Simple Stove top Lemon Asparagus. A seasonal recipe that isn't much of a recipe. Just five ingredients: evo oil, garlic, salt and pepper, lemon juice and zest. The star of the show remains the asparagus. Cooking them on the stove top is easy, quick, and lets you control how crisp or tender you want your asparagus to be.
Song of the day: Look For The Good - Jason Mraz
Aren't you happy when you see bundles of fresh asparagus in the markets? I am over the moon, I love all the dishes I can make with asparagus, from simpler to more elaborate ones. The first time I made these stove top lemon asparagus was to top my Spring focaccia served with crumbled feta and a drizzle of honey. Have you made it yet? It presents beautifully and it tastes amazing. I suggest you make a double serving of these lemon asparagus, use half as a side dish, and the other half for the focaccia. You can thank me later, lol.
It's asparagus time!
Asparagus comes with the first signs of Spring. And when asparagus is in season, we usually eat it as often as we can. Although the thicker ones have a more robust flavor, we like to get the thin ones that remind us of the wild asparagus my father loves to forage in the countryside.
Have you ever had wild asparagus? You cannot beat their taste!
Let's clean the asparagus!
- Wash the asparagus under cold running water. Trim the tougher ends by grabbing the end of each asparagus in your hands, and bending it until the end snaps off. You want to take out the hardest and more fibrous part. I usually don't peel the skin off the bottom of the stalks, especially for those thin ones.
If you were making a risotto, use the end parts to flavor your vegetable stock.
Before starting, you will need a fairly large pan. Don’t crowd the asparagus or have more than one layer. If your pan is not big enough, cook them in batches as needed.
- In a large pan on medium-high heat, add the e.v.o. oil. When it is warm, add the garlic clove, then the asparagus, and a ladle of water. Cook without a lid for a couple of minutes or until the water has almost completely evaporated.
- Next, turn the asparagus with the tongs, put the lid on, and cook for 1 minute.
- Remove the lid, add salt and pepper, and turn the asparagus over again. Put the lid back on and repeat the operation until the asparagus is slightly crunchy about 5 minutes total (depending on thickness). Lastly, pour the lemon juice into the pan and stir. I usually grab the saute pan by the handle and shake it so the asparagus turns gently without having to use the tongs.
- Finally, remove the garlic, place the asparagus in a serving dish, and grate some lemon zest on top.
Fresh, bright flavor
These stove top lemon asparagus are simple and fast. They keep all their flavor which is only enhanced by the brightness of the lemon juice and zest. They taste like a fresh Spring morning, slightly crisp and delightful.
What goes with these lemon asparagus?
Many are the flavorful pairings:
- a grilled protein like chicken, steak, fish, prawns, halloumi, scamorza cheese
- other vegetables like artichokes, peas, zucchini, mushrooms
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