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Sauteed Asparagus (Stovetop Asparagus Recipe)

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Nothing says spring quite like asparagus. Sauteed Asparagus, ready in minutes, is a super easy spring skillet side dish you’ll love. This easy stovetop asparagus recipe is infused with spring flavors of lemon, roasted garlic, and butter, caramelized until crisp-tender.

Top view of sauteed asparagus on a white platter with garlic and sliced lemons

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In other words, it’s mouthwateringly delicious! And bright and sunny and spring-y. And so perfect for all your spring gatherings, be that Easter, Mother’s Day, brunch… or dinner on the patio if you’re fortunate to have warm weather.

Some dishes just make you happy. This is that for me!

Top view of Sauteed Asparagus on a white oval platter with slices of fresh lemon

Choosing the Best Asparagus

When it’s asparagus season, the markets are brimming with bright green stalks. Choosing the best available is easy with these 3 tips:

  • Choose heads of asparagus that are tight and firm.
  • Look for bright green stalks that fade into white at the end.
  • Choose asparagus spears that are sitting in water, it helps keep them fresh longer.

How to Trim Asparagus

The ends of the asparagus stalks tend to be woody and tough. You don’t want to eat those ends!

To find out where the stalk becomes tough, bend an asparagus spear by holding on the bottom, and where it naturally snaps is where you want to trim the ends. This helps separate the tender stalk from the woody bottoms.

Line up the asparagus on a cutting board and trim at the same spot across the bunch.

Top view of Sauteed Asparagus ingredients on a bamboo cutting board with garlic and lemon

Sauteed Asparagus with Garlic Ingredients

Ingredient measurements are in the recipe card below, but here is a list of the 4 ingredients you’ll need to make this delicious spring side dish in minutes!

  • Butter
  • Asparagus
  • Garlic cloves
  • Lemon juice

Kitchen Tools

You will need a skillet large enough for the asparagus spears (unless your cutting them into sections) and a heat proof spatula. A garlic press is also super helpful and quick.

How to Make Sauteed Asparagus

Simple instructions are in the recipe card below, but here’s a quick overview:

  • Trim the asparagus ends.
  • Melt butter and garlic in a large skillet.
  • Sauté until asparagus is bright green (this happens quicker than you think so keep an eye on them!)
  • Remove from heat, season with salt and pepper and a squeeze of lemon.

Done and done! Isn’t that so simple?

Closeup diagonal view of sauteed asparagus with minced garlic on a white platter
Top view of sauteed asparagus on a white platter with garlic and sliced lemons

Sauteed Garlic Asparagus (Stovetop Asparagus Recipe)

Sauteed Asparagus, ready in minutes, is a super easy spring skillet side dish infused with flavors of lemon, roasted garlic, and butter.
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Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes
Servings: 4 servings



  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 bunch asparagus
  • 4 cloves garlic sliced
  • 1 lemon squeezed
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Melt butter or margarine in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add asparagus spears and garlic; cover and cook until asparagus is tender, 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat, season with salt and pepper to taste and toss with lemon juice.
  • Cook time will depend on the thickness of the asparagus and how soft you like them to be.


Calories: 102kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 70mg | Potassium: 242mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1113IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Keyword: asparagus, asparagus recipe, stovetop asparagus recipe

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