Welcome to a culinary journey celebrating ten different ways of cooking with asparagus.

With its slender, vibrant green spears, asparagus takes center stage in this recipe collection with seasonal dishes, including pasta, soups, and salads.

From refreshing appetizers to hearty mains, these recipes will inspire you to elevate your asparagus game and savor this springtime gem.

Easy asparagus recipes

Grab a bunch of fresh asparagus, and let’s embark on a culinary adventure that promises to tantalize your taste buds and make every meal a celebration of this verdant delight.

Browse through this list, and take your pick: these green and vibrant recipes will satiate and nourish you and add bold flavor to your day.

Our best asparagus recipes

How to Clean and Cook Asparagus

When in season, from late February through June, we eat fresh asparagus in all kinds of ways. There are numerous simple and easy ways of preparing them.

These recipes are fresh, healthy, crisp, and packed with flavor. You can serve them for breakfast, lunch, or dinner anytime you want to make your meals a little memorable.

Here’s the best way to prep and clean your asparagus before cooking them.

  • Trim asparagus: Rinse asparagus under running water, then trim the woodier end of the stalks. You can do that by snapping them with your hands, one by one, or by cutting them with a knife on a cutting board. We prefer this way as it’s much faster.
trimmed woody ends of asparagus
  • Peel the woody ends: If asparagus spears are thick, woody, and not so fresh, peel a couple of inches of the stalk. Use a vegetable peeler. This will make the asparagus cook more evenly, less chewy, and more tender.
peeling the stalk of the asparagus with a vegetable peeler

We can start cooking the asparagus once the basic cleaning and trimming are done.

How to select asparagus

When you look for asparagus, ensure the leaves on the tips are tightly closed and the entire tip is straight and firm.

The spear of your asparagus should be bright green and firm, with a small amount of white by the stems. If the spears are wrinkled and soft, the asparagus is not fresh and might be bitter.

Stems should be unblemished and round and not flattened. TIP: Even if the asparagus stems are usually not edible, you can use them for vegetable broth risotto and soups.

tossing asparagus in oil, salt, and pepper

How to store asparagus

Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 3 days. You can eat them cold, at room temperature, or reheat them in the microwave. We do not recommend freezing these asparagus recipes.

How to serve asparagus

Asparagus (sauteed, grilled, boiled, steamed) is a vibrant side dish that pairs perfectly with most sauces and main dishes. Take your pick here:

Asparagus pasta with lemon and fork


Blanching: If you want a bright color for your asparagus, you can blanch them before, e.g., sauteeing them.

To blanch asparagus, cook them in salted boiling water for about 1 minute, then drain and rinse under cold water for 20 seconds. Pat them dry with a kitchen cloth and sauté.

White wine: deglazing the pan with white wine adds acidity to the dish, which makes the asparagus flavor pop in your mouth.

Deglazing means adding cold liquid to a hot pan. Use a dry white wine to deglaze the asparagus.

Crushed garlic: We’ve always found minced garlic a little tricky with asparagus. It tends to burn, turning brown and bitter, and covers the asparagus flavor.

Try adding crushed garlic instead. You’ll get plenty of garlic aroma but a more subtle flavor.

For many more side dish ideas, check out our sides category page.

More basics

Easy asparagus recipes with soup and pasta ideas

How to Cook Asparagus (air fryer asparagus)

By: Nico Pallotta
5 from 1 vote
Asparagus and air fryer are made for each other, and this air fryer asparagus recipe is proof of that. It's quick, healthy, and, most importantly, delicious.
The asparagus is slightly crispy on the outside while soft and juicy inside. Plus, they are ready in just 10 minutes.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Course: Side dish, Starter
Cuisine: American


  • Air fryer


  • 1 bunch (16 oz/1 lb) asparagus
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 twists black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed, or 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 4 wedges lemon (for serving)
  • 1 tablespoon parsley or basil, chopped (for serving)


  • Preheat the air fryer to 400° or 200°C for 3 minutes.
    Rinse the asparagus and shake off excess water.
    Pat them dry, then chop off the woody ends with a sharp knife.
    1 bunch (16 oz/1 lb) asparagus
    trimmed asparagus
  • Add asparagus to a large bowl or plate, and add olive oil, salt, pepper, and crushed garlic cloves. Mix well to coat asparagus with oil.
    2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil, ½ teaspoon salt, 2 twists black pepper, 2 cloves garlic
    tossing asparagus in oil, salt, and pepper
  • Arrange in air fryer basket (they can overlap) and air fry for 8 minutes. Move them around halfway through cooking.
    Note: cooking time varies based on the air fryer, so keep an eye on them. They are cooked when crisp on the outside and tender on the inside.
    asparagus arranged in air fryer
  • Transfer onto a serving plate and serve.
    You can add lemon wedges to squeeze on top and freshly chopped parsley or basil. If needed, add an extra pinch of salt on top.
    4 wedges lemon, 1 tablespoon parsley
    air fryer asparagus served on a plate with lemon
  • For more serving suggestions and topping ideas, check out our "variations" chapter above.
    Air fryer asparagus with white beans and tahini sauce


Nutrition information is an estimate for 1 serving of air fryer asparagus out of 4 servings.
Make Ahead: air fryer asparagus are best eaten right out of the air fryer as they are deliciously charred and tender crips. However, they store well for several days.
Refrigerator: store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Reheat: we recommend warming them in the microwave or air fryer for a few minutes.
Freezer: this recipe is not suitable for freezing.
For more topping and dressing ideas, check out the variations chapter above.


Calories: 44kcal, Carbohydrates: 5g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 2g, Saturated Fat: 0.3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: -1mg, Potassium: 247mg, Dietary Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 938IU, Vitamin B6: 0.1mg, Vitamin C: 9mg, Vitamin E: 2mg, Vitamin K: 65µg, Calcium: 34mg, Folate: 60µg, Iron: 3mg, Manganese: 0.3mg, Magnesium: 18mg, Zinc: 1mg
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