Spicy garlic asparagus

A simple seasonal side dish with tons of flavor and just the right amount of heat.
Grab that asparagus while it's in season. (Photo: Jerry James Stone)
Grab that asparagus while it's in season. (Photo: Jerry James Stone)

The great thing about fresh asparagus is it doesn’t require a lot of time or effort to bring out its great flavor. Blanche it and add a little butter and lemon and you are good. I hope you will enjoy this simple recipe.

Spicy garlic asparagus

Prep5 mins
Cook Time5 mins


  • 1 bunch asparagus
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder


  • Warm the butter in a large saute pan over a medium low heat.
  • Once the better has fully melted, add in the salt and the garlic. Cook over the low heat for about 1 minute, until it becomes aromatic. Don't let the garlic brown, so reduce heat if need be.
  • Add in the pepper flakes. Saute for 1 minute.
  • Trim off the asparagus ends, rinse and add the asparagus to the pan. Turn the heat up to medium.
  • Mix all of the asparagus, so it is fully coated by the butter. Cook for about 3 minutes, until the asparagus becomes bright green and just tender.
  • Plate with all of the extra butter, garlic and pepper flakes.

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