How to cook asparagus

25 Apr 2011

Category: recipes

Asparagus can be cooked in many different ways.  Here are some top tips for making the most of this seasonal treat.


It is best to boil asparagus in a bunch, so it can be removed from the water at the same time, to avoid over cooking.  Tie the asparagus into evenly sized bundles of 10-12 spears, or use an asparagus basket (from cook shops).  Submerge in a large pan of boiling water for 3-6 minutes until tender.  The cooking time will vary depending upon the thickness of the spears.


Like boiling, this is best done in bunches.  Stand the bundles of spears upright in 3 inches of boiling water and cover with a lid.  Steam for 3-6 minutes.


Toss the spears in a little olive oil and salt and place in a hot oven for 10 minutes.  Roast asparagus is a great companion to a summer roast chicken.


Toss the spears in a little olive oil and place on the BBQ away from the hottest part of the coals.  Remove before they char - the timing will depend on how hot the BBQ is.

Stir Frying

Use thinner spears for stir frying or sauteing.  Toss in a hot pan with a little sunflower oil or a knob of butter for 3-6 minutes.  If stir frying for an Asian-style dish, add a dash of fish sauce (nam pla) instead of salt.

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