Low in calories, high in vitamins and fiber, this powerful veggie is worth reaching for when you’re trying to lose weight, regulate your digestion or want a boost of antioxidants.
Unfortunately, it’s all too easy to get into a rut of roasting asparagus on its own as a plain side dish. Despite its distinct flavor, asparagus gets along with just about everybody on the dinner (or breakfast) plate. Go outside your comfort zone and wrap your spears in bacon, dip them in yolky eggs, add a few stalks to your burger, dice it into your stir-fry or mix it into a soup.
No matter what route you take, you can harness the power of the humble asparagus in a way that’s new and inspiring. Here’s a list of 33 ways to serve asparagus to get you started.
Proscuitto-Wrapped Asparagus Dipped in Soft Boiled Eggs
If you’re a savory breakfast person, look no further – you can’t do much better than these deceptively simple asparagus dippers.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Proscuitto-Wrapped Asparagus Dipped in Soft Boiled Eggs
Broiled Salmon and Asparagus Caesar Salad
Jazz up your Caesar salad with warm salmon, creamy avocado, and crisp asparagus!
Recipe: PaleOMG | Broiled Salmon and Asparagus Caesar Salad
Roasted Asparagus Avocado Soup
Avocado replaces cream in this velvety blended soup – and the garlic infused olive oil doesn’t hurt.
Recipe: Cook Eat Paleo | Roasted Asparagus Avocado Soup
Spicy Pork and Asparagus Stir-Fry
When you’re sick of roasting asparagus whole, cut them up into bite-sized pieces and stir-fry them with spicy peppers and ground pork in this colorful one-pan dinner.
Recipe: Nom Nom Paleo | Spicy Pork and Asparagus Stir-Fry
One-Pan Honey Turmeric Chicken with Asparagus
Chicken and asparagus roast together in a garlic honey sauce for a dinner that’s ready in only 30 minutes.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | One-Pan Honey Turmeric Chicken with Asparagus
Grilled Lemon Pepper Chicken Kebabs
Fire up the grill and string up asparagus spears with chicken, lemon rounds and red onion for the best shish kebabs you’ve had in a long time.
Recipe: A Farmgirl’s Dabbles | Grilled Lemon Pepper Chicken Kebabs
Asparagus Bundles with Bacon & Poached Eggs
It’s easier to wrap asparagus in bundles rather than one at a time, and the bacon flavors permeate through just as nicely. Top these bundles with a freshly poached egg and a sprinkle of sesame seeds for a tasty and filling breakfast.
Recipe: A Calculated Whisk | Asparagus Bundles with Bacon & Poached Eggs
Asparagus serves as the base for this breakfast classic, topped with an oozy egg and a buttery Hollandaise sauce
Recipe: Against All Grain | Asparagus Benedict
Greek-Style Lamb Burger
Craving some fresh Greek flavors? This juicy Mediterranean burger is topped with grilled asparagus instead of lettuce.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Greek-Style Lamb Burger
Sausage, Leek and Asparagus Dill Breakfast Casserole
All you need are a handful of ingredients and 10 minutes of prep time for this hearty frittata-like breakfast casserole. It should last you all week!
Recipe: PaleOMG | Sausage, Leek and Asparagus Dill Breakfast Casserole
“Let’s Brunch” Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms
Pile an empty mushroom cap with scrambled eggs, pesto and asparagus for a garden-fresh breakfast.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | “Let’s Brunch” Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms
Korean Beef Wrapped Asparagus
Thin slices of marinated flank steak are wrapped around asparagus stalks and then grilled for a bold-flavored appetizer.
Recipe: Against All Grain | Korean Beef Wrapped Asparagus
Simple Red Cabbage Casserole
Organic asparagus shoots combine with celery, leek and red onion in this crazy colorful and super healthy veggie casserole.
Recipe: Our Earth Land | Simple Red Cabbage Casserole
Creamy Asparagus, Leek, and Chicken Cauliflower Risotto
Take cauliflower rice to the next level with hearty Paleo risotto, made creamy with coconut milk.
Recipe: Perchance to Cook | Creamy Asparagus, Leek, and Chicken Cauliflower Risotto
These crunchy baked fries are dredged in an egg wash and almond flour breading. The added vegan “cheese” made from pine nuts and garlic and onion powders make for a powerful flavor!
Recipe: Naked Avocado | Asparagus Fries
Forget the lettuce – this salad with crumbled bacon and cherry tomatoes is pretty much the best deconstructed BLT ever.
Recipe: Paleo Plan | Asparagus Salad
Pork Wrapped Asparagus With Bacon Infused Spaghetti Squash
Double pork alert! Slices of pork tenderloin are stuffed with mustardy asparagus and served atop bacon-flecked spaghetti squash.
Recipe: PaleOMG | Pork Wrapped Asparagus With Bacon Infused Spaghetti Squash
One-Pan New York Strip Steak Dinner for Two
This easy and romantic dinner for two broils in the oven and is ready in 20 minutes flat.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | One-Pan New York Strip Steak Dinner for Two
White Asparagus With A Provençal Lemon Mustard Mayo
Change things up with this silky white asparagus topped with a dollop of homemade Paleo mayo.
Recipe: Perchance to Cook | White Asparagus With A Provençal Lemon Mustard Mayo
Asparagus with Mushrooms and Hazelnuts
Blanched, bright asparagus mixes with sauteed mushrooms, green onions and toasted hazelnuts for a simple but elegant side dish.
Recipe: Paleo Plan | Asparagus with Mushrooms and Hazelnuts
Roasted Asparagus with Lemon Vinaigrette
A light oil and vinegar dressing with a little dijon mustard goes a long way in this simple, lemony side dish.
Recipe: Paleo Newbie | Roasted Asparagus with Lemon Vinaigrette
Creamy Lemon Chicken with Asparagus and Mushrooms
This one-skillet dinner uses coconut milk instead of butter and cream to achieve a rich, savory flavor.
Recipe: Wholesomelicious | Creamy Lemon Chicken with Asparagus and Mushrooms
Roasted Chicken Primavera
A pretty arrangement of asparagus, chicken, zucchini and mushrooms in a baking pan is a great way to honor spring any time of the year.
Recipe: Get Inspired Everyday | Roasted Chicken Primavera
Asparagus and Avocado Salad
If you enjoy the crispness of raw asparagus, try pairing it with creamy avocado in this easy green salad with chives.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Asparagus and Avocado Salad
Cashew Chicken with Asparagus & Shiitake Mushrooms
This earthy stir-fry of asparagus and mushrooms pack a whole lot of umami punch.
Recipe: A Calculated Whisk | Cashew Chicken with Asparagus & Shiitake Mushrooms
Glazed Honey Dijon Roasted Salmon
Broiled salmon and asparagus are drizzled in the same sweet garlicky glaze for a tasty one-pan dinner that’s ready in only 15 minutes.
Recipe: Get Inspired Everyday | Glazed Honey Dijon Roasted Salmon
Garlic Herb Asparagus
Sometimes simple is best. This asparagus side dish with a little herb seasoning and lemon zest really let’s the star veggie shine.
Recipe: Eat Your Beets | Garlic Herb Asparagus
Lemon Tilapia and Asparagus
All you need is 25 minutes from beginning to end to have this lemony fish ‘n’ veggie platter on the table.
Recipe: Perchance to Cook | Lemon Tilapia and Asparagus
Roasted Asparagus Soup with Tahini Drizzle
Get your daily fill of greens in this thick, vibrant soup of asparagus, zucchini and celery.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Roasted Asparagus Soup with Tahini Drizzle
Broccoli Asparagus Primavera
Broccoli, asparagus and tomatoes unite in this Italian-style dish. Try it as a base for meatballs or a topping on cauliflower rice to make it a real, hearty meal.
Recipe: Perchance to Cook | Broccoli Asparagus Primavera
Paleo Lemon Ginger Asparagus Soup
The subtle Asian flavors of coconut milk and cardamom pods are the perfect comfort food on a chilly or rainy day.
Recipe: The Artisan Life | Paleo Lemon Ginger Asparagus Soup
Cream of Asparagus Soup
This Whole30-friendly, creamy soup is a great way to use up a little leftover chicken bone broth.
Recipe: Health Starts in the Kitchen | Cream of Asparagus Soup
Yellow Squash, Asparagus and Egg Breakfast
For a veggie-forward brekkie, try this simple combo of squash, asparagus, boiled eggs and pecans.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Yellow Squash, Asparagus and Egg Breakfast
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