How to Cook Asparagus on the Stove

Properly cooking veggies like asparagus can seem intimidating, but when you prepare these bright green stalks simply and in a healthy manner, you really can't go wrong. Asparagus has elegant texture and taste and doesn't require fancy bells and whistles to enhance it. All you need is a large pan for boiling and then sautéing in olive oil, and you'll create the ultimate fresh and nutritional side dish.

This method of how to cook asparagus on the stove is quick and delivers satisfying results.

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Prep Time: 15 mins.

Cook Time: 10 mins.

Step #1. Prepare the Ingredients

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Prepare all of the ingredients before starting to cook:

  • 8-10 asparagus stems
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • Square
    Freshly ground sea salt & pepper

Step #2. Cut the Asparagus Tips

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Cut the asparagus tips (leaving just the greenest parts).

Step #3. Peel off the Hard Parts

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Using a potato peeler, remove any hard parts so the stems are very soft to the touch.

Step #4. Bring Water to a Boil

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Bring water to a boil, add a pinch of salt and add the asparagus.

Step #5. Boil the Asparagus

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Boil the asparagus for about 10 minutes, or until they are very bright and soft.

Step #6. Remove Asparagus

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Remove the asparagus from the water.

Step #7. Fry Some Garlic

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Heat olive oil in a skillet, add the garlic cloves and let them get brown.

Step #8. Add Asparagus to Pan

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Add the cooked asparagus and mix them thoroughly with the olive oil and garlic.

Step #9. Season the Asparagus

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Sprinkle with sea salt and pepper.

Step #10. Serve

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A yummy plate of asparagus sauteed in olive oil with a sprinkling of sea salt is a dieter's dream as it's low in calories and low in fat. The long, green stalks are packed with excellent nutrition including protein, iron, calcium, fiber, folate and Vitamins A, B6, C, E and K. This fresh veggie is all about good health. In addition, eating asparagus offers another bonus; it's a natural diuretic. The versatile veggie helps reduce common belly bloat by flushing out excess fluid and salt from the body. Lastly, cooking up a pan of yummy asparagus can put you in a better frame of mind. That's right; the veggie is filled to the brim with tryptophan. The amino acid can elevate one's mood.

Now that you have a simple, nutritious recipe for asparagus pan-sautéed in olive oil, is this a hearty side dish you're tempted to try?

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How to Cook Asparagus on the Stove

Properly cooking veggies like asparagus can seem intimidating, but when you prepare these bright green stalks simply and in a healthy manner, you really can't go wrong. Asparagus has elegant texture and taste and doesn't require fancy bells and whistles to enhance it. All you need is a large pan for boiling and then sautéing in olive oil, and you'll create the ultimate fresh and nutritional side dish.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 147kcal
Author Joss D

Ingredients

  • 8-10 asparagus stems
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • Freshly ground sea salt & pepper

Tools

  • Skillet

Instructions

  • Cut the asparagus tips (leaving just the greenest parts).
    Chopping asparagus stems off.
  • Using a potato peeler, remove any hard parts so the stems are very soft to the touch.
    Peeling asparagus stems.
  • Bring water to a boil, add a pinch of salt and add the asparagus.
    Adding asparagus stems to pan.
  • Boil the asparagus for about 10 minutes, or until they are very bright and soft.
    Cooking asparagus stems in a frying pan.
  • Remove the asparagus from the water.
    Removing asparagus stems from pan onto a plate.
  • Heat olive oil in a skillet, add the garlic cloves and let them get brown.
    Cooking garlic in a pan.
  • Add the cooked asparagus and mix them thoroughly with the olive oil and garlic.
    Adding asparagus to garlic oil in pan.
  • Sprinkle with sea salt and pepper.
    Seasoning cooked asparagus on a plate.
  • Serve
    Seasoned, cooked asparagus on a plate.
Nutrition Facts
How to Cook Asparagus on the Stove
Amount Per Serving
Calories 147 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Sodium 2mg0%
Potassium 129mg4%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 485IU10%
Vitamin C 4.5mg5%
Calcium 21mg2%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutrition information on In the Kitch is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. It may not include toppings and/or dipping sauce.

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