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The Easiest Way to Cook Asparagus

The Easiest Way to Cook Asparagus

Asparagus is one of my favorite vegetables, and today I am sharing the easiest way to prepare asparagus. This recipe takes just 10 minutes from start to finish, making it the perfect vegetable side dish to serve on a busy weeknight. Plus, asparagus is high in dietary fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, and other nutrients.

I like to sauté asparagus in butter and season it with salt, pepper, and fresh lemon juice. This is a preparation that doesn’t mask the bright earthy taste of the asparagus itself. I always squeeze lemon juice over broccoli too, it really compliments the flavor of green vegetables.

I love that asparagus basically tells you when it is done cooking – it turns a vibrant green color. This asparagus took 8 minutes to cook – and it was on the thicker side. Thin asparagus will cook in about 6 minutes, and very thick asparagus can take 10 minutes.

I was a really picky eater when I was a kid. I definitely judged foods based on how they looked. I wouldn’t eat vegetables that I thought looked funny, asparagus included. I don’t think I even tried asparagus until I was a teenager! The first time I tried it I mistook it for chopped broccoli and I told my Dad that the broccoli in the pasta I was eating was really good, and he explained that was because it was asparagus. I have been eating it ever since!

I am not the only one who loves asparagus. When I was in Finland last Spring the country was celebrating asparagus week – an entire week devoted asparagus! Restaurants had special asparagus menus and we enjoyed asparagus in soups and meats were served on a bed of asparagus. In a country that is so cold so much of the year, Spring vegetables are something to be celebrated!

Most recently, I served asparagus with my recipe for Mustard and Mushroom Chicken. I shared that recipe on the site yesterday.

The Easiest Way to Cook Asparagus

Yields 4-5

2 minPrep Time

10 minCook Time

12 minTotal Time

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  • 1 bunch of Asparagus
  • 1 tablespoon Butter
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt
  • a dash of Pepper
  • a Lemon Wedge


  1. Start by trimming the asparagus. See where the ends naturally snap off and then cut the asparagus to that length. Then rinse the asparagus.
  2. Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Once the butter has melted, add the asparagus, salt, and pepper, and toss the asparagus in the skillet to evenly coat it in butter.
  3. Let the asparagus simmer in skillet until for 6-10 minutes, until it turns bright green.
  4. Squeeze the lemon juice over the asparagus and serve it right away.