Sesame Mushrooms & Asparagus is a delicious vegetable side dish with a hint of lemon and sesame oil that adds awesome flavor. This simple asparagus recipe only has 7 ingredients and can be sautéed or grilled.
If you are looking for the best asparagus recipe, look no further! This easy asparagus recipe comes together in just a few minutes, and will disappear off of the plate even faster; even my pickiest eaters love this recipe!!
This recipe is made right on the stovetop, so no need to warm up the oven or use any special equipment.
Ingredients for Sesame Asparagus
Here is what you will need:
- 1 pound asparagus: I aim for thin stalks since they cook faster
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 tablespoons butter: I use salted butter for this side dish
- 1 1/2 tablespoon sesame seeds
- 1 cup sliced mushrooms: add more if you’d like!
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
How to make Sesame Asparagus
Remove the woody end of the asparagus spears by bending the asparagus and slicing the end where it bends. I usually cut one asparagus spear and then line up all of the others and slice the at the same length.
Once you have removed the woody end, slice the asparagus into thirds.
Place the sliced asparagus in a large saute pan over medium high heat. Add in 1/4 cup of water and allow to cook, stirring occasionally until the asparagus is tender-crisp, about 2-3 minutes. The asparagus will turn a darker green and have a slight crunch to it when bitten.
Remove the asparagus from the pan and allow the water to evaporate or drain from the pan.
Add in the butter and sesame seeds. Toast the sesame seeds in the pan, stirring frequently for about 2 minutes, until they begin to brown.
Add the mushrooms to the pan with the sesame seeds and continue to cook and stir until the mushrooms are golden and tender.
Place the cooked asparagus back into the pan with the mushrooms and toss to mix.
Pour on the lemon juice and sesame oil, toss to coat all of the vegetables. Serve immediately while still warm.
How to store leftover asparagus
If you have any of this leftover, store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To reheat, place in the microwave and heat for 1 minute. If it does not heat up in that time, continue to cook in 30 second increments until heated through.
How to buy asparagus
When picking out asparagus for this recipe look for stalks that are thin and equal in size. Check the tips of the asparagus to make sure it is not dried out at the grocery store. You want the tips to be tender and not break off easily.
How to store fresh asparagus
When you bring your asparagus home from the grocery store, you need to keep the ends moistened. This can be done by wrapping the cut ends in a wet paper towel and placing the fridge. Another option that I like to do is to place the cut ends in a bowl or mason jar filled with a little bit of water for them to stand in.
This will help keep your asparagus fresh and the tips nice and tender.
How to store fresh mushrooms
Mushrooms need to be kept dry, so I store them in the fridge in a small paper bag. I don’t clip it closed either, I just fold the top a few times. Even if you store mushrooms a bit too long this way, they’re still edible as they’ll just be wrinkly and need water to rehydrate them.
Sesame Mushrooms & Asparagus
- 1 pound asparagus
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 1/2 tbsp sesame seeds
- 1 cup mushrooms, sliced
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- Cut off the woody ends of the asparagus and slice diagonal into thirds.
- Place asparagus and water into a large saute pan over medium high heat. Cook and stir 2-3 minutes, until asparagus is tender-crisp.
- Remove the asparagus from the pan to a clean plate
- Add butter and sesame seeds to pan and toast for 2 minutes stirring constantly until browned.
- Add in the mushrooms and cook for an additional 3 minutes, until mushrooms are golden and tender.
- Place the asparagus back into the pan with the mushrooms and sesame seeds. Pour on the lemon juice and sesame oil and toss to coat. Serve warm.
Looking for more side dish recipes, check out these great ideas:
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- Creamy Baked Asparagus
- Chile Lime Smoked Chicken Wings
- Southern Potato Salad
- Roasted Ranch Potatoes
- Easy Cucumber Tomato Salad
- Orange Creamsicle Fruit Dip
- Baked Potatoes With Broccoli and Cheese
- Homemade Cornbread
- Coconut Rice
- Mexican Chicken Lettuce Wraps
- Cranberry Jello Salad
- Instant Pot Refried Beans
- Loaded Baked Potato Rounds
- Baked Beans with Bacon
With just 7 ingredients you can make this delicious vegetable side dish at home. This simple Sesame Asparagus recipe is packed with flavor and you’re going to love it! Sesame Mushrooms & Asparagus is a delicious vegetable side dish with a hint of lemon and sesame oil that adds awesome flavor. This simple asparagus recipe only has 7 ingredients and can be sautéed or grilled.