Lemon and Sesame Asparagus recipe

Preparation Time: 10 minutes | Cooking Time: 10 minutes

In this simple recipe, asparagus spears are simmered until tender, then served with a butter, lemon, parsley and sesame sauce. Serve alongside roasted meats, or serve as it is with some sliced prosciutto for an elegant starter.


  • 500g asparagus spears
  • 75g butter
  • 3 tbsp. sesame seeds
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp. finely chopped parsley
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Snap the woody ends off of the asparagus spears. Place the asparagus tips into a pot of salted water, bring to the boil, reduce to a simmer and cook for 5-7 minutes or until tender. Drain and dry on kitchen paper.

  2. Meanwhile, melt the butter. Once foamy, add the sesame seeds and toast for 1 minute. Stir in the lemon juice, parsley and some salt and pepper to taste. To serve, drizzle the cooked asparagus with the buttery sauce.

Omit the sesame seeds if desired and use pine nuts instead for a Mediterranean twist on this dish. Recipe serves 4.

Recipe Details:

  • Author: Laura Young.
  • Published:

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