjoy your delicious skillet asparagus!

Tips, Tricks & Storing


Make sure to trim the ends of your asparagus before cooking. This gets rid of the tough, woody part. Cut about an inch or so from the bottom.

When cooking, don’t crowd the pan. Give the asparagus enough space to cook evenly. If the pan is too full, the asparagus might steam instead of sauté.

Adding minced garlic during the last minute of cooking can give a nice flavor boost without burning the garlic.


If you want more even cooking, cut the asparagus into similar sizes. This way, smaller pieces won’t overcook while waiting for larger pieces to finish.

For added flavor, consider using a mix of butter and olive oil. This gives both a richness and a slight crispness to your asparagus.

After cooking, you can sprinkle some Parmesan cheese or a squeeze of lemon juice on top for extra taste.


To keep asparagus fresh, stand the spears upright in a jar or cup with about an inch of water at the bottom. Cover the tops with a plastic bag.

Store the jar or cup in the refrigerator. This method helps the asparagus stay crisp and fresh for a longer time.

If you have leftover sautéed asparagus, place it in an airtight container in the fridge. It should stay fresh for about 2-3 days. Reheat gently on the stove or microwave to avoid making it too soft.

Recipe Variations & Serving Suggestions

There are many ways to enjoy sautéed asparagus. You can easily change up the recipe to suit your tastes or what you have on hand.

Flavor Additions:

  • Garlic & Shallots: Add minced garlic or shallots for extra flavor. Sauté them with the asparagus for the last few minutes.
  • Lemon: A squeeze of fresh lemon juice or a sprinkle of lemon zest brightens up the dish.
  • Cheese: Finish with grated Parmesan or crumbled feta for a rich, savory touch.

Herbs & Spices:

  • Herbs: Fresh herbs like parsley, basil, or dill can be added for a fresh taste.
  • Spices: Sprinkle with red pepper flakes or smoked paprika for a little kick.

Serving Ideas:

  • With Protein: Serve alongside grilled chicken, fish, or steak.
  • In Salads: Toss cold, cooked asparagus with mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, and vinaigrette.
  • On Toast: Top a slice of toast with a layer of ricotta and sautéed asparagus for a quick snack.

For Different Textures:

  • With Crispy Elements: Add toasted nuts like almonds or pine nuts for a crunchy contrast.
  • With Bacon: Toss the asparagus with crispy bacon bits for a heartier dish.

Mix and match these suggestions to find your favorite combination. It’s all about experimenting and finding what you love most!

Benjamin Happy Muncher

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