Looking for more tasty asparagus recipes to add to your rotation? This roundup has you covered with everything from air fryer asparagus to oven-roasted. 

Collage of best asparagus recipes

Asparagus is one of those vegetables that people fall in love with for both the taste and texture. Great from everything to a healthy side dish to an addition to pasta, there’s a million and one ways to use that bunch hanging out in your fridge. This roundup will surely help you find the right recipe for you! 

Different Kinds of Asparagus

Depending on the season and grocery store, you’re bound to come across different kinds of asparagus. Here’s the lowdown on the top 3: 

  • Green (Most Common): Green asparagus is by far the most common variation of asparagus spears. You’ll find it in thicker stalks and super thin, French-style stalks. Naturally, it’s bitter tasting but when cooked properly it’s earthy and slightly grassy tasting. 
  • White: White asparagus is the second most common spear. It doesn’t contain any color because it’s grown in the dark. It’s similar in taste to green asparagus but slightly more mild. 
  • Purple: Purple asparagus is the sweetest spear of all, as it contains nearly a quarter more sugar than the other two. If you want to preserve their pretty color, be extra careful not to overcook them! 

The Proper Way to Trim Asparagus

Before we get to cooking, let’s first cover off on the proper way to trim asparagus before cooking it. 

  • Rinse the Asparagus – Wash the asparagus stalks under cold water in the sink to remove any dirt or grime. 
  • Trim the Asparagus – Next, use a sharp knife to cut off the light colored, tough ends. Or, simply snap the stalk and it will break off naturally. 
  • Dry the Asparagus – Finally, use a kitchen towel or paper towel to remove any excess moisture. This will allow the seasoning stick, while also helping the asparagus crisp up nicely. 

FAQ

What does asparagus pair well with?

Asparagus is super versatile, but it’s commonly paired with a few different kinds of protein. These include salmon, bacon and prosciutto.

What does asparagus taste like?

All varieties of asparagus are slightly sweet, bitter and earthy. Depending on the type, each of these notes may vary in either direction.

Should you soak asparagus before cooking it?

Some people give their asparagus a soak in cold water before cooking but it’s not super necessary at all. A quick rinse under cold water and a pat dry is more than sufficient.

What makes asparagus tough and stringy?

The longer asparagus are stored, the more tough and stringy they get. This increases the closer you get to the woody ends of the asparagus, as the spear tries to repair itself as soon as it’s cut for harvest.

Are asparagus good for you?

Asparagus are full of nutrition, vitamins and fiber and super good for you. Low in carbohydrates and high in vitamin c, they are a great part of most diets.

List of 11 Top Asparagus Recipes

1. Air Fryer Asparagus

If you don’t have an air fryer, we are obsessed with our Cosori and constantly use it to make asparagus. With just a little garlic parsley salt, olive oil and parmesan cheese, it comes out perfectly tender and juicy each and every time.

Asparagus in a air fryer basket
Air Fryer Asparagus (So Easy)
Air Fryer Asparagus is perfectly crispy, without needing a ton of oil and fat! In just under 10 minutes, you will have this awesome dish on the table.
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air fried asparagus on a plate

2. Bacon Wrapped Asparagus

Bacon wrapped asparagus is one of the most effortless, yet fancy-looking asparagus recipes out there. The combination of the salty pork and earthy veggie is like peanut butter and jelly – a match made in heaven.

Baked asparagus with bacon wrapped
Bacon Wrapped Asparagus
Bacon wrapped asparagus is so effortless and will be your new favorite side dish. With just a few ingredients, you get the most simple, yet delicious flavor.
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Baked Bacon wrapped Asparagus

3. Oven Roasted Asparagus

This simple baked asparagus recipe only requires 3 ingredients and your favorite baking sheet. Simply season the stalks, assemble them in a single layer and let the oven work its magic.

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Oven-Roasted Asparagus (3 Ingredients)
This 3 ingredient oven-roasted asparagus comes together with 5 mins of prep time, a little salt, and oil. Delicious in its simplicity and super versatile!
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Roasted asparagus on a baking pan

4. Asparagus with Bacon Recipe

Instead of wrapping the stalk in bacon, this asparagus recipe features bacon bits and chopped stalks sautéed in a cast iron skillet. If you like it a little spicy, add some red pepper flakes to the mix!

asparagus and bacon in a frying pan
Asparagus with Bacon Recipe (So Easy)
Asparagus with Bacon is the ultimate side dish. I mean, asparagus cooked in bacon grease?! What’s not to love?
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asparagus and bacon in a frying pan

5. Easy Asparagus Casserole Recipe

This unique casserole features a sauce heavy cream, minced garlic and loads of parmesan cheese. Topped with panko breadcrumbs and baked until bubbly, it pairs best with a juicy cast iron ribeye.

Asparagus Casserole in a pan
Easy Asparagus Casserole Recipe
This easy asparagus casserole recipe is made with a garlicky, parmesan cream sauce and baked until bubbly perfection. An amazing side dish all year around!
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Asparagus Casserole in a pan

6. How to Grill Asparagus (Foil Hack)

Consider this recipe a how-to guide on grilling asparagus. Featuring two different methods – direct cooking on the grates or an aluminum foil packet – it’s your next BBQ go-to.

asparagus on a grill
How to Grill Asparagus (Foil Hack)
Grilled asparagus is so much more than an easy side dish. Use it in salads, pastas, or soups to add a punch of smokey flavor!
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Grilled asparagus on a serving tray

7. Chicken and Mushrooms with Asparagus

If you’re on the hunt for a simple, low-carb and one-pan meal, look no further. This stir fry features tender chicken breast, pieces of asparagus, mushrooms and onions sautéed to perfection and seasoned with lime juice and garlic.

Chicken and Mushrooms with Asparagus on a plate
Chicken and Mushrooms with Asparagus Recipe
This delicious chicken asparagus mushroom recipe is a simple, yet delicious stir fry recipe. Perfect for hectic weeknights, low-carb diets, and then some!
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Chicken and Mushrooms with Asparagus in a pan.

8. Asparagus Wrapped in Prosciutto

Much like asparagus wrapped with bacon, this roasted asparagus recipe with prosciutto is an effortless party favorite. Serve it on a tray with smoked salmon canapés and crispy crab puffs for a perfect appetizer spread.

Baked Asparagus Wrapped in Prosciutto on a serving tray
Asparagus Wrapped in Prosciutto Recipe
Prosciutto wrapped asparagus makes for a wonderful side dish or addition to an antipasto platter. It looks fancy but couldn’t be simpler to pull together!
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Baked Asparagus Wrapped in Prosciutto on a serving plate

9. Crispy Baked Parmesan Asparagus

With just a quick roast in the oven, this crispy baked parmesan asparagus is such a killer side dish. Brighten it up with a quick spritz of lemon juice if you’d like and serve it alongside eggs and roasted potatoes for brunch.

Crispy Baked Parmesan Asparagus on a pan
Crispy Baked Parmesan Asparagus
This recipe for parmesan asparagus only requires 4 simple ingredients and comes out restaurant-worthy. Ready in under 15 minutes!
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Crispy Baked Parmesan Asparagus on a pan

10. The Best Asparagus Quiche

One of our all-time favorite brunch recipes is this quick asparagus quiche with store bought pie crust. You’ll love the melty combination of feta cheese and mozzarella!

Asparagus Quiche in a baking pan
The Best Asparagus Quiche Recipe
This asparagus quiche is perfect for everything from Easter brunch to a casual weekday. Make it with store bought pie crust for less prep time!
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Asparagus Quiche in a baking pan

11. Quick Stir Fry Recipe (Short Rib)

Last but not least, we have this colorful stir fry with juicy beef short ribs and a bouquet of veggies. Serve it over a bowl of steamed white rice for a quick, weeknight dinner. YUM!

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Quick Stir Fry Recipe
This quick stir fry recipe is made with tender beef short ribs and a rainbow of veggies. Perfect for quick weeknight dinners or takeout cravings!
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Quick Stir Fry in a serving tray

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