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Balsamic-Marinated Asparagus

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Marinated asparagus
Jacqui Wedewer/The Daily Meal

This easy side dish is a great accompaniment to weeknight meals. Its zesty flavor makes it a great pairing for fried chicken, burgers, pork chops and more.

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10 m
5 m
(prepare time)
5 m
(cook time)
Calories Per Serving


  • 1 Pound asparagus, bases trimmed off
  • 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • Lemon juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 Teaspoon sugar
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 Tablespoon red pepper flakes
  • Salt & pepper to taste


Step 1: In a large skillet, bring 2-3 inches of salted water to a boil. Place 1 pound trimmed asparagus in the water, simmer gently for 4-5 minutes until the asparagus just begins to become tender. Remove asparagus from skillet and arrange in a 9x13 glass dish.

Step 2: In a small bowl, combine 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar, 3 tablespoons olive oil, lemon juice from one lemon, 1 teaspoon sugar, 3 cloves of minced garlic, 1/2 tablespoon red pepper flakes. Season with salt and pepper, then whisk until well-mixed.

Step 3: Pour marinade over the warm asparagus. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 8-24 hours.

Step 4: Remove from refrigerator 20 minutes before serving, as asparagus are best when served at room temperature. Enjoy!