38 Asparagus Recipes That Make the Most of Our Favorite Spring Vegetable (2024)

Fat or thin, green or white or purple, asparagus are a harbinger of spring—and eating this vegetable is one of our favorite ways to welcome the new season. Here, we share 38 asparagus recipes that prove that there are endless ways to savor our favorite spring produce. Enjoy it grilled, steamed, sautéed, or even raw in salads—and pair it with pasta, salmon, or lamb chops, use it to top pizza, and fill quiche.

Asparagus is at its peak from February through June. When shopping for asparagus, choose bunches with tightly closed tips. Stalks should be bright green and firm (or pale ivory for white asparagus). As for thickness? That's a matter of taste. (Martha's favorite is jumbo asparagus.)

At home, wrap the bottoms of the stalks in a damp paper towel and place them in a paper bag; you should store them in the crisper drawer for the best results. Once you're ready to cook, hold the bunch upside down and gently swish it under cold water—the tender tips can be sandy. Next, snap off the tough woody bottoms. The easiest way is to bend the stalk at the natural breaking point (often where the color changes from white to green), about 1 or 2 inches from the base. Then you're ready to cook—so peruse our best asparagus recipes and enjoy a taste of spring.

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Spaghettini With Charred Scallions, Asparagus, and Peas

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Here's a 20-minute pasta dinner that tastes like spring. Thin noodles are tossed with sautéed asparagus and peas and pan-charred scallions, plus lemon zest and a little Pecorino Romano cheese. This quick recipe is one to make on repeat through asparagus season.

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Asparagus and Walnut Salad

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If you haven't tried asparagus raw, then you should—and why not start with this refreshing spring salad? It brings together slivers of fresh raw asparagus with toasted walnuts and sharp Pecorino Romano cheese to make a healthy, refreshing side for pan-seared or grilled meat or fish.

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Grilled Lamb Chops With Rhubarb Compote and Asparagus

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Grilled asparagus is paired with grilled lamb chops in this spring dinner recipe. A quick rhubarb compote is a lively complement to both the meat and the rhubarb.

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Creamy Ginger-Asparagus Soup

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Creamy but dairy free (in fact, it's vegan!), this dreamy soup is sure to become a go-to recipe.

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Grilled Asparagus With Caper-Cornichon Vinaigrette

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Serve a platter of grilled asparagus and sliced hard-cooked eggs with our special mustard vinaigrette. Packed with cornichons and capers, it makes a briny contrast.

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Grilled Asparagus and Farro Salad

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Here's a hearty grain salad that's healthy, too. Grilled asparagus is combined with farro, plenty of fresh dill, scallions, and lots of feta cheese for a make-ahead spring dish to have on repeat.

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Asparagus-and-Lemon Risotto

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One of our favorite asparagus recipes, creamy Parmigiano-enriched risotto showcases the bright, spring-green trio of asparagus, peas, and parsley.

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Asparague With Miso-Tahini Dip

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Asparagus is the best dipper for this umami-packed dip. It's super simple to make, and there's no cooking required: just a quick mix of ingredients for a flavorful result.

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Asparagus Custard Tart

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Using store-bought puff pastry means minimal prep time for this stunning asparagus-studded tart. Serve it with a green salad to balance out the rich, cheesy filling.

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Roasted Asparagus With Lemony Breadcrumbs

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It's hard to play favorites with baked asparagus recipes, but the panko breadcrumbs amped up with fresh lemon juice and zest in this side dish won us over.

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Salmon, Asparagus, and Leek in Parchment

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We love cooking in parchment—no muss, no fuss, and tons of flavor. Here, we've paired wild salmon with asparagus, leeks, and a host of fresh herbs, including tarragon, dill, basil, and parsley.

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Asparagus with Almonds, Goat Cheese, and Basil

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For a side that deserves centerstage, tender asparagus stalks are tossed with an irresistible mustard-lemon dressing, made with soft-cooked egg yolk, and topped with almonds and goat cheese.

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Pickled Spring Onions and Asparagus

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Coriander, lemon zest, bay leaves, and white-wine vinegar infuse asparagus and spring onions with tons of flavor in this easy refrigerator pickle. Serve with broiled cheese toasts.

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Creamy Asparagus Chicken

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Here's an elegant one-pot dinner of chicken braised with asparagus, leeks, and baby red potatoes. A splash of cream adds just the right amount of richness.

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Sautéed Asparagus With Garlic and Thyme

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A quick and easy spring side dish that cooks the tender green stalks in one of our favorite ways. Start by sautéing, then end with steaming (in the same pan!) for perfect crisp-tender asparagus.

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Asparagus and Fava Beans With Toasted Almonds

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Ring in spring with not one, but two seasonal favorites: asparagus and fava beans. A topping of toasted almonds and freshly grated lemon zest gives the duo a bright, crunchy finish.

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Asparagus and Watercress Pizza

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Asparagus is teamed with red onion and two different kinds of cheese—ricotta and mozzarella—for this springtime pizza. The heat of the just-out-of-the-oven pie slightly wilts the fresh watercress that's added at the end.

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Pea and Asparagus Salad

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A raw salad that pairs asparagus with another seasonal favorite: fresh peas. They're tossed with fresh mint, toasted almonds, and a rice-wine vinaigrette.

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Steak and Asparagus Stir-Fry

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This easy dinner can be on the table in just 20 minutes. Thinly sliced skirt steak is quick-cooked with asparagus, fresh ginger, scallions, and Thai chiles. Serve with steamed white rice, lime wedges, and roasted peanuts.

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Asparagus Casserole

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Our take on this traditional Southern side dish takes it to the next level with smoky bacon, creamy béchamel, and nutty Gruyère.

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Rice Salad With Asparagus and Peas

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Anchovies give the sherry vinaigrette for this rice-and-vegetable salad an umami punch.

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Grilled Asparagus Flatbreads

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Top toasted olive bread with rich burrata cheese, flame-kissed asparagus, and fresh radish sprouts for a quick, utensil-free appetizer. It's just the thing for a garden party.

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Cream of Asparagus Soup

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This asparagus recipe recipe uses every part of the stalk. Even the tough ends are transformed into a quick stock for an extra shot of spring flavor.

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Asparagus-Gruyère Tart

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We love cooking asparagus in the oven, especially like this: surrounded by store-bought puff pastry and topped with shredded Gruyère cheese. Bake the resulting savory tart until golden brown and serve with scrambled eggs for brunch or a green salad for dinner.

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Linguine With Asparagus and Egg

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A poached egg and grated Parmesan on top of tender steamed asparagus and linguine make a light, pretty vegetarian meal. The egg yolk serves as a rich sauce for the pasta.

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Steamed Asparagus With Brown Butter and Hazelnuts

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There's no shortage of steamed asparagus recipes, but you'd be hard-pressed to find one this easy and sophisticated. Browned butter adds rich depth, and hazelnuts provide the perfect amount of crunch.

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Grilled Asparagus and Ricotta Pizza

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Lightly char rounds of homemade or store-bought pizza dough, then top with creamy ricotta cheese, lemon zest, and grilled asparagus. Simmer garlic and rosemary in olive oil to make the fragrant infused oil for brushing the dough.

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Asparagus Mimosa

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Asparagus mimosa is a classic dish named for the pretty yellow-and-white flower. Press a peeled hard-cooked egg through a fine, stainless-steel sieve to create the bright and fluffy garnish for the long green stalks.

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Egg Noodles With Asparagus and Grated Egg Yolks

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With creamy mascarpone, salty pecorino, hard-cooked yolk, crisp-tender asparagus, and lots of lemon zest, this springtime pasta is over the top in all the right ways.

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Roasted Asparagus With Capers and Lemon

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How do you make a dish stand out from a pack of roasted asparagus recipes? Shower the spears with briny capers, tangy lemon juice, and fiery red-pepper flakes.

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Sautéed Asparagus With Bacon

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What sets this dish apart from other sautéed asparagus recipes? Bacon, of course!

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Raw Artichoke and White-Asparagus Farro Salad

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Raw white asparagus and raw artichokes combine in this hearty salad with herbs, lemon, and farro. Feta cheese tops it off.

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Asparagus and Carrot Slaw

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This is sophistication in a slaw; asparagus takes everyone's favorite crunchy salad to a new level.

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Asparagus and Green Beans With Chili-Orange Oil

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Infuse olive oil with orange zest and red-pepper flakes to give a bright and lively zing to this easy spring side dish.

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Frittata With Asparagus, Goat Cheese, and Herbs

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Crisp-tender asparagus spears and tangy goat cheese adorn this chive- and scallion-flecked frittata. Serve it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner—you can't go wrong!

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Asparagus With Creamy Mustard Sauce

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What makes this asparagus recipe stand out? The creamy, tangy sauce; it can be drizzled over steamed asparagus or used as a dip. It's simple to make, too—just stir together mayonnaise, olive oil, white-wine vinegar, and Dijon mustard.

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Asparagus, Leek, and Gruyere Quiche

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The ideal centerpiece for a spring brunch, this quiche combines sautéed asparagus and leeks with Gruyère cheese in a buttery pastry crust. Serve with fruit salad and muffins for a lovely morning meal.

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Asparagus With Mint Butter

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The simple combination of chopped fresh mint and sweet, creamy butter transforms steamed asparagus into a luxurious side dish.

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