Pan sauteed asparagus with balsamic vinegar is a super easy and quick side dish idea.
The spring asparagus season is upon us, so let's enjoy it!
My former boss was an Italian at the Gelateria ice cream store where I worked as a teen.
He used to cook lunch for us and it was always special.
Most of his authentic Italian meals were cooked within an hour and many even in less then 20 minutes.
He used to prepare these pan sauteed asparagus with balsamic vinegar and he would serve the stovetop asparagus with homemade potato gnocchi (which he would cook one day in masses and freeze).
I also love this asparagus side dish served up with mini Wellington and mash potatoes.
I use green baby asparagus to successfully cook this Italian asparagus dish in a skillet because the young ones are more tender and cook through quickly.
Try to pick only young fresh looking, crisp Asparagus in your local grocery store.
Green asparagus sauteed in olive oil, in my opinion, look better when served.
Besides green asparagus only need to be trimmed and not peeled like the white ones (except if the skin is also tough and fibrous).
White asparagus are always trimmed and peeled.
How to sautee asparagus?
The easiest and quickest way to cook asparagus is cooking asparagus in a skillet.
That way you save time and effort and the balsamic vinegar adds plenty of flavors to the side dish.
So you won't have to compromise on flavors here!
Trim the woody, tough fibrous asparagus ends off.
To cook, heat up a pan with olive oil and place your asparagus into the pan.
Drizzle the Balsamic vinegar over the asparagus and season with black pepper.
Cook your asparagus for about 5 minutes on medium heat or until you feel they are done.
Shake the pan
Don't overcook the skillet asparagus, or they will turn lifeless and soggy ugly.
I always sprinkle lemon over my sauteed asparagus before I serve them up.
Serve these perfect asparagus with
The pan asparagus pairs really well with rice, orzo
Asparagus side dish ideas
- Asparagus salad with tuna and microgreens
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- Crispy Baked Asparagus Fries by cheesecurdinparadise.com
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Pan Sauteed Asparagus with Balsamic Vinegar
- Wash your asparagus spears to get rid of trapped dirt. Pat them dry or else the water will jump in the pan during the cooking process.
- Trim off the tough woody and fibrous asparagus ends.
- Heat up a skillet and keep on medium heat with the olive oil and place your asparagus into the pan.
- Drizzle the balsamic vinegar over the asparagus spears in the pan and season with black pepper
- Sautee your asparagus for about 5 minutes or until they are cooked. Shake the pan occasionally. The asparagus should still have some texture and should not be soggy and lifeless.
- Drizzle Lemon Juice over the asparagus just before serving them still hot.