Simple Asparagus Saute

Kitchen Tested
  • Yield 4 servings
  • Prep 10 mins
  • Cook 10 mins

Finger food for parties, or side dish for dinner.

Mark Boughton

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.


1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1 pound fresh asparagus, woody ends removed
1 teaspoon olive oil
-- Coarsely ground black pepper
1 tablespoon finely grated lemon rind


  1. 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.
  2. 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.



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