Mike and I love asparagus, but the boys have a love/hate relationship with it. They don’t like it mushy or stringy and there’s a fine line when cooking asparagus where it goes from crisp but cooked to mushy and stringy. After messing around with a bunch of different ways to make asparagus (roasted, grilled, in the air fryer), this one was the winner!

Think crisp but cooked asparagus swimming in fragrant, crunchy garlic and toasted almonds. Its so stinkin’ good and the perfect side for any dish! Even better? Its clean, dairy-free and whole 30 friendly!


1 bunch asparagus, cut into thirds
4-5 cloves garlic, sliced lengthwise
1/4 cup sliced almonds
olive oil
salt and pepper
red pepper flakes


I heat 2tbs olive oil over medium heat in my Always Pan. Add garlic and saute for a minute or two until it begins to brown, then add in asparagus and season with salt and pepper and a pinch of red pepper flakes. Stir the asparagus as it cooks until it begins to soften a little. Mix in the sliced almonds for the last few minutes it cooks. The asparagus should be cooked and hold its shapes, but still have a little bite and not mushy at all…. if that makes sense!

This is a sure to please side dish for the whole family (I like to make it for Thanksgiving too!) and its SO easy to make, you can’t beat it! It’s also a great side for all my E2M peeps! If you try it, be sure to tag me @jillianrosado so I can see! Also, my Always Pan is currently on sale for $30 Off with code GOODTASTE30 and a perfect gift for anyone, even for Mother’s Day! My mom got one for me for my birthday back in November and I use it almost daily – its DEF worth the hype! You can grab one HERE – I have the Char, but might grab the Steam also.

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