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Asparagus with Sesame

This recipe turns a super spring vegetable into a more special one. It's nice to treat myself to a 'fancy' side dish with very little work.—Violet Beard, Marshall, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 10 min.
  • Makes
    1 serving


  • 6 fresh asparagus spears, trimmed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, optional
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon sesame seeds, toasted


  • Place asparagus in a skillet; sprinkle with salt if desired. Add 1/2 in. of water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer until crisp-tender, about 4 minutes. Meanwhile, melt butter; add lemon juice and sesame seeds. Drain asparagus; drizzle with the butter mixture.
Nutrition Facts
6 each: 71 calories, 5g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 47mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1 fat.

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  • slmacbeth
    Apr 24, 2018

    I thought mine was a bit overcooked, kind of stringy and unpleasant. I would probably simmer for less time if I were to try it again.

  • Mrs.EBDarcy
    Apr 20, 2010

    I love this recipe! It went over very well with my husband whose fav veggie is asparagus. I cut the butter in half and added a little bit of toasted sesame seed oil.

  • sh8400
    Apr 30, 2009

    I have never had asparagus that was truly crisp-tender like this recipe was. I followed the cooking directions exactly (which was incredibly easy) and they came out perfect. I used a 1-lb bundle of asparagus with only adding an extra teaspoon of butter and keeping all other ingredients exactly the same. It was an extremely easy and great tasting side dish. Thanks Violet for sharing.