Pan-Roasted Asparagus With Lemon and Garlic

Pan-Roasted Asparagus With Lemon and Garlic

The Spruce / Kristina Vanni

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 15 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
96 Calories
7g Fat
8g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 96
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 96mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 25mg 124%
Calcium 37mg 3%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 307mg 7%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

We all know roasting asparagus in the oven is a delicious way to cook this spring vegetable, but pan-roasting also creates flavorful, crisp-tender stalks—and keeps more of the vegetable's valuable nutrients. The asparagus is first cooked in a pan with olive oil, a little water, and garlic until the water is fully absorbed and then left in the pan to essentially roast. The results are perfectly cooked asparagus with a bit of crispy brown on the skin and a nice tinge of garlic.  

This asparagus recipe is great for a first course or as a vegetable side and is delicious garnished with shaved Parmesan cheese.


  • 1 pound fresh asparagus (bottoms trimmed, if necessary)

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon water

  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and cut in half

  • Juice of 1 lemon

  • Kosher salt, to taste

  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Pan-Roasted Asparagus With Lemon and Garlic ingredients

    The Spruce / Kristina Vanni

  2. Add asparagus, olive oil, water, and garlic to a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Cook for about 2 minutes uncovered, or until water has almost evaporated.

    asparagus, olive oil, water, and garlic to a large sauté pan

    The Spruce / Kristina Vanni

  3. Toss asparagus with tongs, cover pan, and cook for 1 minute. Remove lid and toss the asparagus again. Put lid back on and repeat until asparagus are crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. The asparagus may brown slightly in spots, which adds to the pan-roasted flavor.

    asparagus in a covered pan

    The Spruce / Kristina Vanni

  4. Add lemon juice and toss to combine. Remove garlic, and taste to adjust salt and pepper. Serve hot with shaved Parmesan, if desired.

    Pan-Roasted Asparagus With Lemon and Garlic, served with shaved Parmesan

    The Spruce / Kristina Vanni


  • There are two schools of thought when it comes to trimming off the woody ends of an asparagus spear: the individual bend and snap, or cutting the bunch all at once using a knife. It is thought that asparagus has a natural breaking point, so if you hold the spear horizontally and gently bend it, it will snap in a certain spot. However, this is not a foolproof method, as it will depend on how dramatic the bend is, and, some cooks believe, the spear will simply break in multiple points along the shaft, creating wildly different lengths. Thus, it is better to line up the asparagus on a cutting board and simply cut the ends off all at once, looking for where the stalk begins to appear tough.
  • One reason you don't want to overcook asparagus (besides that it will be mushy) is the heat will remove the vegetable's many nutrients. Asparagus is packed with vitamins, including A, C, E, K, and B6, and is high in folate, protein, calcium, iron, and copper. Naturally low in fat and calories, and high in fiber—both soluble and insoluble—asparagus is a good choice if you are trying to lose weight as the fiber will keep you full between meals.
  • This vegetable also aids in digestion and reduces bloating, improves urinary tract health, and is full of antioxidants.