Spicy Asparagus Spears Recipe
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Spicy Asparagus Spears Recipe

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This no-fuss dish gets its zippy taste from Cajun seasoning and crushed red pepper flakes. Even those who don't like asparagus will enjoy these buttery spears.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • Crushed red pepper flakes to taste
  • 1-3/4 pounds fresh asparagus, trimmed

Nutritional Facts

1/4 pound: 26 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 7mg cholesterol, 210mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 vegetable.


  1. In a large skillet, melt butter. Stir in the onion powder, seasoned salt, Cajun seasoning and red pepper flakes. Add asparagus spears, stir gently to coat. Cover and cook 5-7 minutes or until crisp-tender, stirring occasionally. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Spicy Asparagus Spears in Quick Cooking January/February 2005, p31

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annrms User ID: 2649709 263892
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2017

"This is an easy and delicious recipe. I made a few modifications. I cut the recipe in half. I cut the thick asparagus on the bias into segments. I used 1 teaspoon vegetable oil and 1 teaspoon butter. I cooked them just until tender crisp. Definitely a keeper!"

AshantiTay User ID: 7208779 60076
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2013

"Omg this dish is so delish! I never entirely liked asparagus because I guess I had never had it cooked a way for me to enjoy it. I plan on making this within the next few days with chicken breast and rice!"

katlaydee3 User ID: 3741999 60075
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2013

"This recipe had nice flavor but unfortunately I overcooked it because I was waiting for my sister who was late. I will make it again and cook for about 5 mins."

galinthewoods User ID: 3317961 153538
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2011

"This is definitely a good asparagus recipe. Normally, my family and I don't even imagine enjoying asparagus without a dollop of mayonaise on the side but all of us happily finished our portions before any of us noticed that we had not reached for the mayo jar, even though it was handy. In our house, that is a VERY high compliment for an asparagus recipe."

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