Asparagus with Lemon Brown Butter Sauce

It’s the start of asparagus season here in Southern California and soon the grocery stores will be flooded with asparagus.  I, for one, can’t get enough.


This is a simple dish that comes together in 10 minutes tops.  The asparagus is sautéed in a pan – caramelizing slightly.  The sauce is created by adding lemon juice to the pan after the asparagus is removed – whisking the lemon and browned butter together and then drizzling over the asparagus.  Simple and delicious!



Asparagus with Lemon Brown Butter Sauce

Lightly sauteed asparagus with a lemony butter sauce.

  • Prep Time: 2 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 7 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x


  • 1 bunch of asparagus
  • 2 tbs butter
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 5 twists of black pepper


  1. Snap tough ends of asparagus.
  2. Wash asparagus – do not dry asparagus.
  3. Add butter to frying pan and melt over medium heat.
  4. When butter is melted and frothy – add asparagus (water should still be clinging to the stalks). Leave the heat on medium. Cover with a lid and set the time for 5 minutes.
  5. Give the pan a good shake about half way through cooking.
  6. When 5 minutes is up – remove asparagus from the pan.
  7. The butter will have browned while cooking the asparagus. Add lemon to the butter in the pan. Add pepper. Whisk/stir the sauce in the pan to blend.
  8. Pour over asparagus and serve.

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