Calling all asparagus lovers! Make the most of asparagus season with these 27 delicious and easy asparagus recipes! Lots of great ideas to choose from – everything from appetizers to side dishes to main courses!
Looking for something to make with fresh asparagus? Here are 27 super delicious and easy recipes with asparagus that you need to try! Perfect for the asparagus lover!
Asparagus is super versatile and can be enjoyed in so many different ways. Roast it, grill it, steam it, blanch it, air fry it, etc. Turn it into a main dish, side dish or appetizer!
Lots of amazing options to choose from below including salads, pastas, fun appetizers, drool worthy sides and lots more! The hardest part is deciding which one of these asparagus recipe ideas to try first!
How To Trim Asparagus
First things first, fresh asparagus needs to be trimmed before using it. The bottoms are quite tough and not very enjoyable to eat. Good news! Asparagus is super quick and easy to prep!
All you need to do is trim the woody ends at the bottom of the stalks. Many people like to quickly snap off the ends one by one. It’s oddly satisfying and the asparagus naturally breaks where the woody part ends and the juicy asparagus begins. However, I usually prefer to use the snap and cut method for a more even look.
- Snap one stalk from the bunch: Bend the end of one asparagus stalk until it snaps. The piece that snapped off at the bottom is the woody bit.
- Line up the rest of the bunch and cut: Using the snapped stalk as a guide, line it up with the remaining asparagus stalks in the bunch on a cutting board. Slice them with a knife so that they are all the same length as the snapped one.
You could also just cut off all the ends where the green color starts to fade to white but then you wouldn’t have the satisfaction of snapping at least one of them!
Now you’re ready to start cooking! Use your trimmed asparagus in one of the delicious asparagus recipes below!
27 Asparagus Recipes: Perfect For Asparagus Lovers
Warm Roasted Asparagus Salad
Roasted Asparagus Salad With Eggs: If you are an asparagus lover, you will LOVE this salad! This simple warm asparagus salad recipe features delicious roasted asparagus, eggs with soft runny yolks (poached or soft boiled), parmesan shavings and toasted pine nuts. SO GOOD!
Salmon Asparagus Pasta Salad
Salmon Asparagus Pasta Salad: Meet your new favorite spring/summer pasta salad recipe! Loaded with fresh asparagus, canned or cooked salmon, hard boiled eggs and pasta all tossed together in a creamy lemon dill dressing.
Asparagus with Hollandaise Sauce
Hollandaise Sauce Recipe: Asparagus and hollandaise sauce is a classic and a perfect match! Cook the asparagus any way you like (steam it, grill it, roast it) and then pour over a generous amount of this delicious hollandaise sauce.
Lemon Asparagus Risotto: This creamy, bright risotto recipe features asparagus, lemon and parmesan. A beautiful dish for special dinners but quick enough for weeknights too!
Instant Pot Asparagus Risotto: Love risotto but don’t love the constant stirring required? Then this easy Instant Pot version is for you!
Creamy Lemon Asparagus Pasta
Creamy Lemon Asparagus Pasta: This creamy and delicious vegetarian pasta recipe can be on your dinner table in 30 minutes!
Asparagus Puff Pastry Bundles
Asparagus Puff Pastry Bundles: Looking for an impressive appetizer idea that is easy to make? You found it!
Roasted Asparagus with Prosciutto and Parmesan
Roasted Asparagus with Prosciutto and Parmesan: Kick up your roasted asparagus a notch by adding some prosciutto and parmesan to make it extra yummy!
Asparagus Salad with Goat Cheese
Asparagus Salad with Goat Cheese: This beautiful salad features fresh asparagus, radishes, peas, baby greens, and goat cheese all tossed together with a creamy lemon dressing.
Asparagus Fried Rice
Fried Rice with Asparagus and Peas: Early season veggies like asparagus, peas and green onions really get a chance to shine in this delicious fried rice recipe.
Creamy Asparagus Soup
Creamy Asparagus Soup: Looking for an easy soup recipe with asparagus? This delicious pureed soup hits the spot!
Garlic Cheese Asparagus
Garlic Cheese Asparagus: Roasted asparagus with a cheesy, garlicky sauce on top. Yum! This is a side dish that everyone will be begging for seconds of!
Asparagus Pesto Pasta
Asparagus Pesto Pasta: Made with fresh asparagus and a pesto featuring pistachios, parsley and lemon. You’re going to love this delicious spring/summer pasta dish!
Roasted Asparagus with Breadcrumb Topping
Roasted asparagus is a delicious veggie side dish. Take it to the next level by adding some cheese and a crunchy breadcrumb topping! Here’s two delicious recipes to try:
Asparagus Puff Pastry Tart
Asparagus Puff Pastry Tart: This tart is perfect for brunch or lunch! Super easy to make with store-bought puff pastry and creamy Boursin cheese!
Refrigerator Pickled Asparagus: This easy pickled asparagus recipe will be a hit on your next charcuterie board!
Roasted Asparagus and Tomato Salad
Roasted Asparagus and Marinated Tomato Salad: The end of Spring meets the beginning of summer in this delicious salad recipe.
Creamy Goat Cheese and Asparagus Pasta
Goat Cheese and Asparagus Spinach Pasta: Looking for an easy pasta dish with asparagus? Then you will love this 20-minute meal! This pasta is loaded with sautéed asparagus, mushrooms and spinach coated in a light cream sauce with goat cheese on top.
Shrimp and Asparagus Stir Fry
Shrimp and Asparagus Stir Fry: This stir fry recipe features juicy shrimp and fresh asparagus in a lemon garlic stir-fry sauce. Perfect for weeknight dinners – quick, easy, healthy and delicious!
Grilled Asparagus with Charred Lemon
Grilled Asparagus with Charred Lemon: This is the perfect side dish for summer BBQs and cookouts since it gets thrown on the grill and is ready in minutes! The charred lemon is a must – so juicy and delicious when squeezed over top.
Asparagus Frittata with Goat Cheese: This frittata recipe is loaded with fresh asparagus and tangy goat cheese. Easy to make and ready in under 30 minutes!
Spring Pizza with Asparagus
Spring Pizza: Asparagus on pizza? Yes indeed! This delicious spring themed pizza is topped with pesto, ricotta and burrata cheese, grilled asparagus, lemon zest and fresh basil leaves.
FAQ: Fresh Asparagus
It typically keeps for 3-5 days in the fridge.
Use one of the following methods to extend the life of your fresh asparagus. I like to wrap the bunch in paper towel and store it in a plastic bag in the crisper drawer (vegetable drawer) in the fridge. If you have the space in your fridge, you can also place the asparagus (with a bit of the ends trimmed off) in a jar or glass filled with 1-inch of water and loosely cover the top with a plastic bag.
Here are a few tips for choosing the freshest asparagus. Look for stalks that are firm, straight and smooth (not limp, rubbery or dried out). The tips should be tightly closed and compact (no mushy or slimy looking bits).
You don’t eat the bottom end since it is tough and fibrous. Therefore, it’s important to trim asparagus first before cooking.
Both are great! The best choice will depend on how you plan on cooking them. Thicker stalks tend to be better for roasting and grilling since they don’t shrivel up as easily as the pencil-thin stalks would in the intense dry heat. On the other hand, thinner asparagus is great for quick sautéing and stir-frying.
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