Grilled asparagus in a grill pan on a stove
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Pan-Fried Asparagus

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I absolutely love pan-fried asparagus or pan-grilled asparagus. It is so easy to make and a perfect side dish for any dinner.

Growing up I didn’t not like eating asparagus. It was mushy and just plain gross. When I was in college I discovered grilled asparagus and was hooked ever since. Pan-fried is just as good!

I love eating it with some steak, grilled chicken, ribs, or hamburgers.

Pan-fried asparagus is super easy to make, if I can do it, you can do it. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Gather the ingredients

In order to cook asparagus pan-fried or pan-grilled you will need the following ingredients:

  • Asparagus – washed and dried
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Olive oil – You can use other oil too if you like, coconut, vegetable, etc.
  • Butter – (optional)

Step 2: How to make pan-fried asparagus

Being by placing your grill pan or skillet on the stovetop burner set to medium heat. If you are using a regular skillet add a couple of tablespoons of oil in the pan as well or some butter. Next, wash and dry the asparagus.

Cut the ends of the asparagus I usually do one and a half to two inches. These parts are woody, and just not very appetizing. It will also help them to cook evenly since the ends are a larger diameter than the rest.

Step 3: Seasonings and Oil

Asparagus in a pie pan with hand sprinkling on garlic powder.

Place the trimmed asparagus in a bowl or pie plate. Then drizzle over some olive oil or your choice of oil. Then sprinkle on some salt, pepper, and garlic powder.

Use your clean hands or tongs to mix the asparagus around so it gets evenly coated with the oil and the seasonings.

Step 4: Pan-Fried or Pan-Grilled Asparagus

Asparagus being cooked on a cast iron grill pan.

I normally will use my cast iron grill pan for my asparagus but the steps are identical if using a normal skillet. You may also cook these on the BBQ grill outside if you like.

Add the asparagus with the tongs and allow them to cook. Hear that beautiful sizzle sound, music to my ears, like a sweet symphony.

Turn them frequently while in the pan or on the grill. You will notice the asparagus will turn from a pale green to a dark green color. It usually takes somewhere around 8 to 10 minutes total to cook them.

They will be done with they have some brown marks on them and they are a bit limp. You can cook them longer or leave them a bit crunchy if you like. I personally like them best right in between.

Remove them from the pan and serve them hot. They are best eaten warm. Enjoy!

How long will pan-fried asparagus last?

The asparagus after it is cooked will last 3 to 4 days in an airtight container in the fridge. Although I thing it tastes best eaten right after it is cooked.

Pan-Fried or Pan-Grilled Asparagus Recipe

I just love this pan-fried asparagus recipe. It is super easy to make and very flavorful. It is my favorite way to eat asparagus. Serve it with your favorite steak, chicken, pork, or ribs! If I can do it, you can do it.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fried, grilled, savory, vegetables, vegetarian
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 114kcal
Author: Matt Taylor

Equipment

  • Grill pan, or sauté skillet, or use your BBQ grill
  • Tongs
  • Dish
  • Knife
  • Cutting board

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Asparagus 30 to 40 small or 20 to 30 medium spears (washed and dried)
  • 3 Tbsp. Oil Olive, Vegetable, Canola, Coconut, etc.
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of pepper
  • pinch of garlic powder
  • pinch of crushed red pepper optional – for some kick

Instructions

  • Preheat a grill pan or skillet on a stovetop burner with medium to medium-high heat. Add 2 Tbsp. of butter or oil to the pan if using a skillet, don't worry about it if using a grill pan.
  • Wash and dry the asparagus. Trim the woody ends of the asparagus off. I usually do 1.5 to 2 inches worth.
  • Add the trimmed asparagus to a bowl or pie plate and drizzle about a Tbsp. of oil over them. Sprinkle on the salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
  • Cook the asparagus in a preheated grill pan or skillet for 8 to 10 minutes turning frequently to ensure even cooking. The asparagus will turn a darker green and go a bit limp when ready. They will also have some brown cook marks on them.
  • Enjoy the pan-fried/pan-grilled asparagus!

Video

How to Cook Asparagus - Easy Video Recipe

Notes

Note: Most of the calories come from the oil/butter. If you reduce the amount of oil and butter the calories per serving is significantly less.
Pan-fried asparagus recipe nutritional facts

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48 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This looks delicious. Thank you for sharing. Will try the recipe for sure.

  2. 5 stars
    Asparagus is like gold at my house. No matter how much I make it still all gets eaten, lol. I usually roast mine. I will have to try it pan fried. It would definitely be quicker!

  3. 5 stars
    Yum! I love asparagus. I am going to try out this recipe. I have never tried garlic powder on it and it sounds delicious 😋

  4. 5 stars
    Looks delicious! Asparagus is definitely great as a side dish.

  5. 5 stars
    I love a simple Pan-Fried Asparagus as viand. It’s so healthy and tasty. I hope I can prepare this tonight.

  6. our family loves asparagus grilled on the bbq. but the idea of being able to grill them using a skillet on the stove would make things a lot easier on cold nights or when there is a lot of smoke from the fires outside.

  7. katrina Kroeplin

    asparagus are one of our favs. this looks so good.

  8. 5 stars
    Simple recipes are always the best. How delicious. It’s always good to have detailed instructions as well. Thank you.

  9. Kuntala Bhattacharya

    5 stars
    Reading your recipes after a long time, I really enjoy them. Good recipe, in fact good for health.

  10. Wow, this recipe looks soooo tasty! I would love to give it a try soon, to taste it for myself.

  11. 5 stars
    Asparagus is love! It has this nutty and sweet flavour that’s really great with any dish.
    Will try this recipe and maybe wrap them in some bacon. Now I’m excited!

  12. 5 stars
    Asparagus is so delicious! I love them and your recipe is really good, I love mine with extra butter and garlic powder !

  13. 5 stars
    I have NEVER tried asparagus. Which, is horrifically shocking, I know! I must get around to trying it sometime! This looks delicious.

  14. I absolutely LOVE asparagus! It’s one of my favourite veggies! I’m actually planning on making some tonight so I’ll definitely use this recipe!

  15. Pan fried asparagus is one of my favorite side dishes! We make it at least once a week.

  16. 5 stars
    my husband loves asparagus! I would definitely try your recipe- it looks and sounds delicious.

  17. 5 stars
    Yummo! I love getting a good sear on vegetables. It really brings out the flavors.

  18. 5 stars
    That looks delicious. We eat asparagus all the time, but steaming it has gotten really boring.

  19. 5 stars
    That looks really good! I can see pairing this with a nice chicken breast. Yummo!

  20. 5 stars
    Yum, I love asparagus! I’ve always boiled it for just a minute or two and then enjoyed them but now I need to try pan frying them! I wish I had a stove that let me use a cast iron grill, maybe some day! Thank you for sharing your tips!

  21. 5 stars
    Mmmm..my favorite green veggie!! Easy, simple, & perfect with any meal!

  22. 5 stars
    Pan fried asparagus is so delicious! A perfect summer side dish!

  23. 5 stars
    Such a delicious and elegant veggie, love this preparation of it!

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