Asparagus is a nutritional powerhouse, but sometimes boiling it leaves it limp and flavourless.
Pan-searing unlocks a whole new world of taste and texture.

This simple recipe delivers tender-crisp asparagus in just 10 minutes, making it the perfect accompaniment to any meal.

Asaparagus cooking in a pan

How To Cook Asparagus In A Pan

Learn how to quickly and easily cook asparagus in a frying pan in just 10 minutes with this simple searing method. Enjoy tender, flavourful asparagus as a tasty side dish.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine New Zealand
Servings 2 serves
Calories 50 kcal


  • 1 Large skillet or frying pan
  • 1 Tongs
  • 1 Spoon
  • 1 Vegetable peeler (optional)


  • 250 g Asparagus spears
  • 1 tablespoon Olive oil
  • 2 cloves Garlic minced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon Butter optional
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon juice optional


  • Prep the Asparagus: Wash and trim the asparagus spears. You can snap off the woody ends by bending the spear until it breaks naturally, or use a vegetable peeler to remove a thin layer from the bottom 2.5cm (1 inch).
  • Heat the Pan: Heat olive oil in a large skillet or frying pan over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the asparagus in a single layer. Don't overcrowd the pan, or the asparagus will steam instead of sear.
  • Sear and Season: Season the asparagus generously with salt and pepper. Cook for 3-4 minutes per side, or until tender-crisp and golden brown. Use tongs to turn the asparagus for even cooking.
  • Flavour Boost (Optional): Once the asparagus is cooked, add minced garlic to the pan and cook for 30 seconds until fragrant. Swirl in a knob of butter and a squeeze of lemon juice for an extra layer of richness and brightness.
  • Serve: Transfer the asparagus to a plate and enjoy immediately!


  1. For thicker asparagus spears, cook for an additional minute or two per side.
  2. If you don't have a vegetable peeler, simply rub the bottom inch of the asparagus spears between your thumb and forefinger to remove any woody texture.
  3. Feel free to experiment with different seasonings! Try adding a pinch of red pepper flakes for a touch of heat, or sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese before serving.
Pan-searing asparagus is a quick and easy way to elevate this delicious vegetable. With its vibrant green colour, tender-crisp texture, and savoury flavour, this recipe is sure to become a weeknight staple.
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Shane Lowry

Shane Lowry is the author of Good Food To Eat, a website that provides recipes and cooking help.He is a home cook who enjoys sharing his passion for food with others. Lowry’s mother is a chef, and she taught him the basics of cooking and baking when he was young.He also has experience running a catering business with his wife, specializing in finger foods and full meals for people with dietary restrictions such as gluten-free, vegan, and low-carb.Through his various cooking experiences, Lowry has learned what makes a great recipe: simple to follow, yet delicious and satisfying. That’s why he focuses on creating step-by-step recipes that are easy for anyone to make, regardless of their cooking skills.

1 Comment

Water Cress · 24/03/2024 at 1:06 pm

5 stars
Can’t get any more simple than this. Perfect

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