This post may contain affiliate links, which help keep this content free. (Full disclosure)
Whether sautéing or sautéing vegetables, making them on the stove is often the fastest way to cook them. This tutorial will show you how to sauté asparagus in just 10 minutes. The key to this simple recipe for asparagus sautéed with garlic and lemon? Start with olive oil to sauté, then add a garlic and lemon butter at the end. (I also use a similar method to make sautéed zucchini.)
Easy recipes of sautéed asparagus on the stove work best with thin stems. If you have thicker stems, try my roasted asparagus recipe instead.
You can also use asparagus to make stuffed chicken asparagus,
baked cheese asparagus, or asparagus wrapped in bacon. Both the simple version and these variations are also delicious drizzled with hollandaise sauce.
it takes only 10 minutes from start to finish and uses common staples, this easy sautéed asparagus recipe is a great last-minute side dish. You’ll need only 5 simple ingredients, plus salt and pepper:
Olive oil –
- I prefer the taste and benefits of olive oil, but you can also use avocado oil or any other oil you have on hand
- Asparagus – As mentioned above, it is better to use thin stalks of asparagus in this recipe, otherwise they will not cook as well on the stove.
- Butter – Grass-fed butter gives sautéed asparagus an amazing flavor, and we add it towards the end to avoid burning it. You can skip this or use more oil if you don’t have dairy.
- Garlic: Use fresh for the best flavor, or jarred for an easy option.
- – Use a zester for lemon zest without the bitter marrow.
- Sea salt and black pepper
How to sauté asparagus This asparagus sautéed
with lemon and garlic takes only 10 minutes to make:
- Sauté in oil. Heat the oil in a large skillet and add the asparagus. Season with salt and pepper. Sauté until asparagus is bright green.
- Add the butter, lemon and garlic. Make a well in the center of the pan, add the butter and let it melt. Add garlic and lemon zest to the butter and sauté without stirring, until the garlic is fragrant.
- Combine. Stir the asparagus in the garlic butter mixture and cook until the asparagus is made to your liking, usually only a minute or two.
Frequently asked questions about sautéing asparagus Can you sauté asparagus
Yes, and this garlic-sautéed asparagus recipe will show you how easy and delicious it is.
How long should asparagus be sautéed?
The cooking time of asparagus will vary a bit depending on the size of your asparagus, and as I mentioned earlier, it works best with thinner stems. When the asparagus is thin, it will take only 5-8 minutes to cook.
How do you know when sautéed asparagus is made?
When you sauté asparagus it’s kind of like a personal preference. Once asparagus turns bright green, it can be considered ready, but many people prefer to cook it for an extra couple of minutes to soften it a little more. In this recipe for asparagus sautéed with lemon and garlic, sauté it for a couple of minutes in garlic butter at the end.
Is sautéed asparagus healthy?
yes! This garlic-sautéed asparagus recipe is made with vegetables (obviously!), is ketogenic, low carb, gluten-free, and easy to make vegan. It’s something everyone can enjoy.
Can you make dairy-free sautéed asparagus recipes?
yes. This recipe uses butter, but you could use ghee (technically dairy but removes milk proteins), your favorite dairy-free butter alternative, plus olive oil or butter-flavored coconut oil.
Is asparagus better roasted or sautéed?
Asparagus is delicious both ways, roasted and sautéed! You can make either with thin spears, but for thicker spears, roasting asparagus in the oven works best.
Can you move forward?
To get the best sautéed asparagus, make it just before serving. It takes only 5 minutes to cook, so it’s easy to make fresh.
Store leftovers in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. The longer the asparagus remains, the softer it will become, so it is best served soon after cooking. Reheat the asparagus in a hot pan for best results.
Can you freeze sautéed asparagus?
I don’t recommend freezing asparagus, as they will become mushy after they thaw.
What to serve with sautéed asparagus Asparagus
is the perfect side dish for almost any main course! Try it with
- steak: Popular choices are sirloin, New York strip, or filet mignon
- Seafood: Try roast lobster tail, halibut, or surf and turf for a fancier meal, or for everyday baked salmon or fried tilapia
- Poultry – Simple baked chicken breast, roasted chicken feet or even roast turkey are delicious.
- More sides – Potatoes are an obvious choice for many, but I prefer a healthier cauliflower puree or rutabaga fries.
- Big Skillet – This is one of my favorite pans! The large surface area is perfect for sautéed asparagus, and conducts heat exceptionally well for non-stick.
- Lemon Zester – You’ll use this for everything from citrus zest to cheese and chocolate.