Asparagus is incredibly versatile: shaved in a salad, roasted until crispy, or paired with chicken, these green stalks have a bright, unique flavor. It’s good for you as one of the best vegetables to eat, loaded with fiber and vitamins C, A, and K. Pair with various ingredients to add a boost of fiber to the meal! It’s seasonal in the spring and often eaten in that season, but is typically available throughout the year.
Easy Baked Asparagus
Our favorite easy asparagus recipe? Baked! Here the tender stalks are baked in a hot oven until tender, but still beautifully green. Then there spritzed with lemon, and the finishing touch: gooey melted Parmesan cheese. It’s the perfect way to eat asparagus, which can often be cooked until it’s bitter and limp. Even better, it’s a side dish that’s easy enough to whip up while you’re in the midst of cooking a main!
Creamy, savory, crunchy, and zingy: this asparagus risotto is truly sublime. Roast up some asparagus with lemon at the same time that you’re stirring up a creamy Parmesan risotto on the stove. Then throw the tender bright green asparagus into the risotto, right along with the lemon. You’ll wish the pot would never end (we certainly did!).
Asparagus Salad with Feta
Want a salad that’s as tasty as it is versatile? Enter asparagus salad! It’s got savory sauteed asparagus, cooked up in a hot pan for a few minutes then spritzed with lemon. Add that to a bed of greens and sprinkle with peppery radishes and salty feta cheese. A Dijon mustard dressing tops it off. Even better: you can serve as a side dish, or add cooked quinoa and make it a main dish salad.
Perfect Grilled Asparagus
Turns out grilled asparagus might be the very best way to cook it! It’s easy and requires only a few ingredients. And it comes out incredible: tender and charred, with a hint of smoke. Spritz it with lemon juice for a little brightness, and it’s a fresh and healthy side dish you won’t be able to stop eating! It’s perfect to throw on the grill while you’re grilling the main dish.
Lemon Asparagus Pasta
Here’s a tasty way to eat asparagus as part of a main dish dinner: combine it with pasta! This easy pasta recipe takes just 7 ingredients and about 20 minutes to make. The asparagus is combined with lemon, olive oil, and Parmesan cheese to make a pasta dish that tastes greater than the sum of its parts. Add a green salad and it’s a healthy dinner!
Tomato & Asparagus Frittata
Another great way to add asparagus to a main dish recipe: throw it in a frittata! This easy frittata recipe stars bright bursts of roasted cherry tomatoes along with fresh shaved asparagus. Most asparagus frittata recipes use cooked asparagus: but shaving it and using it raw brings a sweet, fresh flavor that’s uniquely delicious. It’s topped with feta cheese and perfect for brunch, lunch or a simple dinner.
You can simply drizzle it with olive oil, season it, roast it, and leave it at that—but we also love it on grilled pizza, blended into a creamy vichyssoise soup, and shaved raw with Parmesan dressing. This springtime vegetable is a lot more versatile than you might think. Just choose one to cook asparagus for today’s dinner!