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Cooked asparagus on a plate with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese.

Stovetop Asparagus

  • Author: Brita Britnell
  • Total Time: 13 minutes
  • Yield: 4 small servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Learn how to cook asparagus on the stovetop in less than 15 minutes with optional ingredients for flavoring. This quick and easy Stovetop Asparagus is a great side dish for spring and the perfect accompaniment to almost any meal.


  • 1 pound of asparagus, ends trimmed
  • 1/4 cup of water for steaming
  • Salt + pepper to taste

Optional for serving:

  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • Squeeze of lemon juice
  • Shredded parmesan or other cheese


  1. Cut the white ends off of the asparagus (see video for reference) and place into a large skillet.
  2. Pour in the water and lightly sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer, cover the skillet and cook until the asparagus is tender to your liking. Thicker asparagus will take 5-7 minutes and thinner asparagus may only need 2 minutes. If all of the water evaporates, you can add in another 1 to 2 tablespoons.
  3. Remove from the heat and drain out any remaining water. Optional step: place the asparagus in the dry skillet over medium heat and add in the butter as well as a sprinkle of garlic powder. Cook until the butter is fully melted and toss to coat all of the asparagus.
  4. Garnish with shredded cheese and lemon juice as desired!


Asparagus is best served when it’s freshly cooked, but it will keep at room temperature for up to 1 hour or up to 4 days in the refrigerator (gently reheat before serving).

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Category: side
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

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