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5 from 19 votes

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


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


  • 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


  • 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!



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.
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