Asparagus is a vegetable that pairs with so many foods and is always packed with vital nutrients. However it can be difficult to get ahold of all year round in some parts of the world, and when bought fresh often become unusable after a few days.
This is why using canned asparagus is a great option—you can easily stock up your pantry with them and take them out as and when you need them.
But what about the perfect recipes to use canned asparagus in? If you’re wondering about this, then you’ve come to the right place!
In this article, we’re going to take you through 28 of the best canned asparagus recipes from around the web!
One note before we begin—some of these will tell you to use fresh asparagus, but keep in mind that you can always swap this out for the canned version without much of a difference. Let’s get right into it!
28 Best Canned Asparagus Recipes
1. Simple Asparagus Spears
We’re going to start off with as simple as you can get. This recipe features nothing but asparagus spears, olive oil, parmesan cheesy, and a tiny bit of lemon zest. This works perfectly for a side dish or as part of a larger meal.
2. Simple Roasted Asparagus
This is another way to make your asparagus that is simple and delicious. Make sure to set your oven to a low temperature, and ensure your canned asparagus is properly drained before placing it on the tray.
Don’t skip out on the garlic here—it makes all the difference!
3. Smoked Ham Hock And Barley Risotto
This is a great way to add your canned asparagus to a more elaborate meal. The combination of ham hock and barley risotto gives you a nutritious, light meal that will comfort you after a hard day of work.
4. Grilled Asparagus Wrapped In Mozzarella And Prosciutto
This is a perfect starter item for a 3-course meal. It’s simple, easy to make, and perfectly combines meat and vegetables into a series of delicious bites.
This might not be the main course, but it’s perfect to whet your appetite—especially when entertaining guests.
5. Ham, Egg, And Asparagus Tart
This is another amazing recipe perfect for a spring afternoon. You might not think of tarts as something that can contain asparagus, but if you follow the steps here carefully you’ll create something unique and delicious.
It will take a little bit of time to get the pastry right, but providing you take some care you’ll have a comforting family dish!
6. Smoked Ham And Asparagus Tart
Another tart here, like the one before, is perfect to bring with you on a picnic. It’s very easy to make once you have the basic skills down and takes a total of one hour to make.
It’s a much larger tart than the one before and can serve four people, but you can always tamper with the recipe to make it larger or smaller.
7. Mini Egg, Ham, And Asparagus Tarts
For the last tart recipe on our list, this is a simpler and lighter version that works perfectly as a midday snack.
With a thin pastry base, small eggs in the center, and a tiny peppering of ham, you’re going to want more than one—so make sure you make at least five or six in a batch!
8. Asparagus Fried Rice
Next up we have a simple fried rice, which uses asparagus as one of its main vegetables.
Anyone who’s experimented with making perfect fried rice will tell you that you’ll need to make sure to use cold-cooked rice, as this stops if from sticking to the pan and gives you the perfect texture.
Although it’s quick to make, it might take a while to get it right so keep practicing!
9. Spring Fried Rice With Asparagus And Peas
This is another simple fried rice recipe that is topped with an egg for additional protein. This is a totally vegetarian recipe so a great choice for a quick, meat-free lunch!
10. Rice With Asparagus And Mushroom
Our recipe here is a quick and easy side dish that you can make in a matter of minutes. It uses rice, mushrooms, asparagus spears, and two kinds of cheese for garnish.
This is a comforting dish to make if you need a little boost in the middle of your day or after work.
11. Asparagus Frittata
Do you like frittatas? If you do then check out this quick recipe from Jamie Oliver, which uses a drizzle of hot sauce to give you an extra kick!
12. Asparagus And Tomato Frittata Slices
If you like the pairing of tomato and asparagus then this might be the frittata recipe for you! It has a total cook time of 40 minutes and lets you slice it up and share it around—we’d recommend this for an easy starter or a gorgeous breakfast.
13. Asparagus Soup
You can do a lot of different things with canned asparagus, and one of those is soup! Even though this might take a bit of time to make, you can always make a large batch and reheat it as and when you need it.
14. Creamy Asparagus Soup With A Poached Egg
For our second Jamie Oliver Recipe, we have a very easy recipe that works great for a quick lunch. Poached eggs can be difficult to make, but we’d recommend this if you’re looking for the perfect protein pairing.
15. Creamy Asparagus Soup
This is our last asparagus soup recipe, and it’s one that is much heartier than the ones before it. It uses cream, stock, onion, and asparagus as its base.
You have to make sure not to skip the thyme and vermouth for seasoning, as they really give it the extra flavor it needs!
16. Asparagus Carbonara
Although asparagus is not an ingredient traditionally used in carbonara, many variations choose it as an added vegetable and we think it pairs well!
This is another quick dish that you can make in a matter of minutes—especially with canned asparagus.
17. Bacon Asparagus Carbonara
For the second of our two asparagus carbonara recipes, we have one that makes heavy use of crispy bacon. The addition of ¼ of a cup of white wine really creates a rich flavor very reminiscent of traditional Italian cooking.
18. Baked Salmon In Foil With Asparagus And Lemon Garlic Butter Sauce
If you want something you can place in the oven and come back to, this is a great choice! By placing the salmon beside the asparagus spears as it cooks, you’ll help the two share flavors.
Make sure to use all of the herbs and spices recommended here to create the perfect blend of flavors.
19. One-Pan Salmon With Roast Asparagus
This recipe from the BBC is another example of how well asparagus pairs with salmon. It’s another very simple recipe that you can make in an hour, with only 20 minutes of prep time. The fresher the salmon the better!
20. One-Pan Lemon Garlic Salmon And Asparagus
We wanted to include a lazy recipe that you can make in a matter of minutes. It has a few delicate flavors and a short list of ingredients. It’s a perfect opportunity for you to use up some of your canned asparagus.
21. Roasted Salmon With Lentils And Asparagus
This is another simple asparagus and salmon recipe that includes lentils and eggs for extra protein. Lentils can be difficult to prepare correctly, but they’ll become the perfect bed to lay your salmon and asparagus on top of.
22. Crab And Shaved Asparagus Salad
Crab and asparagus pair amazingly well with one another. Check out this great recipe that is perfect for somebody on a simple, low-carb diet.
23. Asparagus And Steak
Another meat that pairs well with asparagus is steak! The difficulty in this recipe lies in cooking your steak to perfection—but other than that it’s extraordinarily simple!
24. Pan-Fried Garlic Butter Steak With Asparagus
If you want a more elaborate steak recipe, try out this one! It uses garlic butter to create an incredible but simple meal, perfect for date nights!
25. Steak And Asparagus Stir-fry
You might not think asparagus fits in a stir-fry, but this recipe proves that it can work! It uses jasmine rice and is extremely quick to make!
26. Grilled Asparagus Steak Bundles
Another wrapped asparagus recipe here, that uses a lot of flavors to create a perfect appetizer! We’d recommend this one if you’re looking for something delicate and artisan.
27. Steak With Roasted Asparagus And Pears
For our final steak recipe, we have the addition of pears that pair (pardon the pun) with the mushrooms and asparagus side items. This is a Michelin-star-Esque recipe that will be perfect for a classy dinner.
28. Butter-Fried Asparagus
To finish, we have a butter-fried asparagus recipe that can transform your canned spears into something different! It’s a great choice if you want to really experiment and do something unique!
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Canned Asparagus Good?
There is a small quality difference between canned asparagus and fresh spears. Both are fine to use in a variety of different dishes, and you’ll find that canned asparagus keeps remarkably well over long periods of time.
What Herbs Pair With Asparagus?
The best herbs to pair asparagus with are basil, dill, thyme, oregano, and rosemary.
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