This easy asparagus recipe is the perfect vegetable side dish when asparagus is in season! You only need one pan, 5 simple ingredients and 10 minutes to make this recipe for sauteed asparagus. Prepared this way, pan-fried asparagus is a great addition to spring salads, pasta or on the side with fish, chicken or even beef.
You’ll Love This Sauteed Asparagus Recipe
I mean, who doesn’t love delicious food that’s ready in less than 10 minutes? It’s satiating, it’s healthy, it’s simple and it’s so tasty.
Also, this sauteed asparagus recipe keeps really well in the fridge for about 3-4 days, so if you want to make a bigger batch for the week and use it to make quick healthy meals like salads or power bowls featuring asparagus, don’t hesitate and just do it. And I promise Nike didn’t sponsor this blog post.
5 Ingredients For The Sauteed Asparagus
To make this simple asparagus recipe you’ll need:
- medium-sized asparagus stalks
- olive oil
- salt and pepper
And that’s it really. Get these ready, get your pan out and let’s get this sauteed asparagus business going!
Before we get to the sauteeing, you want to trim the asparagus stalks. The bottom of the asparagus stalks is usually tough and not easy to eat (in some cases impossible), so we need to get rid of it. Grab a knife, your bundle of asparagus and cut out the thicker bottom part of it, then discard it.
How To Saute Asparagus
Chop the asparagus stalks in thirds, chop the garlic roughly.
Add the asparagus and garlic to a pan, drizzle olive oil all over and salt and lots of pepper. Stir at medium high for 3 minutes until coated with the black pepper. Stir again occasionally for about 3 more minutes and your sauteed asparagus should be done!
What To Serve Sauteed Asparagus With
This asparagus side dish is perfect to go along with grilled fish, chicken, seafood, pasta, meat, really anything you’d usually serve for dinner.
Toppings For Sauteed Asparagus
If you do want to try some different things with sauteed asparagus you can try these options:
- add shaved Parmesan cheese when still in the pan and allow it to melt a bit
- pesto – whichever type of pesto you love, just add some on top
- Gorgonzola cheese…it’s a special taste, but to me, this is a great addition to asparagus
- toasted sesame seeds and minced garlic – it’s super flavorful
This simple sauteed asparagus dish is vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, nut-free, grain-free and egg-free.
A Healthy Side Dish
Asparagus is an extremely healthy vegetable since it’s nutrient-dense (especially vitamin A, C, K, folate and fiber) and low in calories.
This delicious green vegetable is also rich in non-essential antioxidants called flavonoids like quercetin and kaempferol. Studies show these flavonoids can have anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and blood pressure-lowering properties.
So yes, this means, enjoying asparagus on a regular basis is good for your taste buds and your health! You can read more about the health benefits of asparagus here.
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- 300g/10oz green asparagus
- 2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
- 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
- salt and pepper
- Trim the tough bottom part of the asparagus stalks and discard.
- Wash asparagus and cut the stalks in thirds or halves - whichever size you prefer.
- Add to a pan with olive oil, garlic salt and lots of black pepper. Stir at medium-high for 3 minutes or until coated with the black pepper.
- Stir occasionally for 3-4 minutes and turn off heat.
- Enjoy immediately or store in an airtight container in the fridge.
Nutrition InformationYield 3 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 84Total Fat 7gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 0mgSodium 112mgCarbohydrates 5gFiber 2gSugar 1gProtein 2g