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Celebrate spring with our 20 Favorite Asparagus Recipes! Asparagus is one of our most-loved spring veggies and has so much versatility in the kitchen! Serve it up as a healthy side dish, fold it into stir-fries and sautees, turn it into creamy asparagus soup, or a lovely sauce or a salad, or have it be the star of an elegant main dish like this Asparagus Risotto! We’ll show you the best ways to cook asparagus: bake asparagus, stir-fry asparagus, saute asparagus, and grill asparagus, then use it in a myriad of ways.
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Baked Asparagus Recipes
The simplest way to cook asparagus is to roast it in the oven until perfectly tender-crisp, tossed with a little olive oil, salt and pepper. We love the addition of lemon zest for added brightness. Here are several ways to bake asparagus!
New to Asparagus? This simple Roasted Asparagus recipe couldn’t be any easier! It is one of our “go-to” healthy, vegan side dishes- it’s fast (20 mins!) and yummy and goes with practically everything! Serve it as a healthy vegan side dish or use it in other things during the week- salads, scrambles, pasta, buddha bowls, etc.
Asparagus and Salmon just belong together, don’t they? They also take roughly the same amount of time to roast- a total win! This Roasted Salmon with Asparagus and Dill Sauce is a simple, easy sheet-pan dinner that comes together in 30 minutes yet feels like a feast! Healthy and delicious!
Another favorite spring meal- weeknight dinners really don’t get any easier than this! This Tarragon Chicken with Roasted Asparagus, Lemon, and Leeks is fast, easy, and healthy with minimal clean-up.
MAIN DISH Asparagus recipes!
In these dinner recipes, asparagus takes center stage! We love asparagus so much we often feature it in the main dish.
OH MY GOODNESS! This Lemony Asparagus Risotto with leeks and basil is so flavorful! It’s light and creamy, with vibrant spring color. Top it with grilled mushrooms, fish or chicken for a delicious spring dinner!
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Ok, here’s a fancy dinner that is perfect for date night. Fennel Crusted Halibut is pan-seared then placed atop the most luscious, creamy Asparagus Sauce. The asparagus sauce can be made ahead! Serve it up with spring veggies.
Need a simple elegant one-pan dinner idea? This Baked Cod with Asparagus, Fennel and Leeks is simple and easy- perfect for busy nights! Serve it on its own or over a bowl of creamy polenta.
This healthy vegan pasta recipe comes together in less than 30 minutes! Charred Asparagus Kale Pasta with a creamy Cannellini Bean Leek Sauce- try it, we think you’ll love it!
Hello sunshine in a bowl! This Spring Orzo Pasta with Asparagus, Lemon and Dill – has all the flavors we crave in spring! Serve this warm as a quick flavorful entree or chilled as a side salad.
This Asparagus Tart with tarragon, chives and gruyere may look fancy- but it is deceivingly simple! An easy elegant dish, serve it as lunch, appetizer, or call it a meal – perfect for a special occasion. Under 30 minutes of hands-on time!
This vibrant green Creamy Asparagus soup with fennel and tarragon contains so much spring goodness! Plus, it just makes me happy, just looking at it. That color! A delicious start to a meal, or make it the meal! Vegan adaptable.
Stir-fry Asparagus Recipes!
Stir-fried Asparagus is such a quick and easy way to serve up our favorite spring veggie, and it takes just a few minutes! Asparagus gets perfectly tender yet remains snappy and crisp- retaining its beautiful vibrant spring color! Don’t have a wok? No problem- use a skillet!
This Stir-fried Szechuan Asparagus is a flavor explosion! Made with Garlic and Ginger and a flavorful, authentic Szechuan Sauce– enjoy it as a healthy vegan side or add your choice of protein and make it a meal!
We love how fast and easy this Shrimp Asparagus Stir Fry is! Infused with Lemon and Basil -it is a delicious and healthy skillet meal that can be made in just 15-minutes! Low-carb and GF.
This simple, flavorful Asparagus Mushroom Stir-Fry is loaded up with vibrant spring veggies in a simple sauce, with your choice of protein. It can be made in 20 minutes flat! Keep it vegan with crispy tofu, or add chicken or shrimp!
Delicious Asparagus Salads
Did you know that raw asparagus is one of the healthiest things we can feed our gut? This Fennel Asparagus Salad with Almonds and Lemony Leek Dressing is vegan, can be made ahead, and is a perfect side to fish, chicken or tofu. One of our fall-time favorite salads on the blog.
This Spring Pasta Salad with asparagus & mushrooms and Lemony parsley dressing is so tasty- perfect for spring gatherings or potlucks!
We’ve reinvented Tabouli to make it a little more spring friendly! This Spring Tabbouleh Salad with Quinoa and Asparagus can be made with your choice of spring veggies, infused with fresh dill, lemon, sliced almonds and crumbly goat or feta (optional). A healthy, flavorful side dish that can be made ahead- perfect for barbecues, potlucks and outdoor gatherings.
Spring Asparagus Salad with Israeli Couscous, kalamata olives, pine nuts mint, and feta in a lemony dressing.
Grilled Asparagus Recipes!
Simply put, asparagus is elevated when grilled. We could eat our grilled asparagus daily- and I am not joking. It is lovely as a side dish and really highlights asparagus’s texture and flavor
Grilled Asparagus is one of the easiest, fastest and tastiest ways to cook asparagus in under 15 minutes! A delicious healthy vegan side dish everyone will love.
Grilled Asparagus with Garlic Scapes & Shishito Peppers tossed with a simple, Asian-Style Marinade then grilled to perfection- a vegan, gluten-free adaptable side dish, perfect for summer that can be paired with your choice of protein.
Asparagus for Breakfast? Yes!
Asparagus is perfect for brunch or breakfast, easily incorporated into frittata, quiche and scrambles.
Scrambled eggs get enlivened with vibrant spring asparagus, goat cheese, dill and leeks. A delicious bowl of goodness!
Stocked up with fresh herbs, leeks and asparagus, and a flavorful, creamy chickpea flour filling, this spring frittata is vegan, eggless and tasty!
A simple yet elegant breakfast or brunch recipe-Asparagus toast is topped with a pillowy poached egg and warm bacon vinaigrette.
These savory crepes are made from scratch then stuffed with a mixture of asparagus, mushrooms, leeks and goat cheese– a tasty brunch recipe!
Asparagus is a tender veggie that cooks quickly. We find that short cooking methods work best to preserve asparagus’s color and crispness. Quick roasting, grilling, stir-frying, or lightly sauteeing until tender-crisp elevates asparagus.
Asparagus has a clean, green, grassy flavor that tastes of spring.
We love pairing asparagus with salmon, chicken and Asian flavors. Spring herbs like tarragon really elevate asparagus.
Don’t overcook asparagus or you will lose its lovely color, snappy texture and vibrancy. Don’t forget to remove the tough fibrous ends of the asparagus.
If asparagus seems limp or dry, cut off 1/2 inch of the root end, and submerge ends in a glass of cold water to revive. They will perk right up!
Pick out a few Asparagus Recipes to try out when asparagus starts showing up in your local area- typically April- June!
Enjoy these let us know your favorites below!
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Celebrate spring with our 20 Favorite Asparagus Recipes! Asparagus is one of our most-loved spring veggies and has so much versatility in the kitchen! Serve it up as a healthy side dish, fold it into stir-fries and sautees, turn it into creamy asparagus soup, or a lovely sauce or a salad, or have it be the star of an elegant main dish. We’ll show you the best cooking methods: bake asparagus, stir-fry asparagus, saute asparagus, and grill asparagus, then use it in a myriad of ways. (Baked Asparagus)
- Preheat oven to 400F
- Trim asparagus: Hold one spear of asparagus in your hand, and with your fingers snap off the rough end. Note where it naturally breaks. Use this as a guide to trim the remaining asparagus, laying it next to the others. Cut the remaining spears to match this length.
- Toss the trimmed asparagus in a bowl with olive oil, garlic, lemon zest, salt & pepper.
- Lay spears out in a single layer on a parchment-lined sheet pan.
- Roast until just tender (yet still vibrant green), about 15-25 minutes, depending on size and thickness, tossing halfway through.
- Once tender squeeze with lemon juice, and give a good toss. Taste for salt, adding more if needed.
- Place in a serving dish and garnish with any of the optional garnishes.
Serve the roasted asparagus as a side dish, or cut and add to salads, pasta salads, etc.
- Serving Size: with 2 tablespoons pine nuts
- Calories: 127
- Sugar: 3.5 g
- Sodium: 294.6 mg
- Fat: 10.1 g
- Saturated Fat: 1.3 g
- Carbohydrates: 8.3 g
- Fiber: 4 g
- Protein: 4.5 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
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