When spring rolls around, with it comes TONS of fresh produce back in action after a long winter (sorry sweet potatoes and pomegranates, we’ll see you next year!). One of our favorites? Gotta be asparagus. While somewhat similar in flavor to other green veggies like broccoli or green beans, asparagus’s earthy, slightly bitter taste largely stands alone, making it an awesome side dish for a number of meals. If you’ve started spotting the green stalks at your farmers market or grocery store, pick some up and get inspired by our list of 46 delicious asparagus recipes.
Sprinkled among our more involved recipes here, we’ve included simple methods for how to cook asparagus. Whether you’re grilling, air frying, roasting, or steaming, we’ve got tips for you. Whatever method you go with, make sure you first trim off the woody ends — no one likes expecting a crispy bite and getting something tough and stringy instead. You can either snap them off or peel down to the white part, just don’t forget!
If you’re looking for something to serve to a crowd, we highly recommend wrapping asparagus in some bacon or prosciutto for a great snack or sit down meal appetizer. A little more involved? Get some crescent or puff pastry dough and go to town, like in our ham asparagus bundles or asparagus and chive tart. For more of a main dish, we’ve got lots of pasta and chicken recipes with asparagus as the star or supporting cast. Hint: if you’re into lemon and garlic, you’re going to love them.
You'll want to make this spring soup again and again.
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We shine a spotlight on the spikey star ingredient with a supporting cast of creamy white wine sauce, deeply infused with fragrant lemony notes and a nice salty Parmesan kick. We can't think of a better harmony of flavors to celebrate the beginning of spring!
Get the Lemony Asparagus Pasta recipe.
Top it with garlic, a little cream, Parmesan, and mozzarella and bake it until the cheese is bubbly and golden and the asparagus is tender — this side dish will be gone in seconds.
Get the Cheesy Baked Asparagus recipe.
This pasta tastes like spring! Don't skimp on the lemon slices, they really brighten the creamy sauce!
Get the Lemon Asparagus Chicken Pasta recipe.
Cooking the packs over high heat will help to sear the fish while generating enough steam to fully cook the salmon and the asparagus. If the fish is flaking and light pink then you'll know your salmon is done.
Here's how to roast perfect asparagus every time.
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What's not to love? It's healthy, easy, and the balsamic honey mustard sauce is a knockout.
With minimal time and zero effort you can have asparagus ready faster than your oven could even preheat. With a teaspoon of olive oil and a little lemon juice to brighten it up, you have a quick and healthy side ready to go. It's our new favorite way to cook asparagus.
Get the Air Fryer Asparagus recipe.
Here's how to steam perfect asparagus every time.
Get the Steamed Asparagus recipe.
Here's how to grill perfect asparagus every time.
Get the Grilled Asparagus recipe.
Everything's better caprese'd!
Get the Caprese Asparagus recipe.
Release your inner goddess with these healthy bowls.
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