Spicy Asparagus Spears

Photo: Wendell Webber

Spice up seasonal asparagus with red pepper flakes for a versatile side dish.

Yield: Makes 4 servings
Recipe from Real Simple

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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calcium: 17mg
  • Calories: 45
  • Calories from fat: 1%
  • Carbohydrate: 3g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Fat: 4g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Iron: 1mg
  • Protein: 1mg
  • Saturated fat: 1g
  • Sodium: 8mg


  • 1 pound trimmed asparagus
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 peeled and thinly sliced garlic cloves
  • Salt, to taste
  • Red pepper flakes, to taste


  1. Bring a pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the asparagus and cook for 3 to 5 minutes, until just tender. Drain.

    Heat the olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Sauté the garlic cloves until softened but not browned. Add the asparagus and sprinkle with salt and red pepper flakes. Sauté 2 to 3 minutes.
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