Did you know that asparagus has been considered a delicacy since ancient times? Packed with nutrients, asparagus provides fiber, folate, vitamins A, C, E and K, and trace minerals that help protect against certain forms of cancer every time you take a bite. While these succulent and tender vegetable have a growing season of February through July in the United States, you can also find frozen asparagus (such as our Asparagus and Kale) in your grocery store’s freezer section. Asparagus is a super versatile vegetable that can be cooked in a wide variety of ways for every meal of the day.
Here are some of our favorite asparagus recipes to keep you inspired and excited:
Asparagus Artichoke Breakfast Casserole
When you’re looking to feed a crowd for breakfast or brunch you can’t go wrong with this breakfast casserole featuring fresh asparagus, canned artichoke hearts, rustic bread, bacon, onions, eggs, milk, and cheddar cheese.
Baked Asparagus Frittata
This recipe would be perfect for a Sunday brunch but it also works for a Saturday lunch or when you’re craving “breakfast for dinner” comfort food.
Ham and Asparagus Strata
This hearty breakfast casserole has layered cubes of rustic bread, eggs, Gruyere cheese, milk, cream, diced ham, and asparagus. You can easily make it ahead and leftover can be reheated as necessary.
Spring Frittata With Asparagus and Ramps
Ramps are wild leeks generally found in the Northeast United States. They have a garlicky aroma, but offer a sweet, leek-like flavor that perfectly complements the asparagus in this frittata.
Cheesy Grits With Spring Vegetables Recipe
This simple yet hearty brunch features cheesy grits topped with sautéed asparagus and mixed vegetables, and finished off with a poached egg and a garnish of fresh herbs.
Cheesy Asparagus Gratin
This quick appetizer or side dish features roasted asparagus, herbs, and lots of baked and bubbly cheesy goodness.
Mushrooms, Bacon, and Asparagus Topped With Eggs Recipe
When you combine earthy mushrooms, sweet asparagus, and thick cut bacon, you’ll want this “breakfast” recipe for both lunch and dinner, too!
Bacon Blue Deviled Eggs with Roasted Garlic and Asparagus
Making deviled eggs takes a bit of time, but this recipe is worth every minute! Crunchy crumbly bacon and creamy blue cheese, smoked paprika, chives, and asparagus in bacon. So good your party guests will stop talking and look at one another in amazement.
Lemony Roasted Asparagus
This recipe features roasted asparagus with lemon, mint, red pepper flakes and a touch of Parmesan. Simple, but packed with flavor!
Asparagus and Caramelized Onion Tartlets
If you need a tasty appetizer these bite-sized asparagus tartlets are perfect. Combining caramelized onion with cheese and asparagus into mini phyllo pastry shells is easy and you’ll watch them disappear once they come out of the oven.
Bacon Wrapped Asparagus
This asparagus is wrapped in crispy bacon and covered in a buttery brown sugar glaze. An added bonus is that it can be made in advance and then grilled or baked.
Baked Asparagus Fries
This healthy alternative to french fries is baked to crispy perfection right in the oven. It’s certain to become everyone’s favorite side dish!
Creamy Asparagus Soup
This fresh and creamy asparagus soup recipe, is so delicious and so quick and easy to make that you’ll find yourself going back to it time and again. Serve with a slice of your favorite peasant bread.
Lobster Asparagus Chopped Salad
This delicious, decadent salad features succulent lobster tossed with chopped asparagus and tomatoes in a light lemon dressing. You can purchase fresh lobsters and steam them at home or get the meat pre-cooked from your local fish-market.
Springtime Cobb Salad
This version of Cobb Salad features an extra dose of green veggies including roasted asparagus and artichokes that will leave you wanting more! Pressed for time? Roast and then chill Tommy’s Asparagus and Kale and add to a tradition cobb salad for a quick and easy version.
Ribboned Asparagus and Quinoa Salad
This salad can be assembled on short time and can use quinoa that you make in advance and store in the refrigerator. Perfect for a healthy lunch at work or school!
Sichuan-Style Asparagus and Tofu Salad
Skip Chinese take-out and instead made this very quick and easy side dish that will sooth those cravings! A fiery-sweet Sichuan-style vinaigrette coats tender-crisp asparagus and firm tofu. Serve alone or with rice.
Shrimp, Asparagus, and Zucchini Orzo Salad
Looking for a healthy but satisfying lunch or salad? This nutritious orzo salad with asparagus and zucchini features shrimp but you could easily substitute chicken or tofu.
Asparagus Artichoke Salad
Grill or roast asparagus and toss into a simple salad featuring marinated artichoke hearts, shallots, and grape tomatoes. Serve alone or on a bed of mixed greens.
Asparagus Egg and Bacon Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette
This super simple salad features asparagus, hard boiled egg and bacon tossed with a Dijon vinaigrette – eat as a stand alone salad or serve it with a piece of fresh bread and a cup of soup.
Shaved Asparagus and Whipped Ricotta Pizza
Mix up pizza night with this creatively delicious recipe featuring whipped ricotta cheese and shaved asparagus. Feel free to add some prosciutto to make the meat-eaters happy!
Asparagus Prosciutto Panini with Garlic Mayo
This panini is guaranteed to make your stomach growl! Layer Swiss cheese, asparagus, prosciutto, arugula and garlic mayonnaise in a ciabatta and press to heated perfection.
Spring Pea and Asparagus Pasta
Get your greens with this lovely pasta dish that includes peas, asparagus and fresh herbs. This recipe makes 6 to 8 servings so you’ll have plenty for lunches and leftovers.
Homemade Ricotta Gnocchi with Asparagus Pesto
If you’ve ever wanted to make your own pasta, this recipe takes you through the steps in less than an hour. The finishing touch is a garlicky, cheesy asparagus pesto.
Spring Pea and Asparagus Risotto
This easy to make oven baked risotto features steamed peas and roasted asparagus. Perfect as a side dish or served with a salad for Meatless Monday.
Fettuccine with Brown Butter Asparagus and Parmesan Fonduta
This fettuccine recipe features a silky and creamy sauce combined with asparagus cooked brown butter. Looks beautiful on the plate, and it tastes amazing.
One Pan Baked Chicken with Butternut Squash and Parmesan Asparagus
This easy, one-pan dinner provides a full meal for the whole family. Tender chicken, cheesy asparagus and roasted butternut quash will leave everyone satisfied.
Fresh Herbs With Corn, Asparagus, and Chickpeas
This nutrient-packed dish features pan-crisped chickpeas and shallots seasoned with cumin, fresh corn kernels and bite-sized asparagus. Combined with the herbs and a savory yogurt make this an ideal side or a main course.
Seared Scallops with Asparagus Sauce
Asparagus sauce sounds fancy, but it’s simply just boiled asparagus, chopped and blended with chicken stock and then reheated with butter and salt. It’s a lovely complement to seared scallops and can also be used as a pasta sauce.
Chicken and Asparagus Teriyaki Stir-Fry
This dish is full of chicken and asparagus that you could serve alone or with rice. Feel free to swap the chicken for firm tofu or your favorite vegetarian-style meat substitute.
Whether you’re cooking with fresh or frozen asparagus, there are so many delicious and nutritious ways to use this versatile vegetable in your favorite soups, casseroles, and grain-based salads. If you’re looking for more delicious and easy-to-make recipes using asparagus, visit our Pinterest. There, you’ll find a well curated selection of our favorite recipes that you and your family are certain to love. Have a favorite asparagus recipe to share? Let us know in the comments or give us a shout out on social media!