Sugared Asparagus Recipe – another way to use a spring favorite

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Discovered in a folder full of my late Mom’s recipes, this is Sugared Asparagus Recipe is a different way to serve a tasty spring delight.


  • 3 tbs. butter
  • 2 tbs. brown sugar
  • 2 lbs. fresh asparagus spears trimmed to fit skillet or saute pan you will use. If stems are thick, be sure to peel them to remove the woody portion.
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest
  • 1 cup of chicken broth


  1. In skillet, melt the butter over medium heat and add in the brown sugar stirring till it dissolves.
  2. Add the asparagus spears and saute over medium heat for about 3 minutes (a little longer for thicker stems).
  3. Add the chicken broth and lemon zest.
  4. Bring to a boil: then reduce heat and simmer, covered for 8 – 10 minutes, or until the asparagus spears are crisp-tender. (Don’t overcook or they get mushy.)
  5. Remove asparagus to a warm serving dish and keep warm.
  6. Cook the sauce until reduced by half.
  7. Pour the sauce over asparagus and serve.