Here are all the best asparagus recipes for cooking this tender green vegetable! Try it roasted, in pasta, on salads, and more.
Are you an asparagus fan? This tasty spring ingredient is both perfect as a simple side dish, or as the star of the show in a main. Add it to pasta with lemon and Parmesan and you’ve got a tasty dinner. Throw it into a quiche or on a tart, or alongside scrambled eggs for brunch. It’s even fantastic raw shaved into ribbons! Here are the top asparagus recipes from this website, as well as some from a few of our favorite recipe authors from around the web.
Here’s a genius way to cook this green vegetable to charred and tender without even preheating your oven. Yes, it’s our new favorite way to make it: Broiled Asparagus! Just throw it in the broiler with a few lemon wheels, and it comes out charred and tender, with a little lift from the citrusy lemon.
Here’s a great way to use those popular bright green spears: Asparagus Pasta with Lemon & Parmesan! This one pairs chewy tagliatelle noodles with lemony roasted asparagus, garlic, and Parmesan. Topped seasoned breadcrumbs and peppery basil leaves, the combination of flavors is unbelievably fresh and savory.
We’ve got a new solution to an easy dinner that pleases everyone: this baked salmon and asparagus recipe! It’s simple, it’s elegant, but it tastes like something you’d order at a restaurant. Roasting it up on a sheet pan with lemon slices and fresh herbs adds effortless flavor that feels fresh yet refined.
Creamy, savory, crunchy, and zingy: this asparagus risotto is truly sublime. Otherwise known as, the best way to usher in spring! Roast up some asparagus with lemon at the same time that you’re stirring up a creamy risotto on the stovetop.
Here’s our go-to method we use all the time: roasted asparagus! It’s so simple that you should be able to memorize it. Who needs to follow a recipe? This one you can cook from the gut. It’s so simple: the asparagus is tossed with olive oil, salt, pepper, and lemon zest. The secret ingredient? Grated garlic, which infuses a delightful savory flavor. Throw that lemony garlic asparagus in the oven and roast for 10 to 15 minutes, until it’s tender.
Looking for an asparagus recipe to impress? Try Pasta Primavera, the Italian-sounding American dish from the 1970’s that’s here to liven up your mealtimes! There are many ways to make a primavera, so here’s our spin. Tender pasta is mixed with spring vegetables like asparagus, broccolini, peas and carrots, then tossed with a creamy, luxurious Parmesan sauce. You won’t want the bowl to end!
Here’s a simple way to get a side dish on the table…fast: sauteed asparagus! When you’re trying to get dinner on the table, you don’t want to get stuck on a side dish. Here’s an easy side dish that requires little prep and almost no thought!
Want a salad that’s as tasty as it is versatile? Enter: asparagus salad! It’s got savory sauteed asparagus, cooked up in a hot pan for a few minutes then spritzed with lemon. Add that to a bed of greens and sprinkle with with peppery radishes and salty feta cheese. A Dijon mustard dressing tops it off, perfectly balanced with tangy and savory notes.
The buttery scent of this recipe in the oven may win you one or two marriage proposals…or at least it will have the neighbors wandering by to snatch up leftovers. Try this crowd-pleasing Asparagus Quiche! It’s packed with savory, cozy flavor, perfect for spring brunches or light dinners with a crisp glass of white wine.
What’s your favorite way to make asparagus? Here’s our very best recipe: easy baked asparagus! It’s baked in a hot oven until tender, but still beautifully green. Then it’s spritzed with lemon: the way to make this healthy veggie taste over-the-moon good. The finishing touch: gooey melted Parmesan cheese shavings.
The buttery scent of this recipe in the oven may win you one or two marriage proposals…or at least it will have the neighbors wandering by to snatch up leftovers. Try this crowd-pleasing Asparagus Quiche! It’s packed with savory, cozy flavor, perfect for spring brunches or light dinners with a crisp glass of white wine. We won’t lie: it is a bit of a project. But it’s worth every second of time for the satisfaction you’ll get from making a quiche from scratch.
Ever tried asparagus raw? Raw and shaved into thin ribbons with a vegetable peeler, asparagus has a mild flavor: fresh and almost sweet. Drizzled in a lemon vinaigrette topped with Parmesan, this shaved asparagus salad is begging to get on your table.
This recipe for soft scrambled eggs is a go-to! You'll cook the eggs over low heat and gently shape them into soft folds. Then for an elevated, tangy flair, crumble in goat cheese, cheddar or Parmesan cheese. What results is a creamy, gooey mess filled with tangy cheese pockets. Serve with lemony pan fried asparagus for the perfect pairing!
Turns out grilling asparagus might be the very best way to cook it. It’s easy and requires only a few ingredients. And it comes out incredible: tender and charred, with a hint of smoke. Spritz it with lemon juice for a little brightness, and it’s a fresh and healthy side dish you won’t be able to stop eating!
Puff pastry bundles are the perfect appetizers for Brunch or any party! Asparagus, prosciutto, and cheese are wrapped together inside of a puff pastry and cooked until perfectly golden. They're easy to make, quick, and tasty! via Britney Bakes Bread
This spring risotto features asparagus, peas and lemon, plus garlic shrimp sauteed in butter. For added flair, top with rich fresh burrata cheese. It's a beautiful way to celebrate the season! via Britney Bakes Bread
Lemon pepper air fryer asparagus is a great simple side dish for busy weeknights! If you've got an air fryer, it cooks this vegetable perfectly, with crispy tips and tender stalks. via Jessica in the Kitchen
Flaky, buttery puff pastry makes a light and lovely base for the tart, and it requires no effort beyond unrolling. Top it with a creamy ricotta topping, asparagus, Parmesan cheese and salty proscuitto. via Well Plated
Fun facts about asparagus!
Want to know more about this super veggie? Here are some fun facts that will make you want to make all the asparagus recipes!
It’s a great source of fiber: 1 cup of cooked asparagus has 4 grams of fiber. (Source)
It’s also high in protein for a green vegetable: 1 cup also has 4 grams protein. (Source) That’s a similar level to broccoli and potatoes.
It can aid in eye and hair health, it has potential anti-aging properties and it’s promoted as an aphrodisiac! Who knew. (Source)
Why does asparagus make your pee smell? It’s caused by sulfurous compounds in the vegetable. (Source) If you’ve never smelled it, well: it’s actually genetic.
1 lemon (Zest from half, plus slices from the other half)
½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese (omit for vegan)
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
Cut off the tough bottom ends of the asparagus. Add the asparagus stalks to a foil-lined baking sheet. Drizzle them with olive oil, and add the kosher salt and a few grinds of black pepper. Add the zest of ½ lemon and mix with your hands. Thinly slice 4 lemon wheels from the lemon, then add them right on the tray. Sprinkle everything with Parmesan cheese.
Bake 10 to 15 minutes, until tender when pierced by a fork at the thickest part. The timing will depend on the thickness of the asparagus spears (ours in the photo were done at 12 minutes). Serve immediately.