Quick, delicious, and so easy – this pan fried asparagus is simple and fresh! Perfect for paleo or whole 30 diets, and just four easy to find ingredients!
I have a sort of love/hate relationship with asparagus.
Don’t get me wrong- I LOVE, love, love it – but I absolutely hate the way a lot of people cook asparagus.
Limp, bland, overly soft spears of asparagus haunt me in dreams- anytime I see a boiling basket near my favorite green veggie, I have a small panic attack.
Ok- let’s be even more honest here- it’s not a small panic attack. It’s a full-scale freak out!
Friends- STOP. Let’s make a pledge, here and now, to NEVER boil asparagus again.
There is no reason it should be bland, limp, and boring – really!
Just one taste of this delicious (and crazy easy) pan fried asparagus, and you’ll be a convert.
And sure- it’s called pan fried, but don’t let that worry you about calories. We’re frying the asparagus with clarified butter (sub out olive oil/grapeseed oil if you’re vegan), but this recipe still clocks in at under 110 calories per serving, making this a delicious, healthy side dish with natural fats and no processed ingredients.
Looking for the best pan to cook in? I LOVE my DeBuyer Mineral Pan- it is heavy like cast iron, but naturally nonstick. It is literally the best tool in my kitchen! I’m adding everything but the asparagus you’ll need to make this recipe (contains affiliate links- when you buy through these, I get a small percentage which helps me bring you FREE recipes!)
Pan Fried Asparagus
- 1½ tbsp ghee (clarified butter)
- 1 bunch asparagus
- salt, to taste
- Heat a heavy pan on medium high to melt ghee.
- Trim hard, woody ends off asparagus.
- Add asparagus to pan and cook until lightly browned and softened - stirring occasionally to prevent burning.
- Toss with salt and stir, serve hot.