How to Pan Fry Asparagus

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Pan Fried Asparagus is fast, easy and healthy to boot. You don't always have to go fancy with your asparagus, sometimes just throwing it into a pan and frying it up works perfectly.

Pan Fried Asparagus
Pan Fried Asparagus

How To Make Pan Fried Asparagus

What You’ll Need

  • A large skillet
  • Olive oil
  • Asparagus (slightly thicker is better)
  • Minced garlic
  • Flaked sea salt
  • Cracked Black Pepper

How do I trim Asparagus?

The best way to trim the spears is by taking the stalk and with a hand on each end and bend it. The stalk will snap in the location where the tender part meets the woody, tough part, leaving you with perfectly tender asparagus every time. You can guess where the spear gets woody and cut it with a knife as well.

Fried Asparagus
Fried Asparagus

Mike's Tips & Tricks for the Best Pan Fried Asparagus

  1. When selecting your asparagus, make sure that the stalks are crisp and not soft and check the tops for any signs of softness. The tops can start to rot even in the stores!
  2. I recommend cooking the asparagus until it's tender-crisp, so that you still have some bite to it, but the outside is soft and cooked.
  3. Use flaked sea salt to sprinkle over top when serving if desired.
  4. Add in the garlic near the end, or it will overcook.

More Asparagus Recipes:

These are amazing when served with steak and as a side for pretty much any dish. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

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How to Pan Fry Asparagus

How to Pan Fry Asparagus so that it's tender-crisp, flavourful and fast! It's a great healthy side dish and low carb as well.
Side Dish
Karami Urbanoski


  • 1-2 lbs fresh asparagus
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 2-3 tbsp olive oil
  • flaked sea salt
  • cracked black pepper


  • Trim the asparagus spears;
  • Preheat your skillet over medium-high heat with the olive oil.
  • Place the asparagus spears in the skillet. Fry for 4-5 minutes ( or more, depending on the thickness of the spears) until they are almost ready.  Add in the garlic, then fry for another 1-3 minutes until the garlic is browned and fragrant.
  • Remove, plate and serve hot.

Recipe Notes

Garnish with sea salt and cracked pepper when serving.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 90kcal, Carbohydrates: 5g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 3mg, Potassium: 245mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 855IU, Vitamin C: 7.6mg, Calcium: 34mg, Iron: 2.5mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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