Asparagus with Lemon Butter

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Servings: 5-6 spears of asparagus per person
Prep Time: 5 min
Cook Time: 4 min
Difficulty: Easy

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juice of 1 lemon
4 tablespoon butter
salted water
5-6   spears of fresh asparagus per person, thin stalks preferred
olive oil
kosher salt, to taste





Wash asparagus and line them up on a cutting boar with the tops even.  Even up bottoms and cut off tough ends.

Bring a skillet or oval casserole filled half full of salted water to boil.  Dump in asparagus all at once. When water returns to the boil, cook asparagus from 1 to 3 minutes depending on its size and your preference. Remove from pot and drain well.

Return asparagus to hot pan, squeeze lemon juice over top. Fry with olive oil and a little butter, being careful not to overcook. Add kosher salt to taste. Serve immediately.

To make sauce, melt 2 tablespoons butter and whisk in lemon juice.

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This was sooo good. I made it for a Thanksgiving side dish and it was talked about more than any other dish. Now I know how to make amazing asparagus! Thanks!!

By C. Bradford on November 26, 2012


I've always loved asparagus but could never figure out how to cook them right. This recipe is flippin' AWESOME and super easy to make. I loved it so much that I went and bought 10 more "bunches" of asparagus! Love it!

By Anonymous on April 22, 2011


Phenominal. I've always had trouble getting the family to eat asparagus. Well, not anymore!!!! They loved them!!! Super easy to make, and they were gone in a flash. Thanks

By grimm2249 on March 10, 2010

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