This simple dish is fast to make and perfect for spring.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in prosciutto and cook until crisp, about 3-4 minutes.

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  • Place asparagus in the skillet, and toss gently until coated with oil.

  • Pour in water and cover with lid; cook for 1 minute.

  • Remove lid, stir in garlic and cook for 1 minute with lid on.

  • Remove lid and cook uncovered until the spears are still crisp but tender, about 2-3 minutes.

  • Season with salt and pepper to taste. Squeeze lemon juice over the top.

Nutrition Facts

142 calories; protein 5.6g; carbohydrates 7.6g; fat 11.5g; cholesterol 12.5mg; sodium 278.2mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (15)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
05/05/2012
This is one of the best asparagus recipes I have ever used, and I LOVE asparagus. The only change I made was to add garlic into the oil with the prosciutto, and then again with the asparagus. I also used some leftover chicken stock I had around instead of the water. YUM Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
04/05/2013
Asparagus flavor lost in too much oil. Read More
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27 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 19
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
05/05/2012
This is one of the best asparagus recipes I have ever used, and I LOVE asparagus. The only change I made was to add garlic into the oil with the prosciutto, and then again with the asparagus. I also used some leftover chicken stock I had around instead of the water. YUM Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/15/2012
Delicious! The best asparagus I've ever had. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/13/2015
Was looking for a recipe to use up some leftover Easter ham and a pound of fresh asparagus but wasn't in the mood for something creamy. This filled the bill! I increased the amount of ham to 8 oz and cut the asparagus into 1 - 1 1/2 inch pieces. Added a bit of chopped red sweet pepper for color. By increasing the amount of ham this became our entree which I served alongside homemade rice pilaf. Excellent! Hubby especially liked the added touch of freshly squeezed lemon. Thank you. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/04/2013
So easy to cook and delicious! Ham asparagus and lemon plus garlic... It's just perfect combination! You do not need to change a thing about this recipe. Guaranteed. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/15/2014
This was absolutely scrumptious. The lemon really brought out the flavor of the asparagus. The texture was perfect crisp but cooked. I used pancetta because I had some left over from another recipe. The result was perfection! Another superb Chef John recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/03/2015
Occasionally you come across a combination of flavors that is simply heaven. It may be out of season for asparagus but the store had these lovely thin stalks that were so sweet and tender I just couldn't resist. Luckily I had a chunk of left over ham in the freezer that I chunked up. I also sauteed some red and yellow bell peppers to the first step and those were a wonderful addition. I followed the directions to the letter and the result was perfectly cooked vegetables that were perfectly infused with the smokey ham garlic and lemon. I slurped up the entire thing for dinner. It may be simple but this is one of the best things I've made in a long time. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
04/05/2013
Asparagus flavor lost in too much oil. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/14/2017
this is now a family favorite! I often top with fresh grated Parmesan cheese and serve! fast easy a refreshing change and goes with any meal! I've even served it in a salad! totally yummy! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/17/2013
I loved the flavor the lemon gave it at the end. The ham didn't really seem necessary. Asparagus has such a strong wonderful flavor on its own without the ham or prosciutto. Will definitely make again just without any ham or prosciutto. Maybe ill try sliced almonds in its place. Read More