Garlic Sautéed Asparagus Recipe

This Garlic Sautéed Asparagus recipe is a quick and easy side dish that’s full of fantastic flavor with minimal ingredients.

Sautéed Asparagus

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A wooden spoon holding up spears of this asparagus recipe

Try these other recipes featuring asparagus: Asparagus and Leek TartBalsamic Grilled Asparagus and Sautéed Asparagus Gremolata.

One of the most popular recipes on this site is Nanou’s Easy Garlic Green Beans. And with good reason! Those little guys use minimal ingredients and minimal work for maximum flavor and a healthy side dish that people can’t seem to stop eating. So naturally I had to make a variation with asparagus! This has quickly become my go-to sautéed asparagus recipe. It’s bursting with classic garlicky flavor and the results are the perfect delicious texture! It’s easy enough for a quick weeknight dinner but special enough to serve alongside a holiday roast or to pep up any dinner party.

Tips for how to saute asparagus

  • Be sure to trim the woodsy ends off the asparagus.
  • Heat up a large skillet over medium high heat and melt the butter and olive oil in it and then add the garlic.
  • I like to let the minced garlic saute for a minute before I add the asparagus to the pan to take away some of the spicy, raw-garlic flavor.
  • Be sure to stir this often so the garlic doesn’t burn. If it burns you’ll get a terribly bitter flavor in the dish.
  • Add the chopped parsley to the pan just before serving.

An overhead image of sautéed asparagus in a pan

How do you store asparagus?

I like to store it in the fridge standing upright in a glass of water to keep it fresh. Once cooked I refrigerate it covered.

How do you know when asparagus goes bad?

The tops start to get mushy and it gets a foul smell.

How long will asparagus keep in fridge?

3-4 days- I store it with the bottoms in water (the way I put flowers in a vase)

Can we freeze asparagus?

Yes, but I’d encourage you to do it before making this recipe. And blanch it first.

Can you pre-cut asparagus?

Sure, but try not to do it more than a day in advance for optimal freshness.

Should you peel asparagus?

That’s up to you. My mother inlaw prefers to peel hers, but I don’t. It may benefit thicker pieces as they tend to be more fibrous.

Can you reheat asparagus?

Yes, although the texture may be a tad mushier than it started. I tend to use the microwave.

How do you trim asparagus?

Hold the bottom of the asparagus spear in your hand and gently start bending it. It will naturally break in the spot where the stem becomes woodsy.

A close up photo of asparagus in a pan

Ingredients for this asparagus recipe

  • Olive oil
  • Salted butter
  • Garlic
  • Asparagus spears
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper
  • Fresh parsley

Ingredients to prep ahead:

  • Wash parsley
  • Clean and trim asparagus
  • Peel garlic

Helpful tools:

  1. Chef’s knife
  2. Cutting board
  3. Large saute pan
  4. Wooden spoon
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A close up photo of asparagus in a pan.
Garlic Sautéed Asparagus Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins

Everyone loves my Garlic Green Beans recipe so much that I just had to make a variation using asparagus! Garlic Sautéed Asparagus Recipe is a quick and easy side dish that's full of fantastic flavor with minimal ingredients.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: asparagus recipe
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Jessy Freimann, The Life Jolie
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons salted butter
  • 3-5 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • 1 bunch asparagus, cleaned and trimmed
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2-3 Tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  1. Heat oil and melt butter in a large saute pan over medium high heat.

  2. Add garlic and saute for 1 minute, stirring often.

  3. Add asparagus and reduce heat to medium. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

  4. Saute for 10-15 minutes stirring periodically until the asparagus softens but isn't soggy (cooking times will vary based on the thickness of the asparagus).

  5. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Top with chopped parsley and serve immediately.

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    July 10, 2020 at 1:48 pm Delicious tasting!
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