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Sautéed Asparagus and Mushrooms

by Sophie

Sautéed asparagus and mushrooms is an incredibly easy dish that takes just a few minutes and a few basic pantry ingredients. Asparagus is an excellent and healthy vegetable that can be prepared conveniently for a fast weeknight supper side.

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My kids love asparagus, so I make sure to cook these often and in the easiest possible way whenever I can. This quick sautéed asparagus and mushrooms is a practical and super-easy recipe.

How to Pick Asparagus?

Size:

I always pick asparagus that are about the size of a pencil. Bigger ones are more fibrous, old and most of the time require to be peeled. Remember that tender ones are sweeter than the thick, old ones. That’s because as the spears have an extra woody texture, they lose the flavor a lot. Next time when you buy asparagus keep this in mind.

Color:

Light, tender green is the right color to look for while picking asparagus spears. If you see a little purple tinge or shade around the edges, it’s a sign that the spears are fresh.

Texture:

Clean, bright and firm – always pick asparagus that are firm. Limp looking ones are not fresh and would‘t taste good after cooking. Also, check the tips. Those with tighter tips are fresh and you definitely want to buy those.

How to store asparagus for a longer period of time?

Do not wash the asparagus prior to putting it in the refrigerator. Preferably, put them in a Ziplock bag to keep them fresh. You can also keep the lower-stems damp as it may help retaining the freshness of the asparagus.

How to prepare asparagus for cooking?

Preparing Asparagus for cooking requires a bit of work, but it is easy to do. Find the line on the spear where the color changes to white at the bottom and just snap from there. After you snap off the white and fibrous ends, just break the spears into small pieces or cut them to the size you want.

Alternatively, you can slice the bottoms off of the spears and then dice them length-wise or just the way you want.

If your asparagus has extremely thick skin, you may need to peel that skin off before using them in cooking. That’s the major reason why I shop for smaller asparagus instead of those big, fat ones.

How to clean and prep mushrooms?

You may find tons of choices to clean mushrooms and each of them is actually good. But I simply, wash my mushrooms, pat them dry and peel them before using in cooking. Peeling is not necessary, but I always prefer to do it.  Sometimes when I am in a hurry and don’t really want the peeling, I just wash them, pat dry and slice.

Another way to clean mushrooms is by using a damp paper towel. Just wipe the mushrooms and brush the dust off before slicing and using in cooking. Always trim the bottom of the stem and discard it. If you see any pink or green colored stem, just discard the entire stalk. Bigger mushrooms like Portobello have black-looking gills underneath their caps. You can just use a spoon to clear those before washing and slicing.

Never soak mushrooms and they tend to turn very black while cooking. Also, pick fresh mushrooms that look dry, tight and fresh.

Are mushrooms healthy?

Believe it or not, these little fungi are healthy. Mushrooms are highly nutritious, offer tons of B vitamins in particular and help improving heart health. You can find more about health benefits of mushrooms here.

Are Mushrooms a Superfood?

Mushrooms are fungi not plants. Hence, these do not contain any plant-based nutrients but offer vitamins and minerals. Considering the health benefits of mushrooms, certain varieties are considered superfood.

What are the benefits of eating asparagus?

Asparagus is a great source of plant-based vitamins and minerals, and is a good source of copper and fibers. It aids in collagen formation and iron absorption, and hence can be considered as a healthy, low-carb vegetable.

Is Sautéed Mushroom and Asparagus Keto?

Yes, my sautéed mushrooms and asparagus is a keto recipe. It is low in carb, high in fiber and is a good source of plant-based proteins. 

How to Make Sautéed Asparagus and Mushrooms?

Ingredients for Asparagus-mushroom sauté:

  • 1 bundle of asparagus, trimmed, peeled and halved
  • 8 oz. shiitake or button mushrooms halved/sliced
  • 1 tbsp. avocado oil
  • 2 garlic cloves sliced or diced
  • 1 tbsp. lime juice 
  • Seasoning – dried oregano+dried basil+Red chili flakes
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions to Make Sautéed asparagus and mushrooms:

  • Heat your 10-inch Mealthy Stainless steel pan and add the avocado oil.
  • If using aquafaba, add two tbsps now.
  • Once, the avocado oil is hot, add garlic and allow a few seconds to infuse the garlic in the oil.
  • Now add asparagus to the same pan and stir fry on medium-high for about 4-8 minutes until mushroom and asparagus are tender.
  • Once cooked, both veggies – mushrooms and asparagus will change colors. While mushrooms will have a light brown color with liquids dried, asparagus will become dark green and tender but yet with a bite. 
  • Season with salt, pepper, and the seasoning mix, and give a good toss. 
  • Squeeze in fresh lime and give a good mix.
  • Serve hot as a side or as a main.
  • Enjoy!

How to make sautéed asparagus and mushrooms in the instant pot?

how to make in sauteed asparagus and mushrooms instant pot
  • Wash and prep all veggies.
  • Trim the asparagus and slice or dice the mushrooms.
  • Put the IP into a sauté mode, and add oil or aquafaba if oil-free. Add garlic and allow it to infuse.
  • Now add mushrooms and asparagus. Add two tablespoons of vegan broth and close the lid. 
  • The pressure will build and as soon as you see the raised pressure pin, put the valve in the sealed position, switch the sauté mode off.
  • Set the pot to pressure cook in low pressure for 1 minute. 
  • After a minute, let it stand for a minute or two minutes and quick release pressure.
  • Now open the lid. It’s okay if you see a lot of liquid inside the pot.
  • Bring the pot to sauté mode again and allow the veggies and mushrooms to brown while the liquid dries out. 
  • Season, mix and add lime juice.
  • Serve and enjoy. 
Sauteeing mushrooms and asparagus image

Sautéed asparagus and mushrooms

Sautéed asparagus and mushrooms is an incredibly easy dish that takes just a few minutes and basic
pantry ingredients. Asparagus is an excellent and healthy vegetable that can be prepared conveniently for a fast weeknight supper side.
5 from 15 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy sides, instant pot, keto recipes, keto sides, Sautéed asparagus, Sautéed asparagus and mushrooms
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 68kcal
Author: Sophie
Cost: $6

Equipment

  • Stainless Steel Frying Pan
  • Instant pot

Ingredients

  • 1 bundle of asparagus, trimmed, peeled and halved
  • 1/2-1 cup shiitake or button mushrooms halved/sliced
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil of 2 tbsp aquafaba
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tsp Seasoning – oregano+Basil+Red chili flakes
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Prep Ingredients
  • Wash, peel and cut asparagus or just break them into small pieces. {Refer to the video}
    how to pick asparagus
  • Wash, wipe, peel and slice or dice mushrooms.
  • Chop or slice two cloves of garlic.
    sliced mushrooms for saute

Saute

  •  Heat your 10-inch Mealthy Stainless steel pan and add the avocado oil. If using aquafaba, add two tbsps now.
  • Once, the avocado oil is hot, add garlics and allow few seconds to infuse the garlic in the oil.
  • Now add asparagus to the same pan and stir fry on medium high for about 4-8 minutes until mushroom and asparagus are tender.
  • Once cooked, both veggies – mushrooms and asparagus will change colors. While mushrooms will have light brown color with liquids dried, asparagus will become dark green and tender but yet with a bite.
    Sauteed asparagus and mushrooms
  • Season with salt, pepper, and the seasoning mix  and give a good toss. 
  • Squeeze in fresh lime and give a good mix.
    sauteed asparagus and mushrooms
  • Serve hot as a side or as a main.
  • Enjoy!

Instant Pot Method

  • Wash and prep all veggies.
  • Trim the asparagus and slice or dice the mushrooms.
  • Put the IP into a sauté mode, and add oil or aquafaba if oil-free. Add garlic and allow it to infuse.
  • Now add mushrooms and asparagus. Add 2 tablespoons of water or vegan broth and close the lid.
  • The pressure will build with the water released from the veggies, and as soon as you see the raised pressure pin, move the vent to the sealed position, and switch the sauté mode off.
  • Set the pot to pressure cook in low pressure for 1 minute. 
  • After a minute, let it stand for another minute or two minutes (depending on the amount of veggies) and quick release pressure.
  • Now open the lid. It’s okay if you see a lot of liquid inside the pot.
  • Bring the pot to sauté mode again and allow the veggies and mushrooms to brown while the liquid dries out. 
  • Season, mix and add lime juice.
  • Serve and enjoy. 

Video

Notes

  • Adding a tbsp of butter multifolds the flavor of the sauteed mushrooms and asparagus.
  • Fresh herbs add a freshness to this side dish. Chopped basil works really well with this recipe.

Nutrition

Calories: 68kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 6g | Sodium: 300mg | Fiber: 4g

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15 comments

Gloria | Homemade & Yummy September 2, 2019 - 1:07 pm

5 stars
This is the perfect side dish. Love the combination of asparagus and mushrooms. Two of my favourite things.

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Elaine Benoit September 3, 2019 - 9:12 am

5 stars
I love asparagus and mushrooms together! There isn’t a better side dish, in my opinion! I have never heard of the pan your using. I’ll have to check them out.

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Danielle September 3, 2019 - 9:29 am

5 stars
I am amazed with how little tiime this recipe takes. Although I do have to admit that mushroom-asparagus combo is amazing! Really keen to make it as a side next time I make dinner.

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Kelly Anthony September 4, 2019 - 1:04 pm

5 stars
What a great side dish for any meal. Everyone loves asparagus and mushrooms together so this recipe is sure to be loved by everyone.

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Sarah | Wandercooks September 4, 2019 - 8:15 pm

5 stars
Yum, mushrooms and asparagus are one of my favourite combinations.

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Cookilicious September 4, 2019 - 9:13 pm

5 stars
OMG I am loving this recipe for the simplicity and the flavors!

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Leslie September 7, 2019 - 9:55 am

5 stars
I love asparagus! This looks like the perfect amount of flavor for a side dish! YUM!

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Veena Azmanov September 7, 2019 - 10:47 am

5 stars
Never tried this combination ever. Your recipe needs a try this weekend hopefully.

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Jenni LeBaron September 7, 2019 - 11:00 am

5 stars
This sautees asparagus and mushrooms recipe looks absolutely scrumptious! I also really appreciate your advice for how to choose asparagus. I never thought about the size in relation to it’s age and woodiness before. Great tip!

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Rebecca Blackwell September 7, 2019 - 12:26 pm

5 stars
Asparagus and mushrooms are my favorites, so when I saw this recipe, I knew I needed to try it. I made this last night to go with pork steaks. My husband and I had friends over for dinner and, even though I made a ton, we ate it all. Great recipe!

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Amanda September 8, 2019 - 8:45 pm

5 stars
This is my new favorite side dish! I love the heartiness the mushrooms add. Thanks so much for sharing!

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Jo September 9, 2019 - 4:14 am

5 stars
This is perfect side dish. So easy to make. Mushrooms and asparagus is definitely one of the finest combination and a perfect side dish for any meal.

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Amy September 9, 2019 - 5:47 am

5 stars
This recipe looks so fresh and delicious! I love the veggie combo and know it’s something my family would enjoy! I’ll be adding this to my menu this week!

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Nicoletta De Angelis Nardelli September 9, 2019 - 7:24 am

5 stars
When asparagus is in season this is a perfectly easy, tasty side dish! Like you, I like to buy the thin stems, less fibrous, plus cook in less time. That stainless steel pan is amazing. Would love to add it to our pan collection!

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Alisha Rodrigues September 9, 2019 - 4:39 pm

5 stars
Asparagus and mushrooms are one of the best combinations I’ve come across. Love the fact that you’ve kept it simple

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