Pan Fried Asparagus

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Asparagus Pan Fried

This simple recipe will show you how to make pan fried asparagus. Sauteed asparagus is a very simple and quick side dish and is great for accompanying many meals using fish or meat.

Green Asparagus

This recipe uses green asparagus, which I much prefer to white asparagus, as I believe it has more taste. Green asparagus is a perennial flowering plant species which is cultivated as a vegetable.

asparagus fried


Asparagus is often sold in bunches and the size may vary quite a bit, which may affect the cooking time, so you need to keep an eye on it in the pan.

This recipe gently pan-fries the asparagus in some olive oil with some garlic powder (or I actually use freshly milled dried crushed garlic) and is finished off by melting some butter on the resulting lightly charred asparagus. If you are feeling generous then you can add a sprinkle of parmesan as you serve up. 


pan seared asparagus
Pan fried asparagus


It is a really simple recipe and a little bit quicker to make than oven roasted asparagus

What to eat with asparagus?

I think that asparagus is a great accompaniment to fish. So it goes very well with a nice piece of pan-seared sea bass or trout. Similarly, it is a great side dish to serve with meat dishes. So a delicious rack of lamb served with asparagus is also a nice tasty dish, where the asparagus complements the meat.


sea bass and asparagus
Asparagus with pan-seared sea bass


Really whether you cook it in the oven or you cook in the pan depends on what you are going to serve with it.

So if I was serving with fish I would probably pan-fry it, whereas if I was serving with something I was cooking in the oven, like lamb, I would oven roast it with the meat.

lamb and asparagus
Rack of lamb with asparagus

Anyhow, I wish you luck preparing this easy tasty recipe.

I hope you enjoy trying this. If you do, please let me know how you got on in the comments section below! 

How to cook Asparagus in a Pan

Pan Fried Asparagus

pan fried asparagus

This recipe is a simple way to pan-fry asparagus on the stove top.

Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 11 minutes


  • Bunch of fresh green asparagus
  • Salt
  • Garlic powder
  • Olive oil
  • Knob of butter


  • Grated Parmesan


  1. Trim the cut end of the asparagus.
  2. Heat some olive oil over medium heat in a skillet.
  3. Place the asparagus in the pan and sprinkle with garlic powder ( I use a garlic mill containing dried crushed garlic).
  4. Cook in the pan for about 5-10 minutes, turning the asparagus regularly, or until the asparagus has charred slightly and it cooked through.
  5. Add a small knob of butter and stir while it melts on the asparagus just before serving up.


Sprinkle with some parmesan before serving.


Serve up as a side dish for fish or meat.

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