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Sunday, April 28, 2013

[Asparagus with Balsamic Butter Sauce] Outstanding Side Dish with Minimum Effort

Asparagus is a wonderful accompaniment for any fish.  Well, actually asparagus add a nice addition to any meal. And this asparagus dish is a real treat for asparagus lovers. For balsamic  vinegar lovers like me, too. :) 

Asparagus will be ready with no sweat and you will enjoy the dish till the last shoot.

I served this asparagus with salmon last time.
(You can see Roasted Salmon with Greek Yogurt Sauce recipe here)

Here goes the recipe for a great Asparagus with butter and balsamic vinegar. (I call it BB(balsamic butter) sauce :))
(adapted from

1 bunch fresh asparagus
1/2 - 1 teaspoon oil (olive oil or vegetable oil) 
salt and pepper
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

2. Trim the ends of the asparagus shoots.

3. Arrange the asparagus on a baking plate. 

4. Coat with oil , and season with salt and pepper.
5. Bake asparagus 12-14 minutes in the preheated oven, or until tender.

6. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. 

7. Remove from heat, and stir in soy sauce and balsamic vinegar. 

8. Pour the balsamic butter sauce over the baked asparagus, and serve with main dish.

Asparagus with Balsamic Butter Sauce


  1. Ñam, do you think this sauce will go well with other veggies, such as green beans? Asparagus is almost non existent here in Nicaragua.

    1. Hi Carolina,
      yes, this sauce actually goes very well with green beans. Green beans would be great substitutes for asparagus.
      It's easy and delicious. Enjoy!

  2. Thank you, Colleen. I love this recipy. Butter made the rich flavour on this asparagus dish. I did't know asparagus good match butter. yum~~.
    I am looking forward to a next posting.

    1. Hi Namhee,
      Actually, asparagus and butter are made for each other :)
      My next posting is on its way :)

  3. Hi Colleen,
    thank you for your easy and tasty recipe!
    I first found your recipies right after I moved to US and all of them are very useful for me even now. It is really glad to meet your blog again :)
    Hope you have a wonderful day!

    1. Hi Minjung,
      I'm glad that my recipes could be useful.
      I'm trying my best to make my life easier and tastier. :) Hope it continues like this.
      Have a nice evening.

  4. Hello!
    Many thanks for the simply simlple recipe!
    I've tried the souce out with seasonal asparagus at home. Hearty indeed, I should say.
    Austrian green asparagus went fantastically well with the charmingly deep black souce. ;)
    Hope you have lovely weekend up there!