How to Cook Asparagus - Easy!

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Asparagus is one of my favorite vegetables. So in this instructable, I will show you how to cook asparagus. Asparagus is super healthy for you, it goes great with a piece of chicken, or pork, and many other things. It is easy to make so let's get cooking!

If you have any comments or questions put them down below and I will get back to you as soon as I can. I enjoy your comments!

Follow the easy steps or watch the short under 4 minute video tutorial or better yet do both! :)

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Step 1: Ingredients


  • Asparagus (washed and dried)
  • Olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • garlic powder
  • crushed red pepper (optional - for some kick)


  • Grill pan, or sauté skillet, or use your BBQ. : You can find one here on Amazon, or Walmart, etc.
  • tongs
  • dish
  • knife

Step 2: Trim Asparagus

First we need to get our grill pan or sauté pan on the stove, and set it medium to medium-high. If you are using a sauté pan add a couple tablespoons of olive oil to the pan as well. Now let's trim off the woody unappealing ends of the asparagus. You will wind up cutting 1.5 to 3 inches off. It will also help the asparagus to cook more even, since the ends are usually much larger then the tips in diameter.

Step 3: Add Seasonings and Mix

Now we add olive oil, not a ton just enough to coat the asparagus and then a generous amount of salt, pepper, and garlic powder. If you are using a sauté pan add fresh garlic to the oil that you have in there. I don't normally use fresh garlic on my grill pan, although you could. Now mix the asparagus and seasonings together well with your hand.

Step 4: Cook Them

Now we place the asparagus on our hot pan and let them cook. We will turn them frequently. On a grill pan or BBQ they will get nice grill marks on them. The asparagus will turn a darker green color and it will become limp, when they are done cooking. Cook them a little less for more crunchy asparagus and more for a more soft asparagus. I like it right in between personally. It is usually 2 to 3 minutes per side, for about 5 minutes total with several turns in there.

Step 5: Video Tutorial

Now eat them! Hurray!

Check out the short video tutorial if you haven't already.

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    14 Discussions


    3 years ago

    Yummy. This made me super hungry! I love asparagus so much and my whole family thinks I'm weird for it hahah :-)

    1 reply

    I am glad I have a little uncooked asparagus left, I will make it tomorrow!! and have it with leftover Easter ham...mmm :)


    3 years ago

    Asparagus is the easiest thing ever to take to a cookout, and such an impressive appetizer. Just grill it like you do on the grill before the meat goes on. Vegan friendly, too!

    1 reply

    Yes it is super easy to cook!! Also wrapping them with bacon or prosciutto mmm yummy! super impressive appetizer indeed! but I guess it wouldn't be vegan friendly if you add the bacon or prosciutto.


    3 years ago

    I highly recommend snapping the ends off with your hands, they'll break at the perfect place, making sure you don't leave any woody part.

    1 reply

    I guess I am too lazy to break them with my hands, haha, I just grab the bunch and cut them. haha But that is a good tip! Thanks for sharing!


    3 years ago

    I cook asparagus like this on the grill in a cast iron skillet. I just did it yesterday actually to prove to my girlfriend that asparagus can be delicious. I also do this with Brussels sprouts, just halve them then cook the same way!

    1 reply

    Yes!! Awesome! Growing up I did NOT like asparagus. No offense to my mother, but I guess I didn't like the way she cooked it, I think she steamed it or boiled it or something, but it was always mushy and slimy. haha Then one day in Lake Tahoe, my friends and I were grilling and they had asparagus, and I was like yuck! then they said, try it, hooked ever since. Love it!