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Sauteed Asparagus with Bacon, Lemon and Parmesan Cheese is bursting with freshness, and it’s the perfect side dish for spring!

When I was growing up, we hardly ever had asparagus, but when we did, it came straight from the can. Not to offend anyone, but this totally made me gag. It was mushy, chewy and very difficult to swallow, at least for me!

So when my husband suggested trying some asparagus one day, I fought it hard. But he very skillfully persuaded me to try the hated veggie by insisting that fresh asparagus was completely different from canned. And I’m so glad I gave in, because I absolutely loved it! And what’s more, the kids loved it too! 

I don’t recall exactly how we first began cooking asparagus, but this is how I make it now. Mainly, I just sautee it in some olive oil, and top it with lemon, cooked bacon and Parmesan cheese.


To keep it simple, I plan ahead and use leftover bacon for extra flavor. And to ensure that this recipe is budget friendly, I also buy shredded Parm at the store.


How to Make Sauteed Asparagus with Bacon, Lemon and Parmesan Cheese

5 from 3 votes

Sauteed Asparagus with Bacon, Lemon and Parmesan

By: Dee
Fresh asparagus sauteed with bacon, lemon and Parmesan cheese
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 5


  • 1 bunch of fresh asparagus
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 lemon wedge
  • Dash of grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 strips of crumbled cooked bacon
  • Sea salt and ground pepper to taste
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  • Wash the asparagus well under cold water, and pat dry.
  • Trim the ends at the part where the stalks naturally bend ( I saw this on TV, and it really does help to keep from eating the tough ends.)
  • Heat the butter and olive oil on medium heat in a skillet, and add the asparagus.
  • Cook for about 6 to 10 minutes or until just tender. You can cook it longer, but we prefer it on the crunchy side. Right before the asparagus is done, warm the cooked bacon in the skillet.
  • Sprinkle with the sea salt, pepper, lemon juice and Parmesan cheese, and enjoy!


Calories: 47kcal, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 6mg, Sodium: 32mg, Vitamin A: 95IU, Vitamin C: 2.1mg, Iron: 0.1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: side
Cuisine: American
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 It’s that easy. And best of all, it’s crisp and flavorful. And definitely not soggy!

Someday, I want to try asparagus wrapped in bacon, but in the meantime, this is an easier way to get the flavor without turning on the oven. My kids can be picky, but even the little guy likes this recipe, and the other kids enjoy it too, for the most part!

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  1. Betsy Barnhouse says:

    Made this for dinner tonight to go with Pork Tenderloin and rice. It was delicious and my 16 y/o son loved it!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Thank you so much, Betsy. Glad you enjoyed it!

  2. Rosalina Villarruel says:

    Huge fan of this recipe. It definitely makes asparagus go down easier 🙂5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Thanks! It’s one of our favorite ways to cook asparagus. 🙂

  3. Jude F says:

    This looks great. I live in WA state. We grow a lot of asparagus here, and with the incredibly warm weather we've had this year, I predict cutting will begin earlier than usual. As soon as I see local asp. in the stores, I'm trying this recipe! Judy

  4. Blondie's Journal says:

    This looks outstanding!!! We have asparagus at least once a week…we love it and it's a Superfood! 🙂 I am going to try this soon. Tonight I made roasted asparagus with chopped hard boiled eggs sprinkled over. Hubby LOVED it! It's so versatile!

    Love your blog! 🙂

    Jane x

  5. Dee M says:

    Thanks so much for pinning, Brenley! 🙂

  6. Dee M says:

    Thanks so much, Deb — super easy too! 🙂

  7. Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow says:

    This looks wonderful ! YUM 🙂