Asparagus with olive oil, lemon and parmesan – The Italian way!

Asparagus with olive oil, lemon and parmesan – The Italian way!

By 16/05/2017

Asparagus are in season now in the UK.  In Northern Italy they are available during late March/ beginning of April and as soon as they come in season Italians make the most of them. People love them so much that there are dedicated asparagus festivals too.

Growing up in Italy we used to have them almost every day when they were in season. My mum still has a proper asparagus steamer but you don't need one to cook them, an ordinary steamer will do just as well. Steaming is better than boiling them to avoid losing all the lovely nutrients in vegetables.

After steaming I usually just dress them with lemon juice, a pinch of salt and olive oil: very simple but very tasty indeed. Asparagus are a delicate vegetable and the dressing should just enhance their beautiful flavour.

You can also shave some parmesan on top for extra taste and serve them with hard boiled eggs. The perfect match.

If you like asparagus check out my recipe for grilled asparagus too.

  • Prep Time : 8 minutes
  • Cook Time : 5 minutes
  • Yield : 2


Trim the woody asparagus ends, wash them under the tap and put them in the steamer.

Cook them for 5 to 6 minutes, depending on the thickness of the stalks, or until tender if prickled with a fork.

steaming asparagus

Lay them on your serving dish, sprinkle them with salt, a grind of pepper, squeeze the lemon juice and drizzle with olive oil.

Finally scatter the parmesan shavings (you can use a potato peeler to shave the parmesan) on the asparagus and serve.

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19 Responses to Asparagus with olive oil, lemon and parmesan – The Italian way!

  1. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    Very fresh, tender and delicious! I love the simplicity of this seasonal dish, Alida.

    • Alida

      Thank you Angie. This is the classic Italian way to enjoy asparagus.

    • Alida

      Qui da noi arrivano piu’ tardi ma sono buonissimi.

  2. Gisella

    Ohhh, never tried these with Parmesan with asparagus before. Sounds delicious.

    Thanks for the recipe!

    • Alida

      You are very welcome, parmesan just gives a kick to asparagus.

  3. Balvinder

    I have always made asparagus with olive oil, garlic and lemon. Will also add parmesan from now on! It really sounds delicious!

    • Alida

      Add eggs to it and it is just my perfect meal!

  4. elisabetta

    I love asparagus so much I end up having them every week (imports from other countries ensures year-round supply). With eggs, in risotti, with pasta, served as in your recipe, they are always delicious.

    • Alida

      You are a real asparagus conneisseur then! You are right you can add them to almost any dish!

  5. speedy70

    SEmplicemente deliziosi questi asparagi!!!

  6. Alma Vorrei

    My favorite way to enjoy asparagus! Extremely simple to prepare, and of course, healthful.

    • Alida

      Thanks Alma

  7. Chiara

    semplice ma di certo deliziosa, mi piace !

    • Alida

      Io ne approfitto adesso degli asparagi. Arrivano un’po piu’ tardi qui.

    • Alida

      Thanks Abbe!

    • Alida

      I am buying them at ” an alarming rate” now! Almost daily.. love them so much.

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