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Asparagus with Lemon Butter Sauce – Budget friendly, quick, and easy crisp-tender asparagus drizzled with an amazing lemon butter sauce and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese. The BEST asparagus side dish of ever!

Asparagus with Lemon Butter Sauce Recipe

Budget friendly, quick, and easy crisp-tender asparagus drizzled with an amazing lemon butter sauce and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese.
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Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 95 kcal
Author Katerina | Diethood

Ingredients

FOR THE ASPARAGUS

  • water
  • salt
  • 2 pound asparagus , trimmed

FOR THE LEMON BUTTER SAUCE

  • 3 tablespoons fresh meyer lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons organic , low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter , cut into pats*
  • salt and fresh ground pepper , to taste

OPTIONAL

  • Garnish with parmesan cheese , fresh chopped parsley and lemon zest

Instructions

FOR THE ASPARAGUS

  1. Fill a large pot with about 2 inches of salted water and bring to a boil.
  2. Add asparagus to the boiling water; cover with a lid and let it steam until it's cooked to your liking, about 5 to 8 minutes, depending on the thickness of the asparagus.
  3. Drain. Transfer asparagus to a large bowl of ice water to cool, and drain again.

In the meantime, prepare the LEMON BUTTER SAUCE

  1. In a saucepan combine lemon juice, vegetable broth, and white vinegar. Cooking over medium heat, reduce the sauce by half.
  2. Turn heat down to a simmer and whisk in the cream; keep whisking to break up the curds.
  3. Add sugar and continue to whisk while adding the pats of butter, letting each pat melt into the sauce before you add the next.
  4. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Simmer until sauce begins to thicken.
  6. Remove from heat and let stand couple of minutes. Sauce will thicken as it stands.
  7. Taste for seasonings and adjust accordingly.
  8. Transfer cooked asparagus to a serving plate.
  9. Serve the lemon butter sauce by drizzling over the asparagus or on the side.

Recipe Notes

*IF you prefer a creamier sauce, add more butter, about a tablespoon at a time.

 

Nutrition Facts
Asparagus with Lemon Butter Sauce Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 95 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 22mg7%
Sodium 27mg1%
Potassium 234mg7%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 1125IU23%
Vitamin C 8.5mg10%
Calcium 33mg3%
Iron 2.4mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.