Sous Vide Asparagus (with 3 Flavoring Ideas!)

Learn how to cook perfect asparagus sous vide. Say goodbye to soggy asparagus, and hello to bright green, perfectly cooked spears. With three options for flavoring – garlic butter, lemon or parmesan.

The sous vide is my go-to tool for making juicy chicken breastsfilet mignonribeye, and pork chops. But today I’m sharing a sous vide vegetable recipe with you. And, it’s so incredibly tasty, you’ll probably never turn back.

In under 15 minutes, you’re guaranteed to have the most flavorful, tender (never soggy) asparagus.

📋 Tips for Making It

  • To trim the asparagus, look for the spot where the asparagus turns from white to green. This is where you want to cut. The easiest way to do this is to line up the spears in a row and slice off the ends all at once.
  • To keep the bag weighed down in the water bath, add a couple heavy butter knives or spoons to the bag before sealing. Or you can use sous vide weights.
  • Don’t salt your asparagus in the bag. Wait until after it’s cooked. This helps the asparagus retain its bright, green color.
Close up of uncooked asparagus spears.

✔️ Sous Vide Vacuum Seal Bags & Vacuum Sealing

  • After cooking sous vide for a while, I decided it was definitely worth the investment to purchase a FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealer. While you can seal using the water displacement method, I always found that I wasn’t quite able to get all the air out of my bag effectively. With the FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealer Bags the seal is extra tight. I also love that I can use the sealer to seal my veggies right when I purchase them from the store, ensuring that they stay extra fresh.

ℹ️ How to Sous Vide Asparagus

  • Set sous vide to 180-degrees.
  • Trim your fresh asparagus.
  • Add the asparagus spears, butter and a couple heavy butter knives or spoons to a FoodSaver bag and seal using a vacuum sealer. Alternatively, you can use a ziploc bag and the water displacement method.
  • Cook for 8-12 minutes based on the cooking chart below.
  • Season with salt and pepper, and serve.

🌡 What Temperature to Sous Vide Asparagus?

  • It’s best to sous vide asparagus at 180-degrees for perfect results.
Asparagus floating in sous vide water bath

🕕 How Long Do You Sous Vide Asparagus?

  • Pencil Thin Asparagus: 8 Minutes
  • Medium Asparagus: 10 Minutes
  • Thick Asparagus: 12 Minutes

👩‍🍳 How to Season It

Parmesan

  • After cooking, sprinkle with 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, and season with salt and pepper.

Lemon

  • After cooking, sprinkle with the zest and juice of one lemon, and season with salt and pepper.

Garlic

  • Before sealing, add 2 cloves of minced or grated garlic to the bag of asparagus and butter.

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🍴 What to Serve with It

🛒 More Sous Vide Cooking

Spears of asparagus cooked sous vide topped with parmesan shavings.

Sous Vide Asparagus Recipe

How to cook perfect asparagus sous vide. Bright green, perfectly cooked spears. With three options for flavoring – garlic, parmesan or lemon.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch asparagus (about 1 pound)
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)

Parmesan:

  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

Lemon:

  • 1 lemon (zested and juiced)
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)

Garlic:

  • 2 cloves garlic (minced or grated)

Instructions

  • Set sous vide to 180-degrees.
  • Trim the woody ends of the asparagus.
  • Add the asparagus, butter and a couple heavy butter knives or spoons to a FoodSaver bag and seal using a vacuum sealer. Alternatively, you can use a ziploc bag and the water displacement method. (The butter knives help to keep the bag weighed down in the water).
  • Cook for 8-12 minutes based on the cooking chart below.
  • Remove from water bath, season with salt and pepper, and serve.

Parmesan:

  • Sprinkle with parmesan cheese after cooking and season with salt and pepper.

Lemon:

  • Sprinkle with lemon zest and juice and season with salt and pepper.

Garlic:

  • Before sealing, add garlic to bag of asparagus and butter.

Notes

Cooking Time: 
  • Pencil Thin Asparagus: 8 Minutes
  • Medium Asparagus: 10 Minutes
  • Thick Asparagus: 12 Minutes
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Equipment

Sous Vide Machine
FoodSaver
Sous Vide Weights

Nutrition

Calories: 88kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 146mg | Potassium: 37mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 259IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 79mg | Iron: 1mg

This post was originally published in 2020. It was updated in 2022. Enjoy!

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