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Skillet Asparagus with Lime Butter

Asparagus season is full swing so enjoy every minute of it. This skillet asparagus is a quick and tasty side dish that will get rave reviews. My family voted it the “Best Asparagus Ever”!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Author: Kim Beaulieu


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 bunch asparagus
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • Lime zest from 1 lime
  • Lime juice from 1 lime
  • Red pepper flakes to taste
  • Salt to taste


  • Wash asparagus and snap off the ends. Discard ends.
  • Heat olive oil in a cast iron pan over medium heat. Add asparagus and use tongs to stir thoroughly to coat all the stalks evenly with oil.
  • Place a lid over top of the pan cook for about 3 to 4 minutes. Remove lid and set aside. Cook for another 5 to 6 minutes, stirring often to cook all sides evenly. Remove from pan and place on serving dish.
  • Whisk hot butter, lime zest, and lime juice together in a small bowl. Pour over asparagus. Toss to coat evenly.
  • Sprinkle with red pepper flakes and salt.
  • Serve with a big old asparagus loving smile!


You can add the butter, lime zest, and lime juice in the pan at the end of the cooking time if desired. Personally I like it added later for this particular recipe but if you want to add it to the pan that's acceptable.
I like my asparagus fairly soft. Adjust cooking time depending on how you like yours cooked and also according to how thick your stalks are.