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12+ Best Asparagus Recipes

on January 20, 2023
last updated September 5, 2023
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The Best Asparagus Recipes, including this crisp and fresh Cast-Iron Asparagus, which is ready in just 10 minutes.
Cast-Iron Asparagus

Looking for a delicious way to prepare your favorite fibrous green vegetable? This list of my best Asparagus Recipes will give you plenty of options to bring out the best in your asparagus.

Between simple roasting recipes, how-to’s for preparing asparagus with other vegetables simultaneously, and asparagus recipes with a unique flare, there is something for all asparagus lovers on this list!

Without a doubt, asparagus season is up there with my favorites! The vibrant and healthy vegetable is just so versatile and healthy.

Green Tip: Seasonal and local foods have less associated transportation costs and fuel emissions. Check when asparagus is in season in your area with this Seasonal Food Guide.

As an environmental scientist, I always try to stick to seasonal eating! It’s one of the easiest (and most delicious!) ways to support local farmers and improve your carbon footprint.


1. 10-Minute Cast-Iron Asparagus

Cast-Iron Asparagus
This Cast-Iron Asparagus is crisp and fresh, bringing out the delicious natural flavors in the asparagus in just 10 minutes.
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2. Easy Sheet Pan Caprese Asparagus

Easy Cheesy Caprese Asparagus close up on a plate
This Easy Sheet Pan Caprese Asparagus brings roasted asparagus to the next level by topping it with melted cheese, bursting cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, and sweet balsamic vinaigrette.
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3. 30-Minute Roasted Asparagus and Carrots

Platter of roasted carrots and asparagus
This recipe for simple Roasted Asparagus and Carrots makes for the perfect, healthy, 30-minute side dish to accompany any main dish.
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4. The Best Purple Asparagus Recipe

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This is the best purple asparagus recipe! Simply roasted with minimal ingredients, allowing your beautiful produce to shine.
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5. 20-Minute Garlic Lemon Asparagus

Overhead shot of Garlic Lemon Asparagus on a white plate with two slices of lemon on top
This 20-Minute Garlic and Lemon Asparagus is fresh, earthy, cheesy, and zesty! The perfect side dish. But, don't limit this recipe just to asparagus. Use the same ingredients and techniques for all your green vegetables!
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6. Stovetop Creamed Asparagus with Parmesan

Stovetop Cream Asparagus with Parmesan
This Creamed Asparagus recipe will make this veggie side dish the star with crisp and tender asparagus smothered in delicious, creamy Parmesan sauce.
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7. The BEST White Asparagus Recipe

Roasted white asparagus
This is the best white asparagus recipe! Simply roasted with minimal ingredients, allowing your beautiful produce to shine.
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8. 20-Minute Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Asparagus

Simple Roasted Asparagus and Brussels Sprouts
This recipe for simple Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Asparagus is the foolproof way to bring out the natural flavors of your vegetables and get the perfect crispy texture.
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9. Roasted Asparagus and Mushrooms

25-Minute Roasted Asparagus and Mushrooms
This recipe for Roasted Asparagus and Mushrooms is simple and comes together in just 20 minutes, celebrating the naturally delicious flavors of your vegetables.
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10. Creamy Asparagus Quiche with Gouda Cheese

Slice of asparagus quiche on a plate with a fork
This Creamy Asparagus Quiche celebrates spring by allowing the asparagus to shine in a cheesy egg filling with a buttery crust.
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11. Garlic Parmesan Asparagus

Garlic Parmesan Asparagus on a pink plate
This simple Garlic Parmesan Asparagus recipe requires just six simple ingredients and comes together in about 20 minutes for a healthful and flavorful side dish.
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12. Roasted Potatoes and Asparagus

Roasted Potatoes and Asparagus on a plate
This simple recipe for Roasted Potatoes and Asparagus gets your perfectly crispy potatoes and tender asparagus with just one sheet pan and in only 30 minutes!
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13. Cheesy Baked Asparagus Casserole

Serving of Asparagus Casserole on a pink plate
This Asparagus Casserole combines the earthy goodness of asparagus, garlic, shallots, and cream of mushroom soup, with the bold flavor of melty cheddar cheese and tops it with golden panko breadcrumbs for that perfect crunch.
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I hope this list of my Best Asparagus Recipes inspires you to make the most out of your beautiful seasonal produce! If you’re still not sure where to start, I included this 10-Minute Cast Iron Asparagus that is crisp and fresh, bringing out the delicious natural flavors in the asparagus.

Cast-Iron Asparagus

12+ Best Asparagus Recipes, including 10-Minute Cast Iron Asparagus

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The Best Asparagus Recipes, including this crisp and fresh Cast-Iron Asparagus, which is ready in just 10 minutes.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients
 
 

Cast Iron Asparagus

  • 1 pound asparagus
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

Optional Topping Ideas

  • 2 cloves garlic (or ½ teaspoon garlic powder)
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Parmesan
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

Instructions
 

  • Prep your asparagus by snapping off the "woody" ends.
    asparagus with the ends cut off on a wooden chopping board
  • To a large cast-iron skillet, add the water over high heat. Once it starts to simmer, add the asparagus in a single layer. Cover and steam for 90 seconds.
    Steaming asparagus in a cast-iron skillet
  • After 90 seconds, remove the lid and continue to simmer until almost all of the water has evaporated.
    cooking asparagus in a cast-iron skillet
  • Once the water has evaporated, add the oil, salt, pepper, and any optional toppings. Continue to heat, tossing occasionally, until you see some char on the asparagus. Enjoy hot.
    tossing asparagus in oil and seasonings

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Course Sides
Cuisine American
Diet Vegan
Keyword 30 Minutes or Less, 5 Ingredients or Less, Asparagus, Classic Side Dishes, Thanksgiving Side Dishes, Vegetarian, Vegetarian Sides
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