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Sauteed Asparagus with Garlic Breadcrumbs

Sautéed asparagus gets all dressed with some golden brown, crunchy garlic breadcrumbs! A delicious and easy vegetable side dish. 88 calories and 2 Weight Watchers Freestyle SP
Prep Time4 mins
Cook Time6 mins
Course: Side Dishes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Garlic Breadcrumbs, Panko Breadcrumbs, Sauteéd Asparagus
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 87.9kcal


  • 1 pound asparagus cut into 1-inch pieces, tips & stalks separated
  • 4 teaspoon olive oil divided
  • ¼ cup panko breadcrumbs I used whole wheat
  • 4 cloves of garlic minced, divided
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • salt and pepper to taste*


  • Prepare a large bowl with ice water.
  • Bring a large saucepan of well-salted water to a boil over medium heat. Add the asparagus stalk pieces and cook for 2 minutes. Add the tips and cook for an additional minute (see Note below). Drain and immediately plunge the asparagus into the ice water to stop it from cooking further. Let the asparagus rest in the ice water while the breadcrumbs are prepared, then drain.
  • Heat 2 teaspoons olive oil in a large nonstick skillet set over medium-high heat. Add the breadcrumbs, half of the garlic and the salt. Saute, stirring occasionally, until the breadcrumbs are golden brown and crunchy, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a plate or bowl.
  • Heat the remaining 2 teaspoons olive oil in the skillet, then add the remaining garlic and asparagus. Cook just to warm the asparagus, about 1 minute.
  • Remove from the heat and return the breadcrumbs to the pan. Toss to combine, taste and season with salt and pepper. Serve.


Weight Watchers Points: 2 (Freestyle SmartPoints), 2 (Points+)
*Extra salt and pepper not included in nutritional information.
Note: Cooking time will vary depending on the thickness of the asparagus spears. They should be tender crisp when pierced with a fork.


Serving: 0.25of recipe | Calories: 87.9kcal | Carbohydrates: 9.6g | Protein: 3.5g | Fat: 4.9g | Saturated Fat: 0.7g | Sodium: 128.5mg | Fiber: 2.9g | Sugar: 2.2g