Asparagus with Anchovies & Garlic

Asparagus with Anchovies & Garlic

5 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, April/May 2006

Think bold Caesar-salad flavors meet asparagus. This preparation will kick you in the taste buds with assertive garlic, spicy red pepper and rich, salty anchovy.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 bunches asparagus, tough ends trimmed, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 teaspoons anchovy paste, or 1 anchovy fillet, minced


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  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and crushed red pepper and cook, stirring constantly, until the garlic is fragrant, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Add asparagus, water and anchovy; cook, stirring often, until the asparagus is tender-crisp, 5
  2. to 6 minutes.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: about ¾ cup
  • Per serving: 93 calories; 6 g fat(1 g sat); 2 g fiber; 6 g carbohydrates; 4 g protein; 167 mcg folate; 8 mg cholesterol; 2 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 1,172 IU vitamin A; 10 mg vitamin C; 34 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 467 mg sodium; 270 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Folate (42% daily value), Vitamin A (23% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: ½
  • Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1 fat

Reviews 5

April 25, 2011
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By: sarah.raevyn
Just say 'yes' to anchovies! The last few times we've made asparagus, we kept it plain and simple. This recipe was a refreshing and delicious new way to make asparagus! This was the first time I've used anchovies/anchovy paste in a recipe, and I cannot wait to try it in another recipe-maybe pasta next time. The only thing we did differently was double the garlic, because we can't seem to get enough of the stuff. Pros: Garlic salty flavor, simple and quick vegetable side dish
May 21, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
I made this recipe because my husband loves anchovies but hates asparagus. So I thought I could disguise the asparagus with the anchovy paste. Not only did he eat this dish but he even enjoyed it! I will make this dish again.
September 22, 2009
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By: EatingWell User
I tried this recipe because I had a tube of anchovie paste in my fridge and wanted to use it. The recipe turned out to be quite delicious. I think I may actually buy the paste again just to make asparagus this way! Bethany, Wellington, FL
September 22, 2009
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By: EatingWell User
This is our favorite way of preparing asparagus. Don't let the anchovies put you off - adds a nutty flavor, not at all fishy. You can buy wonderful asparagus now year round. Sandra, Plano, TX
September 22, 2009
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By: EatingWell User
A new way to make asparagus for me. I love the salty garlic flavor! Sara, Colchester, VT
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