This easy sautéed asparagus comes together in a flash. Tender-crisp asparagus is delicious on its own brightened up with a touch of lemon or jazzed up with a crispy topping, fresh herbs or crumbled cheese with the variations below., January 2022


Credit: Photography / Caitlin Bensel, Styling / Emily Nabors Hall / Julia Bayless

Recipe Summary

15 mins
15 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add asparagus, salt and pepper; cook, stirring often, just until the asparagus is tender-crisp, about 3 minutes. Add garlic; cook, undisturbed, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in lemon zest and lemon juice. Sprinkle with desired toppings (see Variations, below).



1. Top with 2 Tbsp. each toasted whole-wheat panko and grated Parmesan cheese.

2. Top with 2 Tbsp. each toasted whole-wheat panko and chopped fresh herbs (chives, parsley, dill and/or oregano).

3. Top with 1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese or feta cheese.

4. Add 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper with garlic; drizzle with 1 tsp. toasted sesame oil and sprinkle with 1 tsp. toasted sesame seeds before serving.

5. Top with 1/4 cup toasted chopped almonds or pecans.

6. Replace grated lemon zest and juice with grated orange zest and juice.

Nutrition Facts

about 1/2 cup
88 calories; protein 3g; carbohydrates 5g; dietary fiber 2g; sugars 3g; fat 7g; saturated fat 1g; vitamin a iu 859IU; sodium 148mg; potassium 237mg; niacin equivalents 2mg.