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Of all the vegetables that start to fill the markets come spring, asparagus is one of our favorites. The tender, crisp stalks are one of the first to arrive on spring produce baskets. Asparagus is also one of the most versatile ingredients—you can enjoy it raw in a chopped salad, tossed with pasta, or pureed in a sauce. They are also one of favorites to blend into refreshing spring soup recipes. We’ve rounded up our favorite asparagus recipes here.

White Asparagus

WHITE ASPARAGUS
White Asparagus Matt Taylor-Gross

Unlike its green-skinned counterpart, white asparagus has a tough, bitter peel that must be removed before cooking. The following is the classic way of preparing the treasured vegetable in Germany (though simple steaming is also popular). Get the recipe for White Asparagus »

Springy Pad Thai with Green Garlic, Asparagus, and Peas

Springy Pad Thai with Green Garlic, Asparagus, and Peas
Springy Pad Thai with Green Garlic, Asparagus, and Peas Matt Taylor-Gross

Green garlic, asparagus, and peas brighten this classic Thai street dish with springtime flavors. Out of season, you can substitute scallions for the green garlic. Get the recipe for Springy Pad Thai with Green Garlic, Asparagus, and Peas »

Roasted Asparagus with Tahini Ranch

Roasted Asparagus with Tahini Ranch
Roasted Asparagus with Tahini Ranch Kat Craddock

Asparagus is cooked on a preheated baking sheet in the oven until tender yet toothsome, then served with a tahini-yogurt sauce packed with fresh herbs for dipping. Get the recipe for Roasted Asparagus with Tahini Ranch »

Barigoule of Spring Vegetables

Barigoule of Spring Vegetables
Barigoule of Spring Vegetables Romulo Yanes

Crisp spring vegetables pair with a flavorful, vanilla-scented broth in this Provençal classic. Get the recipe for Barigoule of Spring Vegetables »

Scrambled Eggs With Asparagus and Crab

Scrambled Eggs With Asparagus and Crab
Scrambled Eggs With Asparagus and Crab Matt Taylor-Gross

Michel Roux’s trick to perfect scrambled eggs is cooking them slowly, and adding asparagus and crab for flavor and textural contrast. Get the recipe for Scrambled Eggs With Asparagus and Crab »

Charred Asparagus and Egg Salad

Charred Asparagus and Egg Salad
Charred Asparagus and Egg Salad Farideh Sadeghin

Super easy and fresh, this is a perfect dish for spring, but also translates well to outdoor cooking in the summer. Get the recipe for Charred Asparagus and Egg Salad »

Skillet Asparagus

Skillet Asparagus
Skillet Asparagus Helen Rosner

Cooking asparagus in the skillet concentrates its flavor rather than diluting it, as steaming or boiling can. Get the recipe for Skillet Asparagus »

Roasted Morel-Rubbed Chicken with Charred Lemon, Asparagus, and Potatoes

Roasted Morel-Rubbed Chicken with Charred Lemon, Asparagus, and Potatoes
Roasted Morel-Rubbed Chicken with Charred Lemon, Asparagus, and Potatoes Joseph De Leo

In this recipe, dried morels are pulverized and rubbed onto the chicken before roasting to perfume the bird and help produce evenly browned skin. Get the recipe for Roasted Morel-Rubbed Chicken with Charred Lemon, Asparagus, and Potatoes »

Chilled Macadamia Gazpacho with Cured Asparagus

Chilled Macadamia Gazpacho with Cured Asparagus
Chilled Macadamia Gazpacho with Cured Asparagus Romulo Yanes

Sweet macadamia nuts, toasted to deepen their flavor, give a creamy base to this creative chilled gazpacho with asparagus. Get the recipe for Chilled Macadamia Gazpacho with Cured Asparagus »

Stir-Fried Asparagus

Stir-Fried Asparagus
Stir-Fried Asparagus Kat Craddock

A hot skillet and a little oil are all you to bring out the flavor of spring asparagus. Get the recipe for Stir-Fried Asparagus »

Morel and Asparagus Spaghetti

Morel and Asparagus Spaghetti
Morel and Asparagus Spaghetti Yossy Arefi

In this bright spring pasta dish of morels, asparagus, and cream, dried morels are rehydrated in boiling water that is then used to cook spaghetti, infusing the pasta with an earthy, mushroomy flavor. Get the recipe for Morel and Asparagus Spaghetti »

Pasta Primavera

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Pasta Primavera Matt Taylor-Gross

Sirio Maccioni, the well-known restaurateur of Le Cirque fame, has been acknowledged for creating this dish. Get the recipe for Pasta Primavera »

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