Creamy Asparagus (stovetop)

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Creamy Asparagus is a quick stovetop recipe and the perfect side dish to serve with any of your favorite entrees.

Chopped asparagus in a velvety cream sauce, flavored with parmesan cheese and a pop of red pepper is a recipe for pure comfort.

A serving dish of creamy asparagus topped with parmesan cheese.

This delicious side dish is easy to make and has a flavor similar to an alfredo pasta.

It is a nice companion for baked chicken breastspork loin, or served next to a lemon pepper shrimp. Creamy asparagus will become the star of the meal!

How to Prepare Asparagus

The distinct flavor and silky texture of fresh asparagus are unlocked with proper prepping. Stalks can be quite tough and woody, almost inedible toward the cut end.

  • Hold each stalk in the middle and at the bottom. Gently bend the stalk and the woody bottom will naturally snap off. Discard the bottom.
  • Cut the remaining stalk into 1.5″ pieces.

Two images showing the homemade sauce being made with the sautéed asparagus.

How to Make Creamy Asparagus

The rest of the process is as easy as 1, 2, 3 and made right on the stovetop! Just like a chicken alfredo, this dish is rich and delicious!

  1. Cook the asparagus with garlic.
  2. Add cream and simmer until asparagus is tender crisp.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in the parmesan and remaining ingredients.

Creamy asparagus being prepared in a frying pan.

Other Ways to Serve Asparagus

The great thing about this recipe is that the creamy, cheesy sauce could be adapted for lots of other veggies, especially broccoli, cauliflower or Brussels sprouts.

Alternatively, you can turn it into a creamy asparagus with chicken using leftover chicken (and even pasta) but you might like to double up on the sauce. A tasty way to stretch and transform those leftovers from the night before!

A close up of creamy asparagus topped with parmesan cheese in a serving dish.


Creamy asparagus can be stored tightly covered in the fridge for up to four days. This recipe is not a good candidate for the freezer. Reheat in the microwave or in a pan on the stove top.

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Creamy Asparagus

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Chopped asparagus in a velvety cream sauce is a recipe for pure comfort.


  • 1 lb asparagus trimmed and cut into 1.5" pieces
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons parmesan cheese grated
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • salt & pepper to taste

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  • Cook asparagus in olive oil over medium-high heat in a 10" skillet for 4 minutes (6 minutes if your asparagus is very thick).
  • Add garlic and cook just until fragrant. Stir in heavy cream and simmer on medium-low until asparagus is tender-crisp.
  • Remove from heat and stir in parmesan cheese and red chili flakes. Taste and season with salt* and pepper.
  • Serve warm.

Recipe Notes

*season with salt at the very end to taste as the parmesan cheese is salty!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 101, Carbohydrates: 5g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 22mg, Sodium: 40mg, Potassium: 240mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 1128IU, Vitamin C: 7mg, Calcium: 59mg, Iron: 2mg
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Top image - a serving of creamy asparagus. Bottom image - asparagus being cooked in a cream sauce.
Creamy asparagus in a serving dish topped with parmesan.
Creamy asparagus being prepared in a frying pan.

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