Sautéed Asparagus and Peas

5 stars based on 4 votes

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There’s an old adage that says “what grows together goes together.” In other words, if it grows in the same season and region, it will taste great together. Just think of tomatoes and basil, strawberries and rhubarb, bananas and coconut or, in this case, peas and asparagus. (Hooray, Spring!)

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We usually don’t think to combine vegetables in a side dish but it dresses them up and makes them so much more interesting. Take buttered peas for instance; delicious as they are, they’re a little boring to serve on their own (other than perhaps to children) but the addition of asparagus, cut into pretty bite-sized spears, transforms them into a company-worthy dish.

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And while there’s certainly nothing wrong with simple asparagus — I love it roasted or grilled — sweet peas, delicate shallots and a touch of honey take it to a whole new level.

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It’s a simple dish to make. Begin by melting a few tablespoons of butter in a medium saucepan.

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Add the shallots and cook for a few minutes until soft and translucent.

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Add the asparagus and cook for about five minutes, or until al dente.

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Toss in the peas and cook until just heated through.

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Add honey and season to taste.

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That’s all there is to it. Enjoy and Happy Spring!

 

Sautéed Asparagus and Peas

Servings: 4
Total Time: 15 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup minced shallots
  • 1 bunch thin asparagus spears, ends trimmed, cut into 1-1/2-inch pieces on a diagonal
  • 1 cup thawed frozen peas
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon honey

Instructions

  1. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the shallots and cook, stirring frequently, until soft and translucent, 4-5 minutes.
  2. Add the asparagus, ¼ teaspoon salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Continue cooking over medium-low heat, stirring frequently so the shallots don't burn, for about 5 minutes or until tender-crisp. Add the peas and honey and cook about one minute more until the peas are warmed through. Add more salt and pepper to taste (I usually add about 1/8 teaspoon more salt and a few twists of pepper) and serve.

Reviews & Comments

  • Dear Jenn,

    We haven’t even finished dinner and I just had to tell you how much I love this as a side-dish! Even my partner, who dislikes asparagus in most forms, said “Wow” when he gave it a taste. I served it with plain brown rice, seasoned salmon and sweet potato fries and it was very complementary! I might have used a little more honey than you called for. :)

    Thanks for another GREAT recipe! Your blog is my go-to. I use your search engine all the time.

    Jenn

    - Jenn on July 27, 2014 Reply
    • Sounds like a wonderful dinner, Jenn. So glad you’re enjoying the site!

      - Jenn on July 28, 2014 Reply
  • You give us the option to print your recipes but you remove the pictures of your dishes. Maybe could you give us the OPTION to either print your recipes with the pictures?

    - Shalori on July 15, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    YUMMMM! Two of my favorites together…added a sprinkling of crispy bacon bites to it! It was FABULOUS!!!

    - Kris Smith on July 10, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    So simple, I love this over rice!

    - Mictian on July 4, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    The peas and asparagus are perfect with a touch of honey! A perfect addition to a Spring holiday meal!

    - Cathy on July 2, 2014 Reply
  • 4 stars

    Really enjoyed thus recipe! The combination of the peas and asparagus are a great match. Add the honey and yummy!

    - Marsha skyer on June 8, 2014 Reply
  • Simple yet so delicious!!!!

    - Asia on May 21, 2014 Reply
  • I had a friend over for dinner last night. I made this and the parmesan smashed potatoes to go w some bbq ribs. Both were absolutely delicious! My friend raved. Thanks so much for the love and care you put into your blog and recipes, Jenn. It’s much appreciated. Everything I’ve tried has been outstanding. I’ve recommended about your blog to many friends. This is now the first place I come before I cook. Yum!!.

    - michelle on April 27, 2014 Reply
    • So nice to hear, Michelle! Glad you are enjoying the recipes :)

      - Jenn on April 27, 2014 Reply
  • Made this to go with a salmon filet, and garlic herb couscous….oh my! it was absolutely delicious! I left out the honey, as I feel that peas are pretty sweet on their own. Will definitely make this a frequent addition to our meals during asparagus season.

    - Teresa on April 22, 2014 Reply
  • DELICIOUS! I nervous to add the honey but I trusted the recipe and surprisingly…. It works! Super easy and fast!

    - Tiffany K. on April 15, 2014 Reply
  • This is one of the simplest and best veggie recipes I’ve ever tried. The flavors are so fresh and good. This recipe is a definite keeper! Thank you!

    - Karen on April 11, 2014 Reply
  • This is simply delicious and goes with many things.

    - Jane Palmer on March 11, 2013 Reply
  • This also looks awesome. Hopefully my 3 year old will eat it ;)

    - Tamar on June 25, 2012 Reply
  • I made this several times while asparagus has been in season locally and it is truly wonderful! Thank you!

    - Carissa on May 22, 2012 Reply
  • This is now my go-to recipe for a rich, vegetable side dish. Love it!

    - Michelle on May 18, 2012 Reply
  • Delicious!

    - Cathy on May 17, 2012 Reply
  • I have made this recipe multiple times. Twice without the asparagus. Love, love it!!

    - Megan McGarty on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • Love the blend of flavors and the mixture of peas and asparagus…..innovative mix and delicious. Also, healthy which always makes it a great choice. It’ impressed our dinner guests!

    - debbie on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • Yum Yum eat them peas and asparagus up, the touch of honey I find very interesting! Thank you so very much for sharing. Can’t wait to make it.

    - Adele Forbes on February 26, 2012 Reply
  • I love green dishes, they are pure health!

    - Martha on May 13, 2011 Reply
  • Two vegetables that I disliked in childhood and have yet to outgrow the dislike for…unfortunately, I am sure…

    - Mathew on May 7, 2011 Reply
  • So easy, so delicious. Thank you!

    - karen Tannenbaum on May 6, 2011 Reply
  • Making this immediately. I searched asparagus, found this, and I’m ready to go!!

    - Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum on May 5, 2011 Reply
  • Oh, Jenn! You’ve done it again! I made this amazingly simple dish for Easter dinner and my entire family raved. My mom even bragged about it at another dinner she attended and it’s been requested at our next visit.

    - Natalie on April 27, 2011 Reply
  • I made this for Easter too and it was so easy and soooo good. Thanks for all the wonderful recipes!

    - Carol on April 26, 2011 Reply
  • We had this for Easter and it was absolutely fantastic. I’m so happy to have this recipe just when I’m picking a bunch of asparagus from my garden everyday. It will definately be a spring time staple.

    - Chrissy on April 26, 2011 Reply
  • YEAH for spring!!! This scream spring!

    - leslie on April 23, 2011 Reply
  • I tagged you in the Easter Menu game. If you have time it’s fun! Like reading your blog too!

    - Linda Walbridge on April 22, 2011 Reply

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