17 Fresh Asparagus Recipes to Make This Spring

There Are so Many Ways to Enjoy These Stalks

Grilled Asparagus

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Crisp springtime asparagus can be used in so many tasty ways and for every meal from breakfast to dinner. Here are some of the best ways to make the most of this snappy vegetable this season.

Tip

  • When buying asparagus, look for bright, green, evenly colored, firm and unwrinkled spears with tight buds.
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    Shaved Asparagus and Arugula Salad

    Shaved Asparagus and Arugula Salad With Cilantro Dressing

    Laurel Randolph

     

    Celebrate the spring-like flavor of asparagus and the peppery bite of arugula greens in this wonderfully fresh salad. Edamame adds healthy plant protein, while Parmesan cheese and lightly toasted breadcrumbs lend a welcome tang and crunch. The honey, mustard, and cilantro dressing are so good, you may want to make extra.

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    Crockpot Asparagus Soup

    Crockpot Asparagus Soup

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    Potatoes give this flavorful soup great body. It takes just minutes to assemble the ingredients in your crockpot and it'll cook as you go about your day. Puree the mixture before the final minutes of cooking to give it a silky smooth texture and serve with a dollop of sour cream or Greek yogurt on top.

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    Tomato and Asparagus Fattoush Salad

    Tomato and Asparagus Fattoush Salad

    Anita Schecter

     

    Fattoush is a Middle Eastern bread salad similar to Italian panzanella. In this version featuring asparagus, tomatoes, and garlic, the salad veggies are lightly sauteed and dressed in a sumac-accented vinaigrette to bring out the best of their flavors.

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    Asparagus Quiche With Mushrooms and Tomatoes

    Asparagus Quiche With Mushrooms and Tomatoes

    Diana Rattray

     

    Please brunch guests this spring with an asparagus quiche that's simple to prepare with a ready-made pie crust. Fresh or frozen stalks, mushrooms, and tomatoes are folded into the egg filling, then baked until set for a standout dish that's ready in about an hour.

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    Grilled Asparagus

    Grilled Asparagus

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    When the grill is going, toss on some asparagus and enjoy a new side of the vegetable. The barbecue gives the spears a deep, smoky flavor profile that matches well with grilled meats and burgers. Use thicker stalks for this method, which takes only about five minutes in total.

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    Asparagus and Goat Cheese Naan Pizza

    Asparagus and Goat Cheese Naan Pizza

    Jennifer Meier

     

    Naan is a traditional Indian flatbread that's used in place of pizza dough in this simple and delicious recipe. The bread base is topped with asparagus, crumbled goat cheese, lemon zest, fresh basil leaves, and optional pancetta or bacon to form personal "pies."

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    Asparagus and Smoked Salmon Risotto

    Asparagus and Smoked Salmon Risotto

    Ross Woodhal

     

    Want a romantic dinner for two that you can serve on Valentine's Day or anniversary dinners at home? Creamy risotto with luscious chunks of smoked salmon and crisp-tender asparagus tips is an elegant main that's sure to please. Serve topped with freshly-snipped dill or parsley.

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    Stockton Fried Asparagus

    Stockton Fried Asparagus

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    Deep-fried asparagus stalks are an appetizer or snack idea that's surprisingly irresistible. Flat beer is the secret ingredient in the tempura-style batter. Serve with mayonnaise or aioli for dipping.

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    Asparagus and Gruyere Omelet

    Asparagus and Gruyere Omelet

    Laurel Randolph

     

    Fluffy, cheesy, and nutritious, this asparagus and gruyere omelet is worth waking up for. Two can dine on this recipe, which makes a nice anniversary breakfast, but it's easy to multiply the ingredients to serve brunch guests. Sprinkle the finished omelet with chopped fresh parsley for a pretty restaurant-like presentation.

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    Easy Asparagus Stir-Fry

    Easy Asparagus Stir-Fry

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    Asparagus mingles with mushrooms and red bell pepper strips in this tasty stir fry. Fresh ginger, garlic, sesame oil, and oyster sauce deliver a familiar takeout-style flavor that helps make this a great vegetarian main when served over hot rice.

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    Scalloped Asparagus With Cheddar Cheese Sauce

    Scalloped Asparagus With Cheddar Cheese Sauce

    Diana Rattray

     

    An asparagus gratin makes a great side dish for Easter ham or Mother's Day brunch, but you can serve it at weeknight dinners, too. Fresh or frozen stalks are combined in a casserole dish with pimientos and a scrumptious white cheddar cheese sauce.

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    Roasted Asparagus

    Roasted Asparagus

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    As you're roasting a protein for your main dish, take advantage of the hot oven to prepare your asparagus right next to it. With just a drizzle of olive oil, a hint of balsamic vinegar, and a little salt and pepper, the stalks go from raw to rah-rah-rah in less than 20 minutes.

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    Savory Asparagus Pie

    Savory Asparagus Pie

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    Crisp, lightly-cooked asparagus goes into the oven covered in a simple batter seasoned with thyme and lemon zest, forming a golden-brown crust when baking is done. Asparagus pie makes a lovely main course for brunch alongside a tossed spring salad and maybe some mimosas.

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    Orange Balsamic Asparagus

    Orange Balsamic Asparagus

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    Asparagus spears make an elegant side dish at your springtime lunch and dinner table. Freshly-squeezed orange juice and balsamic vinegar add zip to a simple syrup that dresses the lightly-steamed stalks.

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    Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus

    Skewered Bacon Wrapped Asparagus with Chipotle Blue Cheese Sauce-

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    Want a crowd-pleasing appetizer for your next cookout? Your guests are sure to devour these grilled bacon-wrapped asparagus spears. They're served with a creamy chipotle-spiked blue cheese dip that uses the prepared dressing for its base.

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    Classic Asparagus, Poached Eggs, and Hollandaise

    Classic Asparagus, Poached Eggs, and Hollandaise

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    Roasted asparagus and poached eggs in a creamy, decadent hollandaise makes a wonderful Mother's Day brunch idea or a special breakfast whenever you feel like treating yourself. The homemade hollandaise sauce in this recipe is so incredible, you'll be glad to add it to your repertoire.

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    Spicy Pickled Asparagus

    Spicy Pickled Asparagus

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    Pickling is a great way to preserve a bounty of fresh asparagus from the farmer's market or supermarket. Use pickled asparagus to add tangy flavor to falafel wraps, dress up relish plates, or as a garnish for a Bloody Mary.