Lemon Asparagus Recipe
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Lemon Asparagus Recipe

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Clarice Scheeringa of Ripon, California shares this dressed-up asparagus. "I live in the heart of asparagus country, so I'm always on the look out for new ways to serve it," she explains. "Lemon and a touch of tarragon make it a quick elegant side dish."
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 10 min.
MAKES:4-6 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 10 min.
MAKES: 4-6 servings


  • 1 pound fresh asparagus, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • Pinch dried tarragon
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (3/4 cup) equals 43 calories, 4 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 10 mg cholesterol, 43 mg sodium, 2 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein.


  1. Place asparagus and water in a 1-1/2-qt. microwave-safe bowl. Cover and microwave on high for 4-5 minutes or until crisp-tender; drain. Add butter, lemon juice and tarragon; toss to coat. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Yield: 4-6 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Originally published as Lemon Asparagus in Quick Cooking March/April 1998, p47

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Reviewed Jul. 4, 2015

"Great side dish, especially on a summer cookout."

Reviewed Mar. 4, 2014

"A fast, easy and tasty way to fix asparagus. I don't use the tarragon, but the asparagus is still delicious!"

Reviewed Nov. 28, 2012

"great side in very little time!"

Reviewed Mar. 30, 2012

"I'm not a huge asparagus fan, and only have a few recipes for it that I really like. This is one of them. Even the Asparagus lovers raved!"

Reviewed Mar. 21, 2012

"My family loved asparagus this way. In fact, they even asked for seconds and that was a first."

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