The Different Ways of Cooking Asparagus

Unlike what most people think, it isn’t only chefs who can prepare and cook asparagus. There are so many simple and easy ways to cook and enjoy this vegetable even for wannabe cooks.

Stir-Fried

It’s the epitome of what a simple asparagus recipe should be. If you are in a hurry or in no mood to concoct something complicated, this one is definitely for you.

Trim, wash and cut the asparagus spears into halves. Steam the base of the spear first before adding the tips so they will be cooked evenly. After two minutes, take them out and drain.

Melt a chunk of butter or olive oil if preferred on a pan and add the spears. Also squeeze a bit of lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste. And voila! It’s a meal that’s almost instant.

Steamed

You can simply steam asparagus. It’s healthier, too, because it preserves the nutrients of the vegetable. You can use a steamer especially made for asparagus so you can steam them in an upright position. Or you can also use steamer basket.

After trimming and washing the asparagus, place the veggie in a steamer basket, putting the base of the spear at the bottom. After pouring water in the pan and placing it under the steamer basket, cover the lid to allow the steam to cook the asparagus. Typically, spears should be ready after three to four minutes. Test with a fork and if it pierces without too much effort, they’re done.

Roasted

Roasting brings out a certain kind of sweetness to the taste of asparagus. That’s why it’s a favourite to many asparagus and non-asparagus lovers.

After all the usual trimming and cleaning, roast asparagus whole by putting them on a roasting pan. Brush olive oil on each stalk so they don’t stick to the pan and burn. Put in the oven and set the heat to 400 degrees. Remember to turn the spears for an even roasting. Serve with your favourite toppings.

Asparagus can also be grilled, sautéed, boiled or baked.

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