BEST Sauteed Asparagus

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Sauteed Asparagus is a deliciously easy side dish that goes from stove to table in less than 15 minutes. Made with 6 ingredients, this is the best sauteed asparagus recipe that is packed full of flavor and perfect for any dinner plate.

asparagus on a white plate sprinkled with cheese

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Pair this sauteed asparagus with meatloaf with brown gravy then have some skinny pineapple coconut cake for dessert!

I’m trying to eat healthier. Again. I’m eating ice cream while I type this, but that’s besides the point.

This sauteed asparagus is so delicious, you’ll definitely look forward to adding it to your next meal.


  • Asparagus – Fresh asparagus. Washed & trimmed.
  • Chicken or Vegetable Broth – Steaming veggies in chicken or vegetable broth really steps up the flavor with herbs and spices. If you don’t have any on hand, you can use water.
  • Butter – You could also swap this out for olive oil.
  • Onion Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Parmesan Cheese – Grated parmesan cheese and a sprinkle of shaved parmesan cheese, is optional.

sauteed asparagus on white platter in front of swanson chicken broth carton

If you scroll through Pinterest for side dish ideas there are a ton of options that look great, but most of them are starchy or covered in cheese.

I love plain and simple and often roast veggies, but sometimes I want something even quicker. This sauteed asparagus only takes about 15 minutes, start to finish.


After steaming the asparagus, it only takes a few minutes to sautee it & finish it off.

A side dish that’s not boring, not terrible for you, and ready in under 15 minutes. Seriously.


First, you’ll steam the asparagus for 5 minutes over high heat in chicken or vegetable broth until it’s fork tender (or water if you’re out of broth).

Next, drain off any excess broth, then return the pan to the heat.

Then, add in the butter, onion salt, pepper, and grated parmesan cheese and saute over medium-high heat until the butter begins to brown.

Finally, remove from the heat, transfer to your serving dish, and sprinkle with shaved parmesan, if you want.

best sauteed asparagus on white platter with shaved parmesan cheese


I use butter and chicken broth in this recipe and the calorie count is around 88 calories per serving. You’ll have even less if you swap out the butter for olive oil.

asparagus on white platter on wood table


  • Large Skillet – You’ll want a skillet that is large enough to hold the asparagus without bending them. You’ll also need a lid to steam them for a few minutes.
  • Tongs – Working with tongs makes it really easy to toss the asparagus.
  • Santoku Knife – A good knife to trim the asparagus ends.
  • Silicone Spatulas – A silicone spatula to help you toss the asparagus while it’s sauteing.



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Super simple sauteed asparagus that's full of flavor and can be on the table in 15 minutes. | Persnickety Plates

Sauteed Asparagus

Melissa Williams | Persnickety Plates
Sauteed Asparagus is a deliciously easy side dish that goes from stove to table in less than 15 minutes. Made with 6 ingredients, this is the best sauteed asparagus recipe that is packed full of flavor and perfect for any dinner plate.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 2 -4 servings
Calories 88 kcal


  • 1 lb fresh asparagus washed & trimmed
  • 1 cup chicken or vegetable broth
  • ½ Tablespoon butter
  • ½ teaspoon onion salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
  • sprinkle shaved Parmesan cheese optional


  • Wash your asparagus and chop off the ends.
  • In a large skillet (should be large enough to hold the asparagus without bending them), over high heat, add the asparagus and broth. Cover and cook for 3 minutes minutes, shake the pan, then cook an additional 2 minutes or until the asparagus is fork tender.
  • Drain off the excess broth and return the skillet to the heat.
  • Add in the butter, onion salt, pepper, and grated Parmesan cheese and use a spatula to saute over medium-high heat until the butter has melted and the asparagus begins to brown.
  • Remove from heat, transfer to your serving dish, and sprinkle with shaved Parmesan, if desired.


Serving: 1gCalories: 88kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 6gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 1079mgPotassium: 552mgFiber: 4gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 1800IUVitamin C: 21mgCalcium: 89mgIron: 5.1mg

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  1. Kallee says

    I love asapargus and this recipe looks divine

  2. Meagan says

    This looks like it is about to become one of my favorite dishes. I love asparagus! I could eat it all day long and never get tired of it. I love the Parmesan you put on it too. Definitely saving for later!

  3. Kerry C says

    5 stars
    I absolutely love asparagus. I can get carried away with eating it especially in the spring. Steaming it in chicken broth is a fantastic idea. I wish I had thought about it earlier.

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