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Lemon Asparagus

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


  • 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


  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 43 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 43mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.

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  • PrplMonky5
    Sep 12, 2017

    Easy, yummy. I cut the recipe in half for just my husband and I. I also steamed the asparagus, since I think that gives it a better texture. Because I cut it in half it then called for 1/2 - 1 tsp of lemon juice. I did about 3/4 tsp. Next time I will bump it up to the 1 tsp. Make sure you add the salt... We felt the salt brought out the lemon flavor more. I'll definitely make this again!Update: This time instead of adding salt, I just used salted butter. That was enough salt for us. The 1 tsp of lemon juice (for half of the recipe) was good. Still a great recipe!

  • cbenne12
    Jul 4, 2015

    Great side dish, especially on a summer cookout.

  • TNbluffbaker
    Mar 4, 2014

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

  • xlsalbums
    Feb 17, 2013

    No comment left

  • pkjillian
    Nov 28, 2012

    great side in very little time!

  • hbaseley
    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!

  • Delenn's Grandma
    Mar 21, 2012

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

  • munchydog
    Jul 1, 2010

    ok, now I really like Asparagus will keep using this recipe it was great!

  • ksalemme
    Apr 11, 2010

    We made this to go with our ham for Easter dinner. The flavors marry perfectly, allowing the fresh asparagus taste to come through, rather than overwhelming it as so many recipes do. Everyone, even those who did not usually care for asparagus, loved this one. It will make a great veggie dish for BBQ also.