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Sauteed asparagus

Sauteed Asparagus

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 13 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


Sauteed asparagus is the fastest way to turn this veggie into a healthy side dish! Cook it simply with lemon, or customize with herbs or garlic.


  • 1 pound asparagus
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice plus zest of 1/2 lemon
  • Optional: Feta cheese crumbles or shredded Parmesan cheese, for serving
  • *Other adders: add 1 clove minced garlic after 3 minutes, use 2 tablespoons butter in place of the olive oil, add 1 tablespoon chopped fresh herbs at the end (chives, dill or parsley are nice)


  1. Wash the asparagus and trim off the ends. Cut the stalks into bite-sized pieces.
  2. In large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the asparagus, kosher salt, and fresh ground pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the largest pieces are tender, about 5 to 8 minutes. This depends on the thickness and maturity of the asparagus, so it’s different every time! Taste and remove when it’s just tender and still bright green, but not crunchy (cook a minute longer if you need to).
  3. Meanwhile, zest the lemon and juice it. When the asparagus is done, remove from heat and stir in lemon juice and lemon zest. (Optional: top with feta cheese crumbles or shredded Parmesan.)
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Vegan