Literally 5 minutes from start to finish, this stovetop recipe for lemon pepper asparagus with no oil is a quick and easy side dish. Pan seared with a splash of water, they are perfectly crisp tender.
You'll need 3 ingredients for this super simple asparagus recipe:
- 1 bunch fresh asparagus
- lemon pepper seasoning (I use Trader Joe's Lemon Pepper Grinder)
- sea salt or kosher salt
To amp up the lemon flavor even more, squeeze a lemon wedge over the finished asparagus.
Trimming asparagus ends with a knife works, but often you're still left with tough and woody bites.
To get tender bites all the way through, you need to trim the asparagus at the perfect spot. How can you figure that out?
Put your knife away and instead, follow this method, which is included in the below video, as well.
Hold the cut end of the asparagus stalk with one hand.
Hold the middle of the asparagus stalk with your other hand.
Bend the asparagus.
It will snap in just the right spot!
Discard the tough and woody ends and only cook the tops that are now trimmed.
👨👩👦👦 Serving suggestions
For vegan weight loss, this lemon pepper asparagus can be your non-starchy vegetable. Pair it with the starch of your choice.
For breakfast, consider pre-loading with asparagus, then eating your maple oatmeal with sliced banana or blueberries.
In the late winter or during the spring, when it's in season.
Asparagus is in season late winter and during the springtime. So, look for it on sale during that time. When it's less expensive, you can have this recipe on repeat and your budget will thank you.
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- 1 pound asparagus, ends trimmed
- pinch of sea salt
- lemon pepper seasoning
- Heat a wide skillet over medium high heat. Add ¼ cup of water to the pan.
- Add asparagus in one layer in the pan. Sprinkle on the salt and lemon pepper seasoning. Cook until asparagus is bright green, flipping, as necessary to cook it evenly.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 50Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 204mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 5gSugar: 3gProtein: 5g
Nutritional calculations are done using online tools, such as recipe widget Create. Even though we have tried to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures should be considered estimates.