Sautéed Asparagus is a delicious side dish that’s easy to make in about 10 minutes with simple ingredients. The pretty green color makes a mouthwatering presentation on the dinner table.
Although Parmesan Roasted Asparagus is one of my favorite side dishes. There are times when I want to try it a different way. Sauteed Asparagus is a tasty alternative. Both recipes are easy to make with simple ingredients.
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According to Wikipedia.org, the scientific name for asparagus is Asparagus officinalis. It is a perennial flowering plant species in the genus Asparagus. The young shoots are used as a spring vegetable.
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- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 pounds asparagus cut on bias into 2-inch pieces
- 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt OR regular table salt more or less as preferred
- 1/4 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper more or less as preferred
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- juice of one lemon seeds removed
- shaved or shredded parmesan cheese (optional) garnish
- lemon wedges for garnish optional
- Warm olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add asparagus, coarse (or regular) salt, and coarse ground black pepper.
- Reduce heat to medium. Stir frequently until asparagus is crisp-tender (4 to 5 minutes). For soft asparagus, continue cooking 2-3 minutes longer.
- Stir in lemon zest and cook about 1 minute longer.
- Sprinkle lemon juice of sautéed asparagus. Stir until evenly combined. Remove from heat.
- Immediately transfer sautéed asparagus onto a serving platter.
- Sprinkle each serving with grated or shaved Parmesan cheese (optional).
- Garnish with lemon wedges (optional).