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Sauteed Asparagus With Lemon

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Sauteed Asparagus with Lemon is a simple side dish that offers a pop of flavor from the lemons and a delicious crunch from the asparagus. Your fam will eat this stuff up!!

Sauteed asparagus on a wooden board with lemons

We love cooking asparagus as a tasty side dish in our fam!! There are so many health benefits to eating asparagus! It is packed with lots of necessary nutrients and fiber, it also makes for fun bathroom trips after you eat it! That lovely smell it gives your urine (yep I went there)….gives you something interesting to talk about! LOL!!

Asparagus is a simple vegetable to cook, it is perfect as a side dish for dinner, a snack mid-day, a topping for salad or mixed in a vegetable stir-fry! There are so many ways to cook it, it’s really up to you how you are going to serve it!!

Bunch of asparagus standing in a small bowl of water


How to Store Asparagus

If you have ever bought asparagus and left it in the plastic produce bag and just put it in the refrigerator, you most likely came back to find it dried out or the tops have become all mushy…basically it is inedible. I have found the best way to store fresh asparagus is to keep the asparagus in the bundle with the elastic, trim off about an inch from the bottom end with a sharp knife. Fill a large bowl with 1-2 inches of water and stand the asparagus in the water until ready to use. This will keep the asparagus fresh for 3-5 days.

bending a sprig of asparagus in one hand to see where to cut

How to Cut Asparagus

Always start with fresh asparagus. The trick that works best for me is the bend and snap method. The way to know where to cut the bottom thicker part of the asparagus at is to slightly bend the asparagus towards the bottom, it will naturally fold and snap. You can totally use 2 hands to do this, I just had one for the asparagus and one for the camera!!

asparagus lined up on a cutting board

Next, take the spear the you just snapped and place it next to the bunch of clean asparagus. Line up all the heads of the asparagus and run a sharp knife along the stems trimming them at the same place as the snapped spear.

Asparagus spears chopped in thirds

For this Sauteed Asparagus with Lemon recipe you will want to cut the asparagus into thirds. Just make two equal slices across the asparagus spears. Now they are ready for the pan!!

sauteed asparagus with lemon in a pan

How to Make Sauteed Asparagus with Lemon

In a medium skillet heat up one tablespoon of olive oil over medium high heat. Once the oil is shimmering, add in the chopped asparagus, salt and pepper and allow to cook for 5-7 minutes until the asparagus is bright green and crispy-tender. Turn down the heat and add the juice of one half lemon as well as the zest of one half lemon. Transfer to a serving dish and enjoy!!

Sauteed asparagus with lemon on a wooden serving plate

Recipe for Sauteed Asparagus with Lemon

Sauteed Asparagus with Lemon

Sauteed Asparagus with Lemon is a delicious and simple side dish that goes perfectly with whatever you have on the menu!!
Prep Time2 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time12 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Comfort Food
Keyword: Sauteed Asparagus with Lemon
Servings: 6
Calories: 36kcal


  • 1 bunch asparagus
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Wash the asparagus. Bend and snap one spear of the asparagus. Line up the snapped spear next to the bunch of asparagus, slice all of the spears at the same length of the snapped spear. Chop the asparagus into thirds. 
  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. When the oil is hot and shimmering add the chopped asparagus. Salt and pepper the asparagus. 
  • Saute the asparagus, stirring constantly, 5-7 minutes until the asparagus is dark green and crispy tender.
  • Turn off the heat and squeeze the lemon juice over the asparagus. Zest lemon peel with a zester over asparagus before serving. 


Calories: 36kcal | Fat: 2.4g | Fiber: 2g | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1.8mg
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