How to Cook Asparagus on the Stovetop

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How to cook asparagus with butter and garlic on the stove top in less than 15 minutes! This easy asparagus recipe makes tender, crisp asparagus that goes well with everything.

This is one of those recipes that’s not much of a recipe. It’s just a little butter or oil, some garlic, and salt and pepper all cooked with one of my favorite vegetables, asparagus. Asparagus doesn’t need a whole lot. It’s a great stand-alone vegetable that is delicious just how it is. I love to cook it on the stove top because it only takes a few minutes. It’s also easy to control how cooked through your asparagus is on the stove.

I like to eat my asparagus with a little crisp, so I know that as soon as they start to turn a beautiful bright green color, it’s time to take the pan off the heat. The asparagus will cook a bit longer in the pan as I set the table and by the time we are ready to eat, they are perfectly done. Such a simple vegetable, but one that I don’t tire of.

Fun fact: we have wild asparagus that grows along our fence rows in our field and we look forward to it every spring. I can’t wait to have a big asparagus bed one day so that I can pick lots and lots when it’s in season!
Bright green crisp cooked asparagus on a white plate shining with a bit of cooking oil and sprinkled with salt and pepper.

Tips and Tricks for Cooking Asparagus on the Stove:

  • All of the asparagus stalks need to be touching the bottom of the pan. Don’t crowd them or have more than one layer. If your pan doesn’t allow this, cook them in batches as needed.
  • A sprinkle of freshly grated Parmesan over the top of the cooked asparagus is excellent.
  • Not a fan of garlic? Cut it down by half or omit it all together.

How to Cook Asparagus on the Stove:

It’s simple! Just heat your oil in a large pan, add a little garlic and your prepared asparagus, and let it cook, stirring often until the asparagus is cooked tender-crisp, about 6 minutes.

How Do You Trim Asparagus?

Just take the end of the asparagus in both hands and bend it until the end snaps off. That’s where the woody part ends and the tender asparagus begins. Line up the asparagus that you just snapped with the others and trim their ends to match with a knife.

Bright green cooked asparagus left in whole spears in a line resting in a large black cast iron pan.

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How to Cook Asparagus on the Stovetop


  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 3 min
  • Cook Time: 5 min
  • Total Time: 8 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4-6 1x

Description

How to make sautéed asparagus with butter & garlic on the stove top in less than 15 min! This easy sautéed asparagus recipe makes tender & crisp asparagus.


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Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh asparagus
  • 12 tablespoons butter or olive oil
  • 23 cloves garlic, minced (about 1 heaping teaspoon)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Prepare the asparagus by washing them and trimming 1-2 inches off the bottom, depending on how tough the bottoms are.
  2. Heat butter or olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  3. When butter is melted, add garlic and give it a quick stir to combine.
  4. Add the prepared asparagus. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender (5-9 minutes depending on how big the spears are).
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve right away.

Notes

  • All of the asparagus stalks need to be touching the bottom of the pan. Don’t crowd them or have more than one layer. If your pan doesn’t allow this, cook them in batches as needed.
  • A sprinkle of freshly grated Parmesan over the top of the cooked asparagus is excellent.
  • Not a fan of garlic? Cut it down by half or omit it all together.
  • Category: Side
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: asparagus, butter, garlic, how to cook asparagus on the stovetop, how to cook asparagus, sauteed asparagus, easy asparagus recipe

What do you serve with sautéed asparagus?

I love to serve simple ingredients with simple ingredients. Asparagus is great with chicken (such as a baked chicken legs, Garlic and Herb Whole Chicken in the Crock Pot, or baked chicken breast) and a filling carb on the side (such as Twice-Baked PotatoesSuper Simple No-Knead Bread, or Simple Maple Roasted Butternut Squash).

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Such a simple recipe but one that I make time and time again. I hope you enjoy it!

 

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I’m Melissa, and I want to help you feed your family wholesome food.

As a hobby farmer and mom of five, I’m all about keeping it simple in the kitchen. I want healthy meals that feed my family well, and then I want to get back to my (messy) life. Let’s work together to find something yummy for your dinner table.

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