Browned Butter Asparagus

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 15 mins

This is like eating candy for me. I love to use the thinnest spears I can find. 2 tbsp butter is usually plenty.....but 3 is buttery bliss! ;)

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cook asparagus in 1" salted boiling water for about 5-7 minutes to crisp-tender, or until desired tenderness is reached. (Or microwave the asparagus to desired doneness.) Drain asparagus and return to hot saucepan and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, heat butter over med-high heat. After about 3 minutes, it should start to foam; stir constantly and add garlic, salt and pepper. Keep stirring. When foaming stops, butter should be browned and kind of "grainy" looking.
  3. Remove from heat; stir in sugar.
  4. Pour browned butter mixture over cooked asparagus. Serve.


Most Helpful

Awesome combination!

keeney3 January 18, 2012

We love asparagus. I cooked my asparagus in salt and sugar so I did not add that at the end, just the butter and the pepper. We all enjoyed this and it was all eaten. Made for Spring PAC 2011. I just realized I forgot the garlic. Well it was good even without it.

bmcnichol March 03, 2011

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