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Skillet asparagus with bacon with tongs

Skillet Asparagus with Bacon

Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 14 mins


  • 1 bunch fresh asparagus tough stem bottoms removed
  • 4 slices low-sodium bacon cut into 1/4-inch ribbons
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 1 large garlic diced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  • Place one rack in the top third of the oven and pre-heat oven to 400° F.
  • In a cast iron skillet, over medium heat, lightly brown the bacon, rendering a good amount of the fat.
  • Do not brown the bacon too much or it may overcook when the skillet is transferred to the oven.
  • Turn off the burner.
  • Using a large spoon, tilt the skillet and remove a large amount of the bacon fat.
  • Add the asparagus stalks to the bacon, season with salt and pepper, and toss the asparagus to coat in the little remaining bacon grease.
  • Melt the butter in the microwave or in a small sauce pan.
  • Add the onion and garlic to the melted butter and mix well.
  • Spoon the buttered onion and garlic over the asparagus to cover, but do not stir it in.
  • Transfer the skillet to the oven and cook the asparagus for 6-8 minutes or to desired tenderness.
  • Turn on the broiler for 2-3 minutes to obtain some good roasting color.
  • Remove from the oven and serve warm.