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A white platter of tender spears of green asparagus sautéed in garlic butter.
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Garlic Butter Sautéed Asparagus

Garlic Butter Sautéed Asparagus is a fast and easy side dish perfect for weeknight dinners and holiday feasts. Everything you need (except the asparagus) is probably already in your fridge! Check out my tips for picking out perfect asparagus in the store (bottom of recipe).
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 102kcal
Author: Mirlandra


  • 1 pound asparagus see note
  • 3 Tbsp. salted butter
  • 2 tsp. minced garlic optional
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. fresh ground black pepper coarsely ground


  • Trim the root ends from the asparagus spears about 1” or enough to remove any white part.
  • Heat butter and garlic in a large skillet over medium high heat just until the garlic starts to turn light brown.
  • Add the trimmed asparagus, water, salt and pepper. Toss with tongs or spatula occasionally. Cook 4-6 minutes until the asparagus is just tender with the smallest crunch and the pan is starting to go dry.
  • Taste for salt and pepper and serve hot.


How to Choose Asparagus: In the store look for spears of asparagus that are about the width of a pencil or at the largest a narrow sharpie. Choose a bundle that has firm green tips and is not slimy. The asparagus should look fresh and nice.


Calories: 102kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 320mg | Potassium: 229mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1135IU | Vitamin C: 6.4mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 2.4mg