Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.