10 Recipes to Use Up a Bunch of Asparagus

When asparagus is abundant and fresh, all you want to do is cook tons of it. We have your recipes here!

Photography Credit: Sara Bir

It feels right to eat asparagus in springtime. While it’s much easier now to find good asparagus year-round than it was five years ago (thanks to an increase in imported asparagus), the vegetable is still best in spring – particularly if you can find domestically grown (or locally grown) spears.

Now that you know how to buy and store asparagus and how to prep asparagus, it’s time to start cooking! Here are 10 of our favorite asparagus recipes.


This simple, blanched asparagus is the perfect side dish. So incredibly simple, and it goes well with nearly everything. I have polished off entire platefuls for lunch and will gladly do so again.

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Creamy Asparagus Soup

If you have asparagus that’s getting a little over the hill, use it up this way! It’s all pureed, so shriveled spears won’t be a problem.

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Ham and Asparagus Strata

This hearty casserole is suitable for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Think of it as a savory bread pudding. And you can assemble it up to a day ahead!

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Pasta with Chicken and Asparagus

A satisfying midweek meal. Cook the asparagus directly in the pasta water to streamline prep. Use penne to echo the shape of the asparagus segments.

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Sheet Pan Salmon with Asparagus and New Potatoes

A sheet pan supper that’s satisfying and healthy. Ten minutes of prep, pop it in the oven, and dinner’s on the way.

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Asparagus Frittata

Eggs and asparagus were made for each other! And think beyond brunch. Sometimes I use leftover frittata as a sandwich filling.

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Spring Minestrone

Transition into a new season with an alluring, greens-packed soup. If you like, omit the artichokes and use an entire pound of asparagus.

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Seared Scallops with Asparagus Sauce

So pretty and so fancy, but not as much work as you’d think. Make this elegant dinner to impress someone you care about.

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Skillet Shrimp Asparagus

Everything comes together quickly in this one-pan meal. Potatoes add some heft but keep it gluten-free.

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How to roast potatoes with asparagus

It’s a veggie side, it’s a starch…and, with a few hard-boiled eggs, it’s a fabulous lunch the next day, too.

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Sara Bir

Sara Bir a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America and the author of two cookbooks: The Fruit Forager’s Companion and Tasting Ohio. Past gigs include leading chocolate factory tours, slinging street cart sausages, and writing pop music criticism. Sara skates with her local roller derby team as Carrion the Librarian.

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  1. Larry

    love asparagus regardless, but for me just blanched, with butter and little salt is tops
    Famous Quote by Babe Ruth…so how did u like the asparagus, Babe? Never eat it; it makes my pee smell! No joke… u can look it up!

  2. Patricia Kelly-Karp

    Asparagus is one of my favorite vegetables! Thank you for sharing these recipes – I cannot wait to try them. The only problem I have is figuring out which one to try first as they all sound delicious!
    Thanks again!

  3. E McMillan

    What great recipes ! I don’t know which to try first .I’ll get to them all………..look delicious.