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The Easiest Way to Cook Asparagus

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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.

Miz Helen

Tuesday 28th of February 2017

We grow Asparagus in our garden and we will really enjoy your recipe! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome recipe with us at Full Plate Thursday and you have a great week! Miz Helen

Kit Graham

Tuesday 28th of February 2017

Oh I wish I could have a garden! Thanks for your kind words!


Saturday 25th of February 2017

You had me at easiest. :D The non cook in me usually doesn't pin recipes but I did grab this one since I love asparagus but have never know what to really do with it.

Kit Graham

Saturday 25th of February 2017

Happy to help! I love asparagus, and this is a foolproof cooking method!


Friday 24th of February 2017

I love asparagus! You are right, this is a super easy way to prepare it (and I love the addition of the squeeze of lemon)! Thanks for sharing your recipe with us at Merry Monday this week!

Kit Graham

Saturday 25th of February 2017

Thanks Marie! Lemon + Butter + Asparagus is delightful!

Helen Fern

Friday 24th of February 2017

Sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing on the What's for Dinner Link up!

Life and Linda

Monday 20th of February 2017

Always refreshing to see different ways asparagus can be prepared. Such a healthy dish too. Thank you for sharing at DI&DI.

Kit Graham

Tuesday 21st of February 2017

Thanks so much!!

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