24 Asparagus Recipes to Make Again and Again

Grilled Asparagus with Taramasalata
Photo: © Nicole Franzen

Asparagus is one of many delights of spring. And while you can certainly simply drizzle it with olive oil, season it, roast it, and call it a day, there are so many other wonderful ways to prepare it — and this asparagus recipe roundup celebrates the vegetable in all its forms. Turn it into a pseudo carbonara, use it as a topping on pizza (grilled pizza, at that), or serve it in a fresh salad. No matter which asparagus recipe you choose, you'll get terrific results.

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Triple Pea and Asparagus Salad with Feta-Mint Dressing

Triple-Pea and Asparagus Salad with Feta-Mint Dressing
Caitlin Bensel

"This salad brings fresh flavors to the plate with confidence and swagger," cookbook author Hetty McKinnon writes. "Barely blanched peas mingle with pan-fried sugar snaps, snow peas, and another of my favorite spring ingredients, asparagus, which are cooked on high heat until just tender yet still crisp with the slightest hint of charring to add smokiness."

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White Asparagus Soup with Pickled Ramps and Hazelnuts

White Asparagus Soup with Pickled Ramps and Hazelnuts
Photo by Jennifer Causey / Food Styling by Margaret Monroe Dickey / Prop Styling by Thom Driver

Winemaker and restaurateur André Mack's silky white asparagus soup is buttery and creamy with a mild sweetness from the asparagus and a touch of acidity from the pickled ramps that brighten the entire dish. Roasted hazelnuts and hazelnut oil lend a deliciously nutty body to the soup and make a beautiful garnish.

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Asparagus and Zucchini Frittata

Asparagus-and-Zucchini Frittata
© John Kernick

Chef Chris Behr's versatile frittata with crisp spring vegetables can be eaten warm or at room temperature. Serve for brunch with an accompanying platter of crusty bread, fresh fruit, cheese, and salumi, or for lunch with a green salad.

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Pasta with Asparagus and Mushrooms

Pasta with Asparagus and Mushrooms
Jennifer Causey

Allowing the pasta dough to rise (just like a bread dough) before rolling and shaping gives the cecamariti pasta in this dish its characteristic texture and flavor.

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Asparagus with Toasted Almonds and Garlic

Asparagus with Toasted Almonds and Garlic
© Iain Bagwell. Food styling by Simon Andrews.

Pencil-thin asparagus and slivered almonds come together in this tasty side dish.

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Asparagus and Spring Onion Salad with Seven-Minute Eggs

Asparagus and Spring Onion Salad with Seven Minute Eggs
Photo by Christopher Testani / Food Styling by Margaret Monroe Dickey / Prop Styling by Kathleen Cook Varner

Spring onions are the sweetest alliums of the year, and they play well in this salad with first-of-the-season asparagus and tender lettuces. Soy and ginger team up with sherry vinegar in the tangy dressing that's perfect with the rich, jammy egg yolks.

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Asparagus with Scallops, Browned Butter, and Prosciutto

Asparagus with Scallops, Browned Butter and Prosciutto
© Caitlin Van Horn

Asparagus serves as a bright contrast to the savory scallops and fried prosciutto in a lemony brown butter glaze.

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Roasted Asparagus and Mushrooms

Roasted Asparagus and Mushrooms
Eva Kolenko

The vegetables roast first in olive oil then finish in butter for an extra dimension of flavor and a nice sheen. A drizzle of syrupy aged balsamic balances the earthiness of the mushrooms and slight char on the asparagus.

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Asparagus and Fava Bean Tart with Herbed Ricotta

Asparagus and Fava Bean Tart with Herbed Ricotta
Photo by Jennifer Causey / Food Styling by Torie Cox / Prop Styling by Christine Keely

Lemon zest and thyme add subtle fragrance to this showstopping tart's ricotta filling, balancing the savory Parmesan and prosciutto. Gently pressing on the par-baked pastry while spreading the filling is key to creating a crisp crust.

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Seared Lamb Chops with Seared Endive, Asparagus, and Tahini Dressing

Lamb Chops with Seared Endive, Asparagus, and Tahini Dressing
Antonis Achilleos

"To round out this springtime dish, I add some more spring produce —seared endives and asparagus — which I garnish with fresh mint (a nod to my parents, who would always add mint jelly when lamb was served)," cookbook author Klancy Miller writes. "I drizzle the vegetables with a tangy tahini dressing, loaded with lemon juice, which adds a bright, acidic finish."

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Shrimp-Asparagus Risotto

Shrimp-Asparagus Risotto
© Con Poulos

This easy, fresh-tasting risotto is studded with delicate shrimp and pieces of plump asparagus, and delicately flavored with saffron.

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Crispy Salt-and-Pepper Air Fryer Tofu with Asparagus

Crispy Salt and Pepper Air Fryer Tofu with Asparagus
Photo by Jennifer Causey / Prop Styling by Julia Bayless / Food Styling by Ruth Blackburn

This quick meal features tofu that's crispy around the edges and tender on the inside, coated in a sweet and salty marinade including soy sauce, light brown sugar, and ground Szechuan peppercorns. The perfect partner? Garlicky asparagus, which also gets flavor from Chinese five spice and toasted sesame oil.

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Asparagus Carbonara

Asparagus Carbonara
© Abby Hocking

Cookbook author Melissa Clark riffs on classic carbonara, swapping out the pasta for thin asparagus spears. It has that same irresistible pancetta-cheese-egg flavor, but with bright green asparagus at the center.

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Grilled Asparagus Pizzas with Gremolata

Grilled Asparagus Pizzas with Gremolata
© Ingalls Photography

The heat of the grill can wilt the freshest toppings, so pizzaiolo Daniele Uditi of Pizzana in Los Angeles spoons something bright — a blend of fresh herbs, crushed red pepper, and garlic — over the pizza once it comes off the grate.

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Spring Asparagus Salad with Feta

Spring Asparagus Salad with Feta
© Abby Hocking

This lovely salad combines both fresh and blanched asparagus with peas, pea shoots, and edamame in a creamy, bright, lemony dressing.

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Grilled Asparagus with Taramasalata

Grilled Asparagus with Taramasalata
© Nicole Franzen

Taramasalata is a Greek dip or spread made with salted fish roe, olive oil, and bread (or sometimes potatoes). Chef Zoi Antonitsas' creamy version is a perfect accompaniment for grilled asparagus.

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Golden Fried Rice with Asparagus and XO Sauce

Golden Fried Rice with Asparagus and XO Sauce
Yekaterina Boytsova

Stir-frying rice with egg yolks is a technique that hails from Chinese imperial cuisine, says chef Lucas Sin of Junzi restaurant, and gives the dish a buttery richness and beautiful golden color. A generous amount of onions, garlic, scallions, and fresh ginger builds a foundation of flavor, while a spoonful of spicy seafood-infused XO sauce and plenty of freshly blanched asparagus make this fried rice even more delicious.

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Skirt Steak and Asparagus with Salsa de Semillas

Skirt Steak and Asparagus with Salsa de Samillas Recipe
Victor Protasio

Loaded with pumpkin seed kernels, cashews, and sesame seeds, salsa de semillas is a lesser-known but beloved Mexican nut-based salsa.

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Stovetop Asparagus Frittata

Frittata with asparagus, prosciutto and crème fraîche.
© CHRIS COURT

For this single-serving frittata, chef Nancy Silverton cooks the eggs gently, then tops them with asparagus, prosciutto, and crème fraîche.

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Morel and Asparagus Salad with Frisée and Butter Lettuce

Morel-and-Asparagus Salad with Frisée and Butter Lettuce
© Lisa Linder

This light, simple salad highlights poached morels and asparagus with a combination of frisée and butter lettuces.

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Pan-Roasted Asparagus in Asparagus Sauce

Pan-Roasted Asparagus in Asparagus Sauce
© John Kernick

This clever dish from chef David Chang makes double use of asparagus: First, it's used to make a delicate, sweet sauce, then the spears are sautéed and served in the sauce.

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Shaved Raw Asparagus with Parmesan Dressing

Shaved Raw Asparagus with Parmesan Dressing
© John Kernick

Asparagus often makes wine taste vegetal. To counter that, chef Mark Ladner mixes shaved spears with a supremely wine-friendly ingredient: Parmesan.

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Asparagus Soup with Parmesan Shortbread Coins

Asparagus Soup with Parmesan Shortbread Coins. Photo © David Malosh
© David Malosh

"I adore savory cheese cookies with creamy asparagus soup," says TV chef Carla Hall. "Both are dead simple to make."

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Smoky Glazed Asparagus

Smoky Glazed Asparagus
© Quentin Bacon

Chef Nate Appleman swears by coating vegetables with a mayonnaise-based marinade; it creates a beautifully blistered crust when grilled. Here he offers a marinade for asparagus that is also fabulous on broccoli and fennel.

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