You are here: Home » Recipes » Simple Asparagus Saute Simple Asparagus Saute Recipe by Jon AshtonKitchen Tested Yield 4 servings Prep 10 mins Cook 10 mins Finger food for parties, or side dish for dinner. Mark Boughton PrintEmail Blanching fresh vegetables in boiling water takes the hard edge off and keeps vibrant color--a perfect technique to use when preparing crudités. Choose medium-size spears for this recipe, as pencil-thin spears won't hold up. Ingredients 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided1 pound fresh asparagus, woody ends removed1 teaspoon olive oil -- Coarsely ground black pepper1 tablespoon finely grated lemon rind Instructions Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt. Add asparagus; cook about 3 minutes. Plunge asparagus immediately into a large bowl of ice water. Drain. Heat oil in a nonstick skillet. Add asparagus, remaining salt and black pepper; sauté 5 minutes. Sprinkle with lemon rind. Recipe by Chef Jon Ashton.