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asparagus almondine on platter

Asparagus Almondine Recipe

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 203kcal
This delicious vegetable side dish is so quick and easy to make and so tasty! Made with a few simple ingredients, this asparagus almondine is perfect to serve all year round.
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  • 2 bunches asparagus medium thickness, woody ends trimmed
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ½ cup sliced almonds
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon leaves
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Flaky sea salt for serving


  • Steam the asparagus spears over 1-2 inches of water, about 2 minutes, or until the spears have softened but still snap. Transfer to a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking and then to paper towels to pat dry.
  • In a large skillet set over medium-low heat, melt the butter. Stir in the almonds and shake the pan, about 2-3 minutes, or until the butter is dark gold and has a nutty aroma. The almonds should not be darker than pale gold.
  • Add the asparagus to the skillet and cover. Shake the pan so the butter coats the asparagus. Cook, shaking the pan continuously, about 2-4 minutes, or until the almonds and butter darken in color one shade to a light brown and the asparagus is cooked to desired tenderness. If the asparagus or almonds are darkening too quickly, reduce the heat to low.
  • Sprinkle the asparagus with lemon juice, parsley, tarragon, chives and pepper and shake the pan until evenly distributed.
  • Display the asparagus on a small platter and spoon the butter, herbs and almonds over the top. Sprinkle with freshly ground black pepper and flake sea salt. Serve immediately.


  • Use fresh asparagus that is firm to the touch.
  • Remove the woody ends of the asparagus before you steam them.
  • Take care not to overcook the asparagus when you steam them, they should still be firm as you will continue to cook them in the skillet.
  • Use fresh herbs and lemon juice for the most vibrant flavors.


Calories: 203kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 107mg | Potassium: 422mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1555IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 84mg | Iron: 4mg