Sauteed Asparagus with Garlic and Thyme

Sauteed Asparagus with Garlic and Thyme recipe
Photo: Chris Simpson
Total Time:
15 mins
2 to 3 Serves

Come springtime, when stalks of asparagus shoot up from the ground (as if they’re celebrating with us!), there isn't much to do to make this easy side dish shine. First, a sauté in the skillet with olive oil, garlic, and thyme coaxes out the natural sweetness of the asparagus, while finishing it with a quick steam until the stalks are crisp-tender locks in vitamins like A and C.


  • 1 ½ teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon sliced garlic

  • 2 thyme sprigs

  • 10 ounces asparagus, ends trimmed

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper


  1. Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high. Add garlic and thyme sprigs. Cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add asparagus; season with salt and pepper. Cook, tossing to coat in oil, 1 minute.

  2. Arrange asparagus in a single layer in skillet, add 1/4 cup water, and cover. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook, shaking pan occasionally, until asparagus is crisp-tender and most of water has evaporated, 2 minutes.

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