Pan Fried Asparagus Recipe

Pan fried asparagus recipe is a healthy, light, and delicious side dish. This recipe will teach you how to cook asparagus in a pan, resulting in tender stalks cooked in butter seasoned with salt, pepper, and garlic.

If you love tender asparagus, then pan frying is the perfect way to go. Here is how to pan-fry asparagus. This is a basic recipe for a simple side dish to accompany your next meal.

Fresh Asparagus Spears

How to Make the Perfect Pan Fried Asparagus

Properly cooked, well-seasoned asparagus is one of the most scrumptious vegetables. Asparagus can be eaten raw or cooked and makes a wonderful addition to any meal.

One of the best things about asparagus is that it can be eaten at any time of the year, but it is most delicious and affordable when it is asparagus season. There are plenty of delicious ways to cook asparagus, and this recipe is one of the simplest. It is a favorite way to feed our family healthily.

What is the Best Way to Cook Asparagus

The best way to cook asparagus is to fry it in a cast iron pan. Pan-fried asparagus has a crispy exterior and a tender interior. Frying asparagus in a cast iron pan is an easy way to make this quick side dish.

How to Tell if Asparagus is Fresh

It’s very easy to tell if green asparagus is fresh or not. Here are a few signs you can look for to ensure you have the freshest bundle of asparagus:

  • Texture: Fresh asparagus tips have the best flavor, so make sure they are firm tightly closed, and unwilted. Avoid stalks that appear limp or wilted and cut ends that are dried out.
  • Color: Asparagus should have a rich green color with tips in a dark green color or with purple highlights.
  • Size: Select stalks that are about the same size length and thickness. This will ensure that all your stalks cook at the same rate and are tender.
How to Trim Asparagus

How to Trim Asparagus

The best way to trim asparagus is the snapping method. First, take three to four stalks of asparagus and hold them loosely in your hand. Bend the stems, allowing them to flex and gently bend until the asparagus snaps. 

Each spear will snap in its own place automatically where the woody part ends, and the fresh, juicy asparagus begins. The woody ends can be added to a compost pile or saved to make vegetable stock.

Is Fried Asparagus Good For You?

Pan fried asparagus is a very healthy vegetable with many benefits. First, it is a low-calorie food that can be eaten roasted, boiled, or grilled. Secondly, it is high in nutrients and contains vitamin A, folate, fiber, and other nutrients.

It also contains potassium for muscle function and some calcium for strong bones. Lastly, 1 cup of cooked asparagus has 40 calories, 4 grams of protein, 4 grams of fiber, and 404 milligrams of potassium.

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Pan Fried Asparagus Ingredients

I always believe in using raw, organic, or fresh local ingredients when possible. For bulk pantry ingredients like salt, pepper, and organic minced garlic, I order from Azure Standard.

  • Fresh Asparagus: For this recipe, I used 3-4 pounds of asparagus
  • Butter: 1 stick of butter (1/2 cup)
  • Salt: 2 teaspoons
  • Pepper: 1/2 teaspoon
  • Organic Minced Garlic: 1 tablespoon
Asparagus Spears

How to Pan Fry Asparagus On the Stove

In this section, you will learn the process of how to cook asparagus in a pan on the stove. This is a straightforward process, but it requires attention to detail to get the best results.

How to Trim Asparagus

Step 1: Wash and Trim Asparagus

Rinse the asparagus spears well in cold water and then trim the ends of the stalk by using the snapping method. Take three to four stalks of asparagus and hold them loosely in your hand. Bend the stems, allowing them to flex and gently bend until the asparagus snaps. 

Step 2: Heat Cast Iron Pan

In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium-high heat.

Asparagus Cooking in a Pan

Step 3: Add Asparagus and Cook

Add the asparagus to the cast iron pan and cook until lightly browned and softened when the butter has melted. Cook 5 to 10 minutes in the hot skillet until asparagus is fork-tender, occasionally stirring to prevent burning.

How to Pan Fry Asaparagus

Step 4: Season Asparagus

When the asparagus is almost finished cooking, add salt, black pepper, and minced garlic. Adding garlic at the end of cooking will prevent burning and result in a better flavor. Cooked asparagus speers are best served hot.

Tips for Cooking Pan Fried Asparagus

  • Add Garlic at the End: Since garlic cooks very quickly, adding it at the end of coooking the asparagus will prevent the garlic from burning.
  • Don’t Overcrowd the Pan: Asparagus will cook more evenly if they are not overcrowded.

What to Serve With Asparagus

You can serve this healthy asparagus recipe as a side dish with any of your main dishes. Here are a few of my favorite ones:

Pan Fry Asaparagus

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Pan Fried Asparagus Recipe

Pan Fry Asaparagus

Pan fried asparagus recipe is a healthy, light, and delicious side dish. This recipe will teach you how to cook asparagus in a pan, resulting in tender stalks cooked in butter, seasoned with salt, pepper, and garlic.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • Fresh Asparagus: For this recipe, I used 3-4 pounds of asparagus
  • Butter: 1 stick of butter (1/2 cup)
  • Salt: 2 teaspoons
  • Pepper: 1/2 teaspoon
  • Organic Minced Garlic: 1 tablespoon

Instructions

Step 1: Wash and Trim Asparagus

Rinse the asparagus spears well in cold water and then trim the ends of the stalk by using the snapping method. Take three to four stalks of asparagus and hold them loosely in your hand. Bend the stems, allowing them to flex and gently bend until the asparagus snaps. 

Step 2: Heat Cast Iron Pan

In a heavy skillet, melt the butter over medium heat.

Step 3: Add Asparagus and Cook

When the butter has melted, add the asparagus to the cast iron pan and cook until lightly browned and softened. Cook 5 to 10 minutes until asparagus is fork-tender stirring occasionally to prevent burning.

Step 4: Season Asparagus

When the asparagus is almost finished cooking, add in the salt, pepper, and minced garlic. Adding garlic at the end of cooking will prevent burning and result in a better flavor. Asparagus is best served hot.

Notes

Tips For Cooking Pan Fried Asparagus

  • Add Garlic at the End: Since garlic cooks very quickly, adding it at the end of coooking the asparagus will prevent the garlic from burning.
  • Don’t Overcrowd the Pan: Asparagus will cook more evenly if they are not overcrowded.


What To Serve With Asparagus

You can serve this pan fried asparagus recipe as a side dish with any of your main dishes. Here are a few of my favorite ones:

Dutch Oven Whole Chicken

Simple Healthy Oven Baked Chicken Breast

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FAQs

How to Clean Asparagus

Remove the rubber bands that hold the stalks together to clean asparagus and rinse the asparagus under cool water. Gently dry the asparagus using paper towels or a clean linen kitchen towel.

How To ReHeat Asparagus

Lightly pan fry with a teaspoon of butter until it is warmed through. Cooked asparagus is generally best when only cooked once. The texture will soften upon reheating, so it is best to eat it fresh.

Seasoning for Asparagus

The best seasoning for asparagus is simple – salt, pepper, and minced garlic. But, if you are feeling adventurous, there are a variety of dry seasoning blends that you can use to season asparagus.

  • Cajun Seasoning
  • Ranch Seasoning
  • Everything Bagel Seasoning
  • Italian Seasoning
  • Lemon Pepper Seasoning

How Long to Pan Fry Asparagus

When pan frying asparagus, it can take 5- 10 minutes, depending on the thickness of the spears. If you are using thin asparagus spears, the timing will be closer to 5 minutes, while thicker spears will take more cooking time.

What is the Best Type of Pan to Cook Asparagus in?

A cast-iron skillet is a great tool for cooking asparagus because it heats up quickly and evenly. A well-seasoned cast-iron skillet will provide a non-stick surface perfect for pan fried asparagus.

Asparagus is an easy, fast, healthy, and simple recipe side dish for any meal. With this recipe for pan fried asparagus, now is the perfect time to get in the kitchen and cook up this delicious dish!

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