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Learn how to cook pan fried asparagus on the stove for a healthy, quick, and flavorsome vegetable side dish!

Pan Fried Asparagus with slices of lemon
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Asparagus is one of the most popular spring vegetables. It’s crunchy, vitamin-rich, healthy, low in calories, low in carbs, and has delicious flavors.

The fastest way to cook asparagus is to fry it with a splash of olive oil in a pan! With this stove top method, the fresh asparagus spears remain particularly crisp. Season it with a blend of lemon juice, mustard, herbs, salt, and pepper to bring out the vegetable’s natural flavor.

asparagus fried in a skillet

Surprise your family and friends with this delicious, healthy, and vitamin-rich vegetable side dish. This pan-fried asparagus recipe is super easy to make and takes no more than 15 minutes to complete.

You can serve the roasted asparagus as a side dish with pasta, rice, potatoes, or protein. It’s also especially delicious as an appetizer if you top it with shaved Parmesan, burrata cheese, or a poached egg just before serving. Toasted almonds or pine nuts can be used too!

You don’t really need a sauce with this recipe. If you still feel like adding one, I recommend chimichurri, sauce hollandaise, or herb butter.

Leftovers can be used as a salad topping. Cut the cold roasted asparagus into bite-sized pieces and toss with green salad, quinoa salad, or pasta salad.

If you are looking for a barbecue side dish, I recommend using this grilled asparagus recipe instead!

🛒 Ingredients

See recipe card for quantities.

Pan Fried Asparagus Ingredients
  • Asparagus → The main ingredient!
  • Garlic & Shallot → Give the roasted asparagus a little more flavor. Also works with onion or green onion.
  • Olive Oil → To pan fry asparagus! Substitute with another vegetable oil or butter.
  • Lemon Juice → Adds freshness to this vegetable side dish! Add lemon zest for an extra fresh taste.
  • Maple Syrup → Softens the bitter taste of asparagus. Honey or sugar work too.
  • Mustard, Salt, Pepper → For seasoning.

👩‍🍳 Visual Step-by-Step Instructions

This visual step-by-step instruction will help you along the way – definitely recommended if you’re a cooking beginner! → Watch the recipe video to see how easy it is to make at home! 🤓

  • Wash asparagus and break off the tough woody ends.
Pan Fried Asparagus Recipe Step 1-2
  • Heat a large skillet with ½ tbsp olive oil over medium heat. Add asparagus and roast for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. → If you double the recipe, work in batches.
  • Add minced shallot and minced garlic, sauté for another 5 minutes.
  • Mix ½ tbsp olive oil, fresh lemon juice, maple syrup, mustard, herbs, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Add the sauce to the skillet and toss well.
Pan Fried Asparagus Recipe Step 3-6
  • Serve warm!
  • Hint: I love to place fried asparagus stems on a serving platter and sprinkle with shaved parmesan cheese or burrata cheese.
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🫙 Storage Instructions

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Stays fresh for 2 days.

You either reheat leftovers or use them cold as a salad topping.

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📖 Recipe

Pan Fried Asparagus with slices of lemon

Pan Fried Asparagus

Learn how to cook pan fried asparagus on the stove for a healthy, quick, and flavorsome vegetable side dish!
Author : Aline Cueni
5 from 1 vote

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Prep Time :5 minutes
Cook Time :10 minutes
Total Time :15 minutes
Servings : 2
Calories : 69kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 1 lb (500 g) asparagus
  • 1 small shallot minced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp dried Italian herbs
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ TL black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Wash asparagus and break off the tough woody ends.
  • Heat a skillet with ½ tbsp olive oil. Add asparagus and roast for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add minced shallot and garlic, sauté for another 5 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, mix ½ tbsp olive oil, lemon juice, maple syrup, mustard, herbs, salt, and pepper. Add the sauce to the skillet and toss well.
  • Serve warm! I love to sprinkle the asparagus with shaved parmesan or burrata cheese.

Notes

  • Keeps fresh for 3 days. Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
  • Use leftovers as a salad topping!

Nutrition

Calories: 69kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Sodium: 61mg | Potassium: 563mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1900IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 6mg

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