Asparagus are in their peak season in spring. This tasty vegetable is easy to prepare and makes a zesty side dish to your meals. Asparagus With Lemon Zest appears in my Flexitarian Cookbook for Beginners.

Lemon zest adds a bright sparkle to the asparagus. It really helps to have a lemon zester than produces delicate flecks of lemon zest. I used to use a cheese grater and it would clog up, and I wondered how it looked so easy on the cooking shows. Now I know better and I use this lemon zester from Amazon. It’s less than $9 and so much easier to use.

Asparagus are low in calories and high in nutrients. They offer protein, fiber, Vitamins A, C, E, and K, folate, and potassium. They also offer a small amount of iron, zinc, and riboflavin.

Kids love them because they are fun to eat with your hands. Try making Asparagus With Lemon Zest to serve with your next fish dinner. I recently served this asparagus with baked salmon and mashed potatoes. It’s one of my go-to meals when I want something quick and healthy yet full of flavor.

Asparagus with Lemon Zest

Asparagus WIth Lemon Zest

A healthy and tasty side dish for meat and fish dinners.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Vegetable Side Dish
Cuisine American, Mediterranean
Servings 4


  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 pounds asparagus (woody ends trimmed)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • Pinch red pepper flakes (optional)


  • In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add asparagus and toss to coat with the oil. Sauté for 3 minutes.
  • Add garlic, lemon zest, salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes is using. Sauté for 5-7 minutes, until asparagus is tender-crisp.
  • Taste for seasoning, adjust as needed, and serve.
Keyword asparagus


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