Quick and Easy Asparagus

Spinach, broccoli, hericot verts, kale, brussels, and asparagus are our most frequently eaten green vegetables in this house. I realize I haven’t posted any vegetable recipes, and there’s a reason for that — I honestly thought no one cared lol. I treat veggies with respect most times, and keep them rather simple for our quick weeknight noms. Sometimes I’ll do something fancy with them, but not frequently. I didn’t think anyone wanted to know how I did this, but I guess I can post my quick and easy vegetable recipes as well as the more involved versions too, right? Wouldn’t hurt…

This is a very quick, very simple, very basic “recipe” for weeknight asparagus that can be done in about 10 minutes. You simple give the asparagus a quick head-start in the microwave to steam them, then toss them in a skillet with a little coconut oil, spices and boom — you’re done. Stupid easy. I know the nutmeg may seem weird, but trust me, it works here. You only need a tiny pinch, and you can eyeball the other measurements.

The skillet I’m using here is from T-Fal. I’m also using a microplane to grate the nutmeg. The clear bowls I use can be purchased on Amazon.

Quick and Easy Asparagus

1) our microwaved and drained asparagus. 2) seasonings I’m using, feel free to use whatever you’d like. 3) coconut oil ready to go! 4) add the asparagus and the seasonings and cook for just 3 to 4 minutes

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Stay tuned for more vegetable recipes in the near future, I have tons of them!

Quick and Easy Asparagus
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A super fast, delicious way to bring asparagus to your dinner table.
Serves: 4
  • 1 bunch of asparagus, woody ends removed (see note below)
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • pinch of sea salt
  • pinch of red pepper flake
  • pinch of granulated garlic
  • pinch of freshly ground nutmeg
  • pinch of black pepper
  1. Trim off the woody ends of your asparagus (usually the last 2 inches). Place asparagus in a microwave-safe bowl with 1 tbsp water, and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Punch a tiny hole in the center of the plastic wrap to allow the steam to vent. Microwave on high for about 3 to 4 minutes. Carefully remove the plastic wrap, allowing the steam to ventilate away from you so that you don't get burned. Drain the asparagus and set aside.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of coconut oil over medium-high heat. Add asparagus and seasonings, and cook until edges of asparagus begin to caramelize just slightly, about 3 to 4 minutes. Taste, and adjust seasoning if needed.
  3. Serve and enjoy
This method works best with thicker spears of asparagus. If your asparagus is on the thin side (like a pencil), steam them in the microwave for just 2 minutes vs. 4, and cook over the stove for just 2 minutes, instead of 4.