Asparagus, Ham, and Lemon Recipe -
Asparagus, Ham, and Lemon Recipe
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Asparagus with Ham and Lemon
Make a quick and easy fresh asparagus side dish. See more
  • READY IN 15 mins

Asparagus, Ham, and Lemon

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

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    5 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    15 mins


  1. Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in prosciutto and cook until crisp, about 3-4 minutes.
  2. Place asparagus in the skillet, and toss gently until coated with oil.
  3. Pour in water and cover with lid; cook for 1 minute.
  4. Remove lid, stir in garlic and cook for 1 minute with lid on.
  5. Remove lid and cook uncovered until the spears are still crisp but tender, about 2-3 minutes.
  6. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Squeeze lemon juice over the top.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
May 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

Most Helpful Critical Review
Apr 05, 2013

Asparagus flavor lost in too much oil.

Mar 15, 2012

Delicious! The best asparagus I've ever had.

Feb 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!

Jan 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.

Apr 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.

May 07, 2015

This also great with bacon bits & a few more seasonings to your taste.

Apr 20, 2015

This recipe was excellent I don't like asparagus but this was the best I ever had. and I will add it to my 5-star recipes Thanks Chef John. I rate this 5 stars


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  • Calories
  • 141 kcal
  • 7%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 7.6 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol
  • 12 mg
  • 4%
  • Fat
  • 11.5 g
  • 18%
  • Fiber
  • 3.7 g
  • 15%
  • Protein
  • 5.6 g
  • 11%
  • Sodium
  • 278 mg
  • 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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