Fresh, green asparagus is delightfully crisp and simultaneously bitter and sweet. It also happens to be incredibly versatile in terms of preparation and can be cooked in the oven, in a pan, on the grill, and more. It’s no wonder this well-loved vegetable is a Spring staple! Asparagus can stand alone as a show-stopping side dish, whether it’s plainly grilled or dressed in citrus and a rich cheese, but it’s also a game-changing ingredient in many tasty mains. We’ve collected our favorite recipes where asparagus rightfully takes the spotlight, creating a fresh and delicious dish.
Asparagus with Bacon and ShallotsGive asparagus a quick hit with the broiler and add crispy bacon, shallots, and the flavor of whole-grain mustard, and maple syrup. There’s nothing this instant favorite doesn’t have.
Blistered AsparagusIt doesn’t get much easier than 6 minutes in a heavy skillet. Simple seasonings like butter, salt, and pepper allow the natural asparagus flavor to shine.
Asparagus with Sesame and Citrus VinaigretteSweet and tangy citrus, toasted sesame seeds, sesame oil, and cider vinegar give this side dynamic flavor. We love the contrast between the crunchy asparagus and the soft navel orange segments
Asparagus with Balsamic Onions and Blue CheeseTake your asparagus to a new level with flavorful balsamic onions and blue cheese crumbles. Make the onion mixture while the asparagus bakes and have this side ready in no time.
Asparagus with Lemon-Parmesan BreadcrumbsBreadcrumbs make everything better— even asparagus. Panko, lemon, and Parmesan cheese add zing to this crunchy veg for a perfect Spring side dish.
Quick Skillet AsparagusExtra-virgin olive oil adds flavor and healthful antioxidants to this side and sautéing it doesn’t burn away the benefits. Add a dash of lemon and sprinkle of salt after cooking, just before serving.
Browned Butter AsparagusThe rich, nuttiness of browned butter is complimented by a touch of fresh tarragon, resulting in a unique flavor. If you prefer another herb, feel free to substitute.
Asparagus with Lemon and PecorinoThis classic recipe utilizes pecorino Romano cheese, lemon, olive oil, and salt and pepper to highlight Spring asparagus.
Grilled AsparagusTake dinner outside (or just use a grill pan) and create a perfect grilled veggie side dish in just 10 minutes. We love the idea of serving this at brunch!
Asparagus and Peas with Warm Tarragon VinaigretteUse frozen peas and sugar snap peas in conduction with asparagus to create a Spring veggie salad. Shallots, tarragon vinegar, and a toss with crispy bacon make this salad an instant favorite.
Creamy Asparagus and Pancetta PenneTake advantage of the vegetables that are in season— including our favorite, asparagus— and make a vibrant and flavorful pasta. This creamy main feels like an indulgence but is chock full of healthful ingredients
Grilled Asparagus and 6-Minute EggHomemade aioli, pancetta, grilled asparagus, and soft-boiled eggs make for a delicious and impressive dish. Serve as an appetizer or prepare for brunch with friends.
Spring Vegetable SoupAll of your favorites like leeks, carrots, green peas, asparagus, and spinach, are simmered with cannellini beans and red potatoes for a filling yet light soup. Use vegetable stock rather than chicken to make this dish vegetarian.
Salmon, Asparagus, and Fresh Lemon KebabsThese kebobs trump the traditional varieties! Salmon and asparagus are given unique flavor with zesty lemon slices and char from the grill. We love the rice vinegar, soy sauce, honey, and garlic sauce that coats the fish and veggies prior to cooking.
Asparagus with Peas and ProsciuttoIf you like a hearty side with your steak, try this take on asparagus. Peas add more veg and prosciutto, butter, and fresh mint take this side to a new level.
Green Pea and Asparagus Soup with Poached Eggs and ToastLight, lovely, and lush, this egg-topped soup is all you need for a well-rounded spring supper.
Asparagus with Red Pepper and ManchegoGive your asparagus a Spanish twist with red bell pepper, smoked paprika, and Manchego cheese.
Harvest Vegetable FrittataSauteed green beans and asparagus, roasted butternut squash and Brussels, and Gruyere cheese make this frittata one of a kind. This recipe utilizes holiday leftovers, but you can use new veggies or boxed stuffing.
Chilled Sesame AsparagusPlay it cool on a warmer Spring day by chilling after cooking and tossing it in a tangy soy-sesame vinaigrette. Serve with cold cuts, cheeses, and sandwiches for the perfect picnic or snack dinner.
Roasted Asparagus with Egg and TomatoCrack an egg over roasted vegetables and top with shaved Parmesan and chives. Viola! An easy, satisfying dish that’s perfect for a busy weeknight. Serve with toasted bread drizzled with olive oil.
Marinated Asparagus-and-Carrot SaladBathe carrots and asparagus in balsamic vinegar and chill for an hour. These veggies are as irresistible as pickles!
Feta, Green Onion, and Asparagus FrittataThis weekend’s brunch menu never looked so good. A flavor-packed veggie frittata with feta, shallot, green onion, and asparagus will surely keep you coming back for more.
Roasted Asparagus, Mushroom, and Onion PizzaMake your own (way more delicious and fresh) frozen pizza. Partially baking the pizza before freezing helps draw moisture out of the vegetables and set the crust so it stays nice and crisp.
Spring Panzanella with AsparagusPanzanella is a Florentine bread salad that’s popular in the summer. Instead of tomatoes, use asparagus and radishes for a Spring makeover.
Asparagus Shrimp Stir-FryA savory shrimp stir-fry is just asking for sweet, juicy Spring asparagus. Give this dish flavor with fish sauce, oyster sauce, garlic, cooking wine, and shallots. Serve with steamed jasmine rice.
Eggs in a Garden Breakfast TartThanks to ever-handy, store-bought puff pastry, this stunning savory tart is shockingly easy to make. The flakey puff pastry crust cradles 8 over easy eggs, surrounded with vibrant spring vegetables.
Savory Spring GaletteLighter than a quiche, this seasonal galette can be baked ahead and reheated, making it especially handy for a dinner party or for a midweek dinner.
Thai Shrimp ScampiSpaghetti, asparagus, and shrimp are served in a coconut curry broth and topped with cilantro and mint. If you have trouble finding lemongrass, substitute 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind.
Asparagus with Dill VinaigretteSimple steamed asparagus is elevated to a company-worthy side dish when tossed in a homemade dill vinaigrette
White Bean-Asparagus Salad with Bacon and ThymeThis salad is packed with beans, asparagus, and bacon, making it just hearty enough to pass for a main dish! Fresh thyme, parsley, and Parmesan cheese make it a flavor winner
Creamy Spring PastaTwo things we just couldn’t live without— gorgeous Spring produce and satisfying pasta. This dish is luxuriously creamy, but the pasta soaks up the sauce quickly. Serve immediately.
Steak and Asparagus Stir-FryA quick stir-fry is the busy weeknight’s savior. Add asparagus for a Springy twist on the usual. Serve with precooked jasmine rice for a super fast main dish.
Shaved Asparagus Salad with Manchego and AlmondsShaved asparagus creates a light and textured salad base. Just peel toward the head with a sharp peeler to make thin ribbons. Medium or thick asparagus works best for shaving.
Grilled Asparagus with Fried Eggs and PancettaAsparagus and fried eggs are a classic springtime combo for good reason--they're delicious together. Medium-thick asparagus spears will char nicely outside while staying crisp-tender within.
Grilled Asparagus-and-Ricotta PizzettesNow there’s a dish that’s great for a app, lunch, or light dinner. Slather with pesto, dollop ricotta, and top with grilled asparagus.