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Easy Asparagus Recipe

This easy asparagus recipe is an incredibly quick and delicious way to cook asparagus! You just need a skillet and some butter.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword easy asparagus recipe, how to cook asparagus on the stove, poached asparagus, shallow boiled asparagus
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 119kcal


  • 1 bunch asparagus ends trimmed
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  • Trim about an inch and a half off the ends of the asparagus (I do this with a sharp knife while they're still tied with the rubber band).
  • Add the butter and water to a deep skillet over medium-high heat. As soon as the butter has melted, add the asparagus to the pan.
  • Cover and cook for 5 minutes. I found this time perfect for medium-thickness asparagus to be slightly more done than tender-crisp. If your asparagus is thicker or thinner or you prefer it to be more crisp, you may need to add or subtract a minute or two.
  • Season the asparagus generously with salt & pepper. You can spoon some of the buttery poaching liquid over top if you wish when serving.


  • I used a small-to-average bunch of asparagus (around 1 pound and standard thickness), but you could definitely add more as long as it fits in your pan!
  • Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Salt & Lavender makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.


Calories: 119kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 104mg | Potassium: 172mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 998IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 2mg