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trimmed aspagarus, shaved asparagus, and sliced asparagus next to a chef's knife on a cutting board

How to Cut Asparagus

Learn how to trim, slice, or shave asparagus for recipes.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 45kcal


  • Chef's or paring knife if trimming or slicing
  • Swivel or Y-peeler if shaving


  • 1 bunch asparagus


  • First, clean the asparagus by rinsing the spears under cold water to remove any dirt. Pat with a clean towel to dry.

Trimmed asparagus

  • Trim the asparagus spears to remove the woody part in 1 of 2 ways. You can snap the end off each spear with your fingers.
  • Or you can use a knife to slice off at least ½-inch from the bottom of the spears. If some spears need more removed to get rid of the woody parts, continue trimming them with your knifie.

Sliced asparagus

  • Trim the asparagus then cut across the spears to yield slices of your desired size.

Shaved asparagus

  • Trim the asparagus spears. Use a swivel or Y-peeler to shave the spears into thin pieces from top to bottom. Use a knife to cut up what's left after you have peeled as much of the spears as possible.
  • You can also use a chef's or paring knife to shave asparagus. Thinly slice the spears at an angle from top to bottom to yield thin shavings.



Serving: 0.5bunch | Calories: 45kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 455mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1701IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 5mg