Asparagus with Gremolata

I look forward to asparagus season all year. But, after a while, roasting or grilling up some spears with a little olive oil and salt and pepper can get a bit tired. That’s why I like this recipe so much. It still keeps it simple, both in terms of taste and preparation, but adds an interesting twist.

If you’d like, you can also sprinkle a little parmesan on the asparagus along with the parsley.

Asparagus with Gremolata.


  • 2 Pounds asparagus, trimmed
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 Teaspoons finely-grated lemon zest
  • 1 Clove garlic, minced
  • 3 Tablespoons freshly-squeezed lemon juice
  • Coarse salt and freshly-ground pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Blanch asparagus for 2-3 minutes until crisp-tender. Drain spears, rinse in cold water, and drain another time.
2. In a large, heavy skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Stir in lemon zest and minced garlic, and stir constantly for about 30 seconds. Place asparagus in the skillet and continue cooking, tossing with the butter-garlic-lemon zest to coat well. Cook for about 3 minutes, until the spears have fully cooked through. Remove from heat, season with salt and pepper to taste, and transfer to serving dish. Season with chopped parsley just before serving.

Recipe Adapted From: Bon Appetit.


Janice Thompson
Janice Thompson3 years ago

Gremolata is a combination of simple ingredients. Why can't that be made clear?

Heidi Aubrey
Heidi Aubrey3 years ago

Looks very tasty! Thank you for the post Katie.

Camilla Vaga
Camilla V3 years ago


R Wheeler
R Wheeler3 years ago

Sounds delicious. It's now on tonight's dinner menu. Thanks!

Melanie Simon
Melanie Simon3 years ago

yum delicious sounding, asparagus isn't in season here and now I'm hanging out for some...with gremolata.

Nancy Gizuk
Nancy Gizuk3 years ago

Well now... You had me at asparagus. ☺

Dale O.

I had to come over for another look at this marvellous and delicious photo. Dreaming of more asparagus, it is Spring, in this weather one can start foraging for the wild asparagus as well as growing their own.

Mary T.
Mary T3 years ago

thanks for sharing...time to get some asparagus

Jessica K.
Jessica K3 years ago

Never heard of gremolata until today. Good info. Thanks.

ERIKA S3 years ago

thank you for sharing