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The ONE Asparagus Dish I Would Eat EVERYDAY | Quick & Easy Recipe

These Spanish Paprika & Garlic Asparagus are so good, I could seriously eat them everyday. They´re packed with flavors, above & beyond easy to make and done in under 30 minutes. Serve them as a tapas appetizer or even as a side dish, next to Spanish salmon and roasted potatoes.

Spanish Paprika & Garlic Asparagus
This dish hails from the region of Andalucía in southern Spain, but more specifically from the beautiful province of Jaén, where it´s known as Espárragos Trigueros con Pimentón.

Spanish Paprika & Garlic Asparagus
What really flavors this dish is the flavor-base that is added into the asparagus. Made with garlic, sweet smoked Spanish paprika, ground cumin, parsley and sherry vinegar. Of course, you can use other vinegars here, such as red wine vinegar or even apple cider vinegar.

Spanish Paprika & Garlic Asparagus

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: The secret here is to not over-cook the asparagus. Otherwise they gut mushy. Once they are lightly sauteed and you add in the flavor base and liquid, simmer for 5 minutes tops. This will ensure they are fully cooked through but without getting mushy.

Spanish Paprika & Garlic Asparagus

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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Watch the Video Below on How to Make this Spanish Paprika & Garlic Asparagus

Spanish Paprika & Garlic Asparagus

Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 73 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 2 bundles thick asparagus about 20 spears
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 30 ml
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp sweet smoked Spanish paprika 2.30 grams
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin 1.25 grams
  • 1 tbsp sherry vinegar 15 ml
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley 16 grams
  • 3/4 cup water 175 ml
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper


  1. Roughly chop the cloves of garlic, add into a mortar, along with a pinch of sea salt, using a pestle pound down until you form a paste like texture, then add 1 tsp sweet smoked Spanish paprika, 1/2 tsp ground cumin, 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley and 1 tbsp sherry vinegar, mix together until well mixed and set aside

  2. Rinse the spears of asparagus under cold running water, then pat them completely dry with a dishcloth, cut the spears into 1 1/2 inch (4 cm) thick pieces, discarding about 2 inches (5 cm) from the bottom of the spears

  3. Heat a large fry pan with a medium heat and add in 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, after 2 minutes add the chopped asparagus, mix continuously with the olive oil

  4. After 3 minutes and the asparagus are lightly sauteed, add in the garlic mixture and season everything with sea salt & black pepper, mix together and cook for 60 seconds to make the garlic aromatic, then add in 3/4 cup water, mix together and simmer for 5 minutes or until the water has reduced in half

  5. Remove the pan from the heat and serve, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
Spanish Paprika & Garlic Asparagus
Amount Per Serving
Calories 73 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Sodium 6mg0%
Potassium 57mg2%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 570IU11%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 19mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Marie

    This looks amazing, is it possible to serve this as a cold dish too?:-) Hoping to add them to the vegan tapas menu for our wedding!

    19 . Sep . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      Absolutely!! Much love 🙂

      19 . Sep . 2022
  2. Ramya

    cant wait to make this soon for me cant wait to try this my air fryer i never had spanish paprika garlic asparagus before perfect for my after office snacks love your recipes as always brightens up my day everyday after work

    08 . Apr . 2022

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