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Sautéed Asparagus with Garlic Breadcrumbs

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Sautéed asparagus gets all dressed up with some golden brown, crunchy garlic breadcrumbs! A delicious and easy vegetable side dish.
Sauteed asparagus, mixed with garlicky breadcrumbs, in a black skillet.

Sauteed asparagus, mixed with garlicky breadcrumbs, in a black skillet.

Five ingredients are all you need for this sautéed asparagus recipe. That’s one of the reasons this side dish appears on our table regularly during asparagus season.

And while the taste of this springtime vegetable is fantastic with just a little olive oil, salt and pepper, there’s just something about garlicky breadcrumbs that turns this into a veggie side dish that you won’t be able to stop eating.

While we’re forever fans of grilled and roasted asparagus around here, pan cooked asparagus is a great way to change things, particularly when we eat asparagus almost every other night in the springtime!

Asparagus spears on a white background.

Asparagus spears on a white background.

What you need for this sautéed asparagus recipe:

These are the main components of this recipe (affiliate links included):

  • Asparagus: Fresh asparagus comes in a multitude of thicknesses, which can affect the cooking time.
  • Breadcrumbs: Panko breadcrumbs come in either regular (white bread) or whole wheat. The whole wheat ones are typically available just at health food stores, such as Whole Foods, or online.
  • Olive oil: For sauteing the garlic and breadcrumbs. Unsalted butter – or a combination of the two – could be used, if preferred.
  • Garlic: Peel and mince fresh garlic cloves.
  • Seasoning: Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  • Other flavors: If you want to mix things up a bit, feel free to add some finely grated Parmesan cheese or lemon zest to the breadcrumbs.

How to cook asparagus in a pan:

There are three options for cooking asparagus in a skillet.

  • First, cook the asparagus  in the skillet with some olive oil until tender. This method tends to use more oil because the asparagus takes longer to cook and more oil is required to stop the vegetable from sticking to the pan.
  • The second option is to sauté the asparagus for a couple of minutes, then add a simmering sauce to finish off the cooking, such as in this curried asparagus recipe.
  • In this recipe, the asparagus is blanched in boiling salted water, then finished off in the skillet with some olive oil. This method requires very little oil and is a fantastic option for low fat cooking.

Pieces of sauteed asparagus with garlic breadcrumbs in a large nonstick skillet.

Pieces of sauteed asparagus with garlic breadcrumbs in a large nonstick skillet.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Do I have to use panko breadcrumbs?

  • The appeal of panko breadcrumbs is their texture. Firm and a little crunchy when toasted, so they are your best option.
  • However, you can also use homemade breadcrumbs, such as these ones. Just be sure not to process the breadcrumbs into a fine meal, which doesn’t produce quite the right texture for this recipe.
  • I prefer to avoid regular store-bought breadcrumbs because the texture is typically very fine, making them better for breading.

How can I make this recipe gluten free?

  • The gluten culprit in this recipe is the 1/4 cup of panko breadcrumbs, so swapping those out with a gluten free alternative is the solution.
  • Many grocery stores now carry gluten free breadcrumbs or you can order them online (affiliate link). Alternatively, you could make your own breadcrumbs by starting with your favorite gluten free bread and following the directions in How to Make Breadcrumbs.

Cut and sauteed asparagus and panko breadcrumbs on a white plate.

Cut and sauteed asparagus and panko breadcrumbs on a white plate.

Other easy asparagus recipes:

Crustless Asparagus Quiche with Feta Cheese
Roasted Asparagus with Dijon Vinaigrette Dressing
Rice Noodles with Chicken, Asparagus & Soy Ginger Sauce
Dijon Chicken Salad with Asparagus

Sauteed asparagus, mixed with garlicky breadcrumbs, in a black skillet.Sauteed asparagus, mixed with garlicky breadcrumbs, in a black skillet.

Sauteed Asparagus with Garlic Breadcrumbs

Sautéed asparagus gets all dressed with some golden brown, crunchy garlic breadcrumbs! A delicious and easy vegetable side dish.

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Course: Side Dishes

Cuisine: American

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Keyword: Garlic Breadcrumbs, Panko Breadcrumbs, Sauteéd Asparagus

Prep Time: 4 minutes

Cook Time: 6 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Servings: 4 servings

Calories: 87.9kcal

Author: Dara Michalski | Cookin’ Canuck

Ingredients

  • 1 pound asparagus cut into 1-inch pieces, tips & stalks separated
  • 4 teaspoon olive oil divided
  • ¼ cup panko breadcrumbs I used whole wheat
  • 4 cloves of garlic minced, divided
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • salt and pepper to taste*

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Instructions

  • Prepare a large bowl with ice water.

  • Bring a large saucepan of well-salted water to a boil over medium heat. Add the asparagus stalk pieces and cook for 2 minutes. Add the tips and cook for an additional minute (see Note below). Drain and immediately plunge the asparagus into the ice water to stop it from cooking further. Let the asparagus rest in the ice water while the breadcrumbs are prepared, then drain.

  • Heat 2 teaspoons olive oil in a large nonstick skillet set over medium-high heat. Add the breadcrumbs, half of the garlic and the salt. Saute, stirring occasionally, until the breadcrumbs are golden brown and crunchy, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a plate or bowl.

  • Heat the remaining 2 teaspoons olive oil in the skillet, then add the remaining garlic and asparagus. Cook just to warm the asparagus, about 1 minute.

  • Remove from the heat and return the breadcrumbs to the pan. Toss to combine, taste and season with salt and pepper. Serve.

Notes

Weight Watchers Points: 2 (Blue – Freestyle SmartPoints), 2 (Green), 2 Purple)

*Extra salt and pepper not included in nutritional information.

Note: Cooking time will vary depending on the thickness of the asparagus spears. They should be tender crisp when pierced with a fork.

Please note that I am not a medical or nutritional professional. I provide nutritional information for my recipes as a courtesy to my readers. It is calculated using the Sparks nutrition calculator and Weight Watchers points are calculated using the Recipe Builder on their site. While I attempt to provide information that is as accurate as possible, you should calculate the nutritional information independently before relying on it.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.25of recipe | Calories: 87.9kcal | Carbohydrates: 9.6g | Protein: 3.5g | Fat: 4.9g | Saturated Fat: 0.7g | Sodium: 128.5mg | Fiber: 2.9g | Sugar: 2.2g


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This post was first published on May 1, 2019 and updated on April 22, 2021.

Disclosure: I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

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