Pan-Fried Asparagus

"I love asparagus, and if you do, then you'll love this recipe. Nothing fancy, and it's ready in minutes. Great as a side dish; I love to make a meal out of it, by adding thin slices of chicken or beef, even shrimp. I like to put grated Parmesan cheese on top."
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  • Melt butter in a skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Stir in the olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  • Cook garlic in butter for a minute, but do not brown.
  • Add asparagus, and cook for 10 minutes, turning asparagus to ensure even cooking.

Questions & Replies

  1. All recipes that I read mention no peeling the Asparagus. Am I to assume I can cook them just as I purchased them from the farmer market?


  1. add a piece of bacon and a finely chopped purple onion.... so yummy
  2. I don't understand how one can fry garlic for 10 minutes while managing to avoid burning it. Instead, I add it at the end. Besides, 10 minutes is too long even at medium heat; 5-7 does just fine.
  3. Do you put a lid on the pan during cooking time?
  4. I was going to post this recipe because I cook my asparagus JUST LIKE THIS. I actually use more towards 1 lb of asparagus, though.
  5. I used a cast iron pan and gas, thicker peeled asparagus, and it only took 8 minutes. We ate them with salmon with no sauce, and it was great.


  1. We are asparagus lovers so we loved this simple and easy recipe! For the timing I think it just depends on how thick your asparagus spears are, I only needed about 6 mins to cook since they were thin, will try it next time with thicker ones. Flavor was delicious though!!
  2. Breakfast! 10-12 asparagus spears, the woody root snapped off; 2 tbsp butter, 1 tbsp olive oil, 1 clove garlic smashed with a knife, ½ tsp ground salt and pepper to taste; 3 eggs; tabasco. Melt the butter over med hi heat, add the garlic, salt and pepper, cook one minute but do not brown, remove the garlic. Cook the asparagus 6-8 minutes, turning to cook evenly. Remove to plate and keep warm. Add eggs to the butter, cover, and cook 1-2’ sunny side up. Top the asparagus with the eggs, serve with tabasco.
  3. I'm not sure that you really need a recipe for this (sauteed asparagus)? but i would suggest that the cooking times are way way too long! you want the asparagus still 'al dente' just like pasta and i would also suggest that you have the heat high enough so that you sear/brown the stalks on the outside before being overcooked. (if using garlic, the trick is to cook the asparagus without burning the garlic (which burns really easily). maybe sauteeing them separately is the best thing to do. alternatively, just add the chopped garlic or garlic mince late in the process.) if the asparagus stalks are thick, usually it is recommended that you peel the stalks (slightly) with a vegetable peeler or knife and, although garlic is classical, you could possibly try sliced/diced chilli instead (if you like chilli). And butter instead of a vegetable oil would give a better flavour, but be more careful with the heat level.
  4. @timothy. yes. i have read/used the method of prepping asparagus is by (quickly) bending each asparagus stalk until it snaps, and only cooking the top portion (the bottom portion could be kept and used for an asparagus puree sauce (with additionalk spices etc), or in a soup.)


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