Photo: Greg Dupee; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer
4 servings (serving size: about 3 ounces)

Myth-Buster Recipe Extra-virgin olive oil adds great flavor to this simple side dish, and sautéing with it doesn't burn away the oil's healthful antioxidants.

How to Make It

Heat a large cast-iron or nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add asparagus to pan; cook 3 minutes or until asparagus is crisp-tender and browned, stirring frequently. Transfer to a serving platter. Add rind, juice, and salt, tossing to coat.

Ratings & Reviews

Easy side dish

March 04, 2017
We love our veggies with a little browning/charring on them, and this hits the mark.  I added several minutes to the cook time because we like them nice and tender.  Because we don't love lemon flavor in our food, I only used some lemon rind and left out the juice.

allcharleston's Review

July 13, 2010
I really liked it. Super easy to prepare. Supposedly it makes four servings, but my husband and I easily finished the whole thing in one night. I tend to kind of stink at cooking "basic" recipes, so knowing how to make a simple but flavorful side green was helpful.

Zabella's Review

July 19, 2011
Wow...the asparagus was so tender and flavorful with just a hint of lemon and sea salt. I used bottled lemon juice and left out the grated lemon rind since I didn't have any fresh lemons on hand. This will be my new go-to recipe for asparagus. It's so simple and delicious!

Belanos's Review

March 07, 2011
This recipe is delicious, simple and quick, and a nice way to dress-up asparagus for company, or just for a change of pace. I doubled the amount of zest and lemon juice to be tossed with the cooked spears, and served it with Cooking Light's Double-Sesame Grilled Tuna recipe (Sept 2009) from this site and a green salad. I'll definitely be making this again.

8stringfan's Review

May 27, 2010
This is a perfect easy asparagus recipe. Don't use the big asparagus - this recipe is for the fresher, more tender medium asparagus. Really, when it comes to asparagus, this is about all you need to do to enjoy them.

GFcookDebbie77's Review

August 19, 2010
This makes a great side dish! Easy to prepare and has a wonderful, fresh flavor. Although I really dislike cleaning my grater, this is worth it.

Flafreckles's Review

January 21, 2014
This is a really simple and delicious way to make asparagus. It's especially good if you are just looking for a quick side dish with fresh vegetables. Yum!