Asparagus with Bacon Recipe - Delicious and Nutritious Meal

Asparagus with Bacon

Asparagus with Bacon Recipe - Delicious and Nutritious Meal
Preparation time: 10 minutes | Cooking time: 10 minutes | Servings: 4


Asparagus with Bacon
Asparagus with Bacon

Asparagus with Bacon is a delightful dish that combines the earthy flavors of fresh asparagus with the smoky richness of bacon. This recipe is perfect for those who appreciate the simplicity of ingredients and the harmony of flavors that emerge when they are cooked together. Ideal for a side dish or a light meal, this recipe is not only delicious but also visually appealing, making it a great addition to any dining table.


The combination of asparagus and bacon has been a culinary favorite for many years. Asparagus, a spring vegetable, has been appreciated since ancient times for its unique flavor and nutritional benefits. Bacon, on the other hand, adds a depth of flavor that complements the asparagus perfectly. This recipe is a modern take on traditional methods of pairing vegetables with cured meats to enhance their taste and appeal.


How to prepare

  1. Place a steamer basket in a saucepan or skillet with 0.5 inches of water (water should not touch the bottom of the basket).
  2. Place the lower stalk pieces in the basket.
  3. Cover tightly and heat until boiling, then reduce the heat.
  4. Steam for 4 minutes.
  5. Add the tips.
  6. Cover tightly and steam for an additional 4 to 5 minutes, or until crisp-tender.
  7. Toss the asparagus with parsley, lemon juice, and salt.
  8. Sprinkle with bacon.

Microwave directions

  1. Place the asparagus, 0.5 cup of water, and 0.25 tsp of salt in a 1.5 qt (1.42 liter) microwavable casserole.
  2. Cover tightly and microwave on high (100% power) for 3 minutes, adjusting the time if using a very powerful microwave (my microwave is an older one, in fact 20 years). Stir.
  3. Cover and microwave until crisp-tender, for an additional 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Let it stand for 1 minute, then drain.
  5. Continue as directed.


  • For a vegetarian version, substitute bacon with sun-dried tomatoes or smoked tofu. Adding a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese or a drizzle of balsamic glaze can also enhance the flavor.


  1. ↑ 2 packages (10 oz (283 g)) frozen cut asparagus can be substitued for the fresh asparagus. Cook the asparagus as directed on package; drain.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

To ensure the best results, select asparagus spears that are firm and bright green with tightly closed tips. Thicker spears are ideal for this recipe as they hold up well against the heat without becoming too soft. When cooking the bacon, aim for a balance between crispy and chewy to add texture to the dish. Steaming the asparagus preserves its nutrients and color, making it a healthy and vibrant addition to your meal.

Serving Suggestions

This dish can be served as a side with grilled chicken, fish, or steak. It also pairs well with a light salad for a complete meal.

Cooking Techniques

Steaming and microwaving are the primary cooking techniques used in this recipe. Both methods preserve the nutrients and natural flavors of the asparagus while ensuring it remains crisp-tender.

Ingredient Substitutions

If fresh parsley is not available, dried parsley can be used as a substitute. Similarly, turkey bacon or pancetta can replace traditional bacon for a different flavor profile.

Make Ahead Tips

The asparagus can be steamed ahead of time and refrigerated. Before serving, simply reheat in a skillet and add the bacon and other seasonings.

Presentation Ideas

Serve the asparagus and bacon on a platter, garnished with lemon wedges and a sprinkle of freshly cracked black pepper for an elegant presentation.

Pairing Recommendations

A light, crisp white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or a dry Rosé complements the flavors of this dish beautifully.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat gently in a skillet or microwave before serving.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

A serving of Asparagus with Bacon contains approximately 120 calories, making it a light yet satisfying option for a meal or side dish.


This dish is relatively low in carbohydrates, making it a suitable option for those following a low-carb diet. Asparagus itself is a low-carb vegetable, with a serving of this recipe containing approximately 5 grams of carbohydrates.


The primary source of fat in this recipe comes from the bacon. Depending on the type of bacon used and its preparation method, the fat content can vary. On average, a serving of this dish may contain about 10 grams of fat, most of which is unsaturated fat from the bacon.


Asparagus with Bacon is a good source of protein, primarily from the bacon. Each serving provides approximately 7 grams of protein, contributing to muscle growth and repair.

Vitamins and minerals

Asparagus is rich in vitamins A, C, E, and K, as well as folate and iron. These nutrients support immune function, skin health, and blood clotting. The addition of lemon juice not only enhances flavor but also increases the vitamin C content of the dish.


This recipe is free from common allergens such as nuts, dairy, and gluten. However, those with sensitivities to pork should exercise caution due to the bacon.


Overall, Asparagus with Bacon is a nutritious dish that provides a good balance of vitamins, minerals, and macronutrients. It is low in carbohydrates and calories, making it an excellent choice for those monitoring their intake.


Asparagus with Bacon is a versatile and flavorful dish that combines the best of spring vegetables with the richness of bacon. With its simple ingredients and easy preparation, it is sure to become a favorite in your recipe collection.

How did I get this recipe?

The moment I found this recipe is one that will always stay with me. It was a beautiful spring afternoon, the sun was shining, and the birds were chirping. I was browsing through a local farmer's market, looking for fresh ingredients to inspire my next culinary creation.

As I wandered through the stalls, I came across a vendor selling the most vibrant, fresh asparagus I had ever seen. The bright green spears called out to me, begging to be taken home and turned into something delicious. I couldn't resist, so I purchased a bundle and continued my journey through the market.

As I made my way to the next stall, I overheard a group of women chatting about recipes and sharing cooking tips. One woman in particular caught my attention. She was an older lady with a twinkle in her eye and a mischievous grin. I couldn't help but eavesdrop as she regaled the others with tales of her culinary adventures.

One recipe she mentioned in passing was for asparagus with bacon. My ears perked up at the mention of this delectable combination. I had never thought to pair asparagus with bacon before, but the idea intrigued me. I needed to know more.

I mustered up the courage to approach the woman and ask her about the recipe. She was more than happy to oblige and shared the details with me. It was a simple yet flavorful dish that involved roasting the asparagus with crispy bacon and a touch of olive oil. My mouth watered just thinking about it.

I thanked the woman profusely for sharing her recipe and made a mental note to try it out as soon as possible. I couldn't wait to get home and start cooking.

That evening, I gathered my ingredients and got to work in the kitchen. I washed and trimmed the asparagus, chopped up the bacon into small pieces, and drizzled everything with a generous amount of olive oil. I popped the tray into the oven and waited impatiently for the magic to happen.

As the asparagus roasted, the aroma of sizzling bacon filled the air. It was intoxicating. I couldn't resist sneaking a few bites straight from the tray before the dish was even finished. The combination of the earthy asparagus with the salty, crispy bacon was a match made in heaven.

When the dish was finally ready, I plated it up and took a bite. The flavors exploded in my mouth, each bite more delicious than the last. I knew I had stumbled upon something special.

From that day on, asparagus with bacon became a staple in my culinary repertoire. I made it for family gatherings, dinner parties, and quiet nights at home. Each time, it was met with rave reviews and requests for the recipe.

I shared the recipe with friends and family, passing on the delicious tradition to the next generation. It became a cherished part of our family's culinary history, a dish that would always remind us of springtime and the joy of simple, delicious food.

As I look back on that fateful day at the farmer's market, I can't help but smile. It was a chance encounter that changed the course of my culinary journey and brought a new and exciting recipe into my life. Asparagus with bacon will always hold a special place in my heart, a reminder of the power of food to bring people together and create lasting memories.


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