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Balsamic Brown Butter Asparagus

Roasted asparagus is topped with a balsamic brown butter sauce for a delicious taste of spring. 

Balsamic Brown Butter Asparagus

Mother Nature is one sly fox. Last weekend we Minnesotans luxuriated in 60 degree weather. We slowly cracked our front doors and were dumbfounded to find we could go outside without Gore-Tex and down-filled jackets. We reintroduced ourselves to our neighbors. We walked around all day with stupid, smirky smiles on our faces and felt invincible. But tomorrow? We’re going to be hit with another winter storm and 6 inches of snow.

I’m SO over winter, but until Mother Nature agrees to release her grip, I can only dream of the spoils of spring. Fortunately the weather is more springlike in other parts of the country, and and they generously fill my grocery store with little hints of what’s to come, like freshly picked asparagus. 

Do you find asparagus to be a polarizing vegetable? I know it’s not up there with brussels sprouts, but I still think people either love it or hate it. Me? I fall in the love category, and I enjoy finding new ways to cook with it. This Balsamic Brown Butter Asparagus is quick and simple (think a handful of ingredients) and yet still supercharged with flavor. The brown butter, soy sauce and balsamic vinegar give the asparagus a richness that you don’t usually find with a lot of asparagus recipes. Super yummy!

Note to all those lucky enough to live in a state where spring has already arrived: Thanks for the asparagus. Now will you please FedEx me some sunshine?  

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Balsamic Brown Butter Asparagus
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Serves: 4
  • 1¼ pounds asparagus, trimmed
  • Cooking spray
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place asparagus on a large baking sheet and spray spears with cooking spray. Sprinkle with desired amount of salt and pepper. Roast in oven for 20-25 minutes, depending on the thickness of your asparagus. You want them tender but not shriveled. Remove from oven and set aside.
  3. Add butter to a small skillet and cook over medium heat for 4-5 minutes, stirring the butter or shaking the pan occasionally. (If you're using a stainless steel skillet, you'll see the color start to change to an amber color.) Immediately remove from heat and stir in the soy sauce and balsamic vinegar. Pour over asparagus and toss to coat. Serve warm.


  1. So happy to have asparagus back in season….now if the spring weather could join that would be perfect :) Love this asparagus-brown butter combo so much!
    Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen recently posted…Kitchen Tips: How to Make Aioli (in 3 Minutes!)My Profile

    • I love all spring produce but especially asparagus!

  2. This asparagus looks perfect! That addition of brown butter is sending it over the edge for me…delicious!
    Nutmeg Nanny recently posted…{20 Minute} Kalamata Olive, Tomato and Caper PastaMy Profile

    • Thanks, Brandy. How can you go wrong with brown butter??

  3. I LOVE asparagus…and brown butter…and balsamic so this is perfect!
    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness recently posted…Pineapple Coconut Smoothies {Gluten + Dairy Free + Super Simple}My Profile

    • It’s a tasty combo, Taylor!

  4. One of my favorite things about spring is asparagus! I definitely need to try this version.
    Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor recently posted…Lemon Tea CookiesMy Profile

    • I hope you enjoy it as much as we do, Ashley!

  5. LOVE asparagus and it’s definitely the right time of the year to enjoy it. Great recipe!
    kristy @ the wicked noodle recently posted…mexican quinoa casseroleMy Profile

    • I agree, Kristy; spring and asparagus go hand in hand.

  6. I’m with you – totally over winter. Can’t wait for the temperature to finally agree with the calendar … and to finally be able to enjoy some spring produce!
    Cate O’Malley recently posted…Visit: The Mansions of Hyde Park, New York {Vanderbilt & Roosevelt}My Profile

  7. I love asparagus…LOVE! This dish looks beautiful. I feel guilty for living in San Diego, wish I could send you some warm sun.
    Liz@Virtually Homemade recently posted…Hydrating Strawberry Lemonade {Jamba Juice Copy Cat}My Profile

    • No guilt, please. Just an open door when I come visit!

  8. Your asparagus looks absolutely devine! I have a difficult time eating asparagus, but this recipe looks like a game changer. Yum!
    Dawn Lopez recently posted…Quick Shrimp Dinner Ideas #SamsClubSeafoodMy Profile

    • Hope it does the trick, Dawn!

  9. Great idea with the sweet balsamic addition!
    Julie recently posted…Strawberry Jam Whipped CreamMy Profile

  10. I love asparagus and am so looking forward to spring flavors!
    Tonia recently posted…Cadbury Mini Eggs Layer CakeMy Profile

  11. Mmmm, this sounds like a perfect spring side dish to any dinner! I will have to add it to my dinner menu! :) I would definitely fed ex you some sunshine if I could!

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