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Slow Butter Braised Asparagus


  • A bunch of asparagus, hard part of stalks cut off
  • 1 teaspoon of minced shallots and/or garlic
  • 2-4 tablespoons of butter (depends on how much asparagus you have)
  • sea salt
  • squeeze of lemon
  • shaved parmesan


  • Heat a large saute pan over medium heat. Add butter. When butter hot, add shallots/garlic, turn heat to low and fry until fragrant. 2. Add asparagus, cover with a tight-fitting lid (important -if lid isn't tight, the steam escapes, you can try using a thin dishtowel under lid and fold ends up over the top of the lid to create a nice seal).
  • Cook on low for 10-12 minutes, depending on how soft you like your asparagus. If your asparagus can't all fit in one layer in your pan, stir a couple of times during the cooking process. After 8 minutes, take a peek. I usually can tell by cutting part of the stalk with a butter knife and adjust my cooking time.
  • If it looks like the pan needs more butter, feel free to add another tablespoon in, or just throw in a tablespoon of water.
  • When cooked to your liking, remove asparagus, pour the butter/shallot/garlic mixture over, sprinkle with sea salt, a squeeze of lemon and top with shaved parmesan.
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