3 Minute Skillet Asparagus

Always down for a delicious side dish ready in three minutes.

So many nights I think about what entree to make for dinner and forget about the side dish. Which in fact is super important to get those veggies in your diet. Asparagus is a nutrient dense whole food packed with lots of vitamins and minerals. It’s also high in fiber and low in calories and low in carbs.

The fresh pressed garlic is key to this dish so please don’t skip it. When you’re getting those crispy buttery garlic bits in every bite, you’ll thank me. As is the Italian Blend seasoning. If you don’t have it prepackaged, then just sprinkle in some dried basil, dried parsley, dried oregano and dried thyme – those should cover it.

If you want to make this healthier, swap out the butter for olive oil and skip the cheese. It will still taste amazing. I will be trying this with feta cheese the next time I make it along with some Kalamata olives. You definitely want to top with some chili pepper flakes at the end though. Even some fresh chives or parsley would be great too!

The additional and noteworthy beauty of this dish is the time it takes to make it, or the lack-there-of. The time factor also prevents you from over cooking the veggies, which is not recommended but if that’s what makes you smile, then go for it!

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3 minute skillet asparagus

3 Minute Skillet Asparagus

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes


  • 2 tbs butter (or olive oil)
  • 1 lb asparagus (trimmed)
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp dried Italian seasoning
  • salt + pepper to taste
  • 2/3 cup shredded parmesan cheese (or shredded mozzarella)


  • Cut your asparagus into 2 inch pieces.
  • Melt your butter in a large skillet over medium high. Add the asparagus and cook for a few minutes until just fork tender, stirring and tossing occasionally.
  • Add the garlic and seasonings and toss around for 30 seconds. 
  • Lastly sprinkle on the cheese and cover for a few seconds until melted. 


Optional: Top with chili pepper flakes.
Do not use the thin baby asparagus for this recipe.


Calories: 97kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 278mg | Potassium: 270mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1009IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 245mg | Iron: 3mg
Author: Stella

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