Garlic butter asparagus is an easy, crowd-pleasing side dish that you can whip up in less than 15 minutes. Chopped almonds and garlic get sauteed in butter then the asparagus is cooked until crisp-tender. A little squeeze of lemon finishes the dish. We like to cut the asparagus so that it easily fits into a pan, but if you want, you can leave the stalks whole.
4clovesgarlic, 2 sliced and 2 minced
1lbasparagus, cut into 2" pieces (see notes)
Juice from 1 lemon
Sea salt, to taste.
Melt the butter in a large pan over medium heat. Add the almonds and garlic and cook until the almonds start to brown and the sliced garlic begins to crisp, about 5 minutes. Remove from the pan with a slotted spoon.
1 tablespoon butter, ¼ cup almonds, 4 cloves garlic
Add the asparagus and cook, stirring occasionally, until it begins to soften, about 8 minutes.
1 lb asparagus
Once the asparagus is soft, add the almonds and garlic back into the pan and squeeze the lemon over the top. Season to taste with salt.
Juice from 1 lemon, Sea salt
You can prepare the asparagus whole if you prefer. Simply snap the tough ends off the asparagus and continue with the recipe.