How to Saute (and Roast) Asparagus

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on March 12, 2009

I thought I’d share my favorite way to prepare asparagus. Quick, easy and delicious!

Rinse with water and pat dry. Snap the ends off of each asparagus spear by gently bending each spear. The spear will snap natrually “where it is supposed to” break off.

Place spears in bowl and drizzle extra virgin olive oil over the spears. Let sit for about 30 minutes, while you prepare the other parts of your meal.

Pour spears and olive oil into the skillet where you plan to saute the asparagus. Season with salt and pepper if you wish.


Saute over medium high heat for about 4-5 minutes. Spears will turn a brighter green color as they cook. Asparagus should still have a little crunch to it when cooked this way. Enjoy your “Asparagus al Dente!”

To Roast…

Lay asparagus spears in a single layer on baking sheet.  Drizzle olive oil over the top.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Roast at 400 for 8 minutes.  Turn off the oven and let sit in hot oven for another 5 minutes.

Remove from oven and serve.

What is your favorite way to prepare asparagus???

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Abigail March 22, 2009 at 10:50 am

We love to grill it.
Clean asparagus as normal
add asparagus, EVOO, and seanings (pepper, garlic, onion, whatever else we want) in a foil pack
put on the grill with other stuff
about 4-5 minutes on each side

yummy!

since we’re not grilling tonight, I’ll be trying your suggestion. thanks!

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Carrie March 23, 2009 at 11:34 pm

I love asparagus so much but my family does not. So I never cook it but seeing it on your blog inspired me to buy it and cook it, even if it is just for me. Well, lo and behold I made it, just baked for about 12 minutes with salt, pepper, olive oil, and a tiny bit of lemon on it, and my daughter actually ate an ENTIRE piece. She is deathly afraid of vegetables of all kinds. I am loving it! Lets hope it lasts. (and it was fun to watch the tortured look on my Husband’s face as I made him eat a piece too)

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Sam April 21, 2009 at 5:34 pm

I love to roast my asparagus. I trim it toss with EVOO and spread onto a jellyroll pan. I then separate a couple of heads of garlic (leave the skin on) and toss with olive oil and place on jellyroll pan also. Sprinkle asparagus and garlic with kosher salt and bake at 350 for approx 20 min. Turn over half way through baking. If you like you can toss grape tomatoes with asparagus and olive oil for an additional flavor. I serve this to guest often.

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