Lemon Pepper Asparagus

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Asparagus and lemon just seem to be a match made in heaven.

So simple. So beautiful. And SO tasty!

This easy lemon pepper recipe is definitely one of my favorites. You can prepare the asparagus a number of ways — roasted, boiled, steamed, or sauteed. Then pair it with the citrusy zest and juice of a fresh lemon, lots of cracked black pepper, a little olive oil and salt, and this delicious side dish is ready to go instantly. And the vivid greens and yellows make it all the lovelier to enjoy.

Definitely a favorite in my book.

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Lemon Pepper Asparagus

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2-3 servings 1x


You will love this Lemon Pepper Asparagus recipe! It’s a quick and delicious way to prepare one of your favorite vegetables.


  • 1 lb. asparagus, ends trimmed
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • pinch of sea salt
  • lots of freshly-cracked black pepper


For Roasted Asparagus:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Toss or mist the asparagus with olive oil and 1 Tbsp. lemon juice until evenly coated. Sprinkle with a pinch or two of sea salt, and then generously season with freshly-cracked black pepper. Roast for 8-12 minutes, or until the tips begin to brown and the asparagus is tender. Remove and garnish with lemon zest.

For Boiled Asparagus:

  1. Fill a large stockpot 2/3 full of water, and bring to a rolling boil. Add asparagus spears, and cook for 3-5 minutes, or until crisp-tender. Remove and drain asparagus, then toss with olive oil and 1 Tbsp. lemon juice until evenly-coated. Season generously with freshly-cracked black pepper, and then garnish with lemon zest.


This recipe is also delicious with some fresh thyme mixed in!


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26 comments on “Lemon Pepper Asparagus”

  1. I agree- lemon and asparagus were meant for each other!

  2. My family really enjoys all the fresh spring asparagus right now. I was looking for another way to serve it up and found this recipe – it looks so delicious. I would love for you to link up this recipe on my Seasonal Eats May roundup found here, which highlights recipes that use seasonal ingredients in great recipes.

  3. What a lovely way to prepare asparagus… I love the pop of color the lemon adds! I’m sure it also adds a nice bright and fresh flavor, too. Can’t wait for the first asparagus from our CSA!

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  6. I love the colors in this fresh dish. So simple and yet so tasty. Thanks.

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  11. Such a healthy dish and so beautifully presented. I shared your post to my readers today on TOP TEN LOW CARB FOODS + RECIPE ROUND UP http://totalhomemakeovermagazine.blogspot.com/2014/02/top-ten-low-carb-foods-recipe-round-up.html

    Warmly, Renee

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  13. Directions on how to sauté please. Liked the broiling but prefer sauté. If it doesn’t go in a toaster, microwave, or come in a take out box, my wife can’t cook it. Ergo, I cook most of the meals for her and my eight year old. As with most men, while I am accomplished with meat and fire, baking and roasting are skills that have not come naturally, have been, and continually are, being acquired.


    • Sure thing. To saute the asparagus, heat the oil until it is shimmering. (If you drop a drop of water in it, it should sizzle.) Then add the asparagus, and let it cook — stirring 2-3 times a minute — until it is cooked. For this recipe, that will probably about 3-5 minutes, depending on the size of your pan and how much asparagus is used.

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  20. 5 stars
    I’ve made the recipe at least 20 times! It’s delicious and simple. I always make my asparagus using this recipe. For the lemon I simply buy the “Sicilia Lemon Juice” bottles at the grocery and I’m all set.