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Sauteed Asparagus with Candied Bacon

  • Author: Lindsay Cotter
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4-5 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Candied Bacon and Asparagus {Paleo, Gluten Free}


  • 45 strips of uncured nitrate free peppered bacon (keep 1 tbsp of the rendered bacon fat for cooking)
  • 1 tbsp coconut sugar (divided)
  • 1 bunch of large asparagus ( about 1520 spears)
  • 1 shallot (sliced)
  • 1/4 tsp each sea salt/black pepper
  • 1 tsp lemon juice plus lemon slices to garnish (optional)


For the Bacon: 

  1. Preheat oven to 400F. Lining a baking pan with foil.
  2. Toss the uncured bacon strips with 1/2 tbsp of coconut palm sugar then place them on the lined baking sheet.
  3. Bake on the bottom rack for 15- 18 minutes or until crispy.
  4. Remove from oven and set aside (For microwave oven, see notes) .
  5. Spoon 1 – 2 tbsp of the bacon juice (from the pan) into a bowl. Set aside for later use.
  6. Once bacon is somewhat cooled, dice it into small pieces. Set aside.

For the Sauteed Asparagus:

  1. Wash the asparagus and trim bottom stems..
  2. Add the bacon fat to a large skillet and bring to medium to medium high heat.
  3. Add the asparagus, shallot, pepper, sea salt, and optional remaining coconut sugar if, desired.
  4. Sautee the asparagus and shallot on medium for 10 minutes or until asparagus is slightly darker green but still crispy on the ends. Remove from heat.

To Plate :

  1. Place sauteed asparagus and shallot on a serving dish and top with candied bacon.
  2. Spoon any extra juice from the skillet over the asparagus/shallots/bacon.
  3. Lemon to garnish. Salt/pepper to taste.


Smaller thinner asparagus will cook faster. Watch the pan carefully.

Short on time. Just cook bacon in microwave. Cover with paper towels but don’t cover the bottom of the bowl or plate. You want the juice to drain there. Cook 45 seconds at time, 3 to 4 times until crispy. Keep the fat from the plate.

  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 25 min
  • Category: side dish
  • Method: stove
  • Cuisine: american


  • Calories: 115
  • Sugar: 4 g
  • Sodium: 226 mg
  • Fat: 7 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 9 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 3 g

Keywords: asparagus, candied bacon, sauteed asparagus, side dish, paleo side dish, oven baked bacon