Pan Roasted Asparagus with Thyme

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These Pan Roasted Asparagus are an easy asparagus side dish recipe flavored with fresh thyme.

Pan Roasted Asparagus on a serving plate with fresh thyme

When you buy asparagus at the store, do you take them home and prepare them the same way every single time?  That’s me.  I steam them in my steamer basket.  And I serve them with mayonnaise.  That’s how my Mom always made them when I was growing up, and that’s how my family enjoys them now.  But sometimes it’s fun to change things up and make them a different way!

olive oil, butter and fresh thyme in a skillet

Pan Roasted Asparagus:

Pan frying is an easy way to make asparagus.  In this recipe, you’ll heat up a little bit of olive oil and butter.  And then you’ll add in some sprigs of fresh thyme for flavor.  As the pan heats up, the thyme will impart its flavor into the oil and butter.

Pan Roasted Asparagus with fresh thyme

Then you’ll place the asparagus in a single layer in the pan and let them cook in the thyme-infused oil and butter.  Give them a few turns, and then they’ll be perfectly pan roasted and delicious for serving as a side dish!

Pan Roasted Asparagus on a serving plate

Here are a few more recipes for asparagus you might enjoy:

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Pan Roasted Asparagus with Thyme

Fresh asparagus made simple!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 117kcal
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword asparagus, pan roasted asparagus


  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 5 large fresh thyme sprigs
  • 1 1/4 pounds slender asparagus spears, trimmed
  • sea salt or kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  • Heat the oil with the butter and thyme sprigs in a heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the asparagus in a single layer; using tongs, toss to coat. Saute, turning often, until crisp-tender and beginning to brown in spots, about 8 minutes. If you have too many asparagus, you may need to do this in two batches.
  • Sprinkle with salt and pepper, and serve.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 117kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 28mg | Potassium: 286mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1218IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 3mg
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