asparagus: what do i do with it? {your tips & recipes here!}


I’ve never cooked it before and I’m almost positive I’ve never eaten it! I have a big bundle of it in the fridge that my husband came home with and I don’t know where to start! Do you have any tips or favorite recipes? Would love to hear!  Image via.

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28 thoughts on “asparagus: what do i do with it? {your tips & recipes here!}

  1. I like to use a big frying pan, melt some butter in it (or you could use Olive oil if you’re feeling healthy), and then add some minced garlic and the asparagus (make sure to break of the ends first). Saute them like that until almost tender and add in some fresh grated parmesan and cook until the parm is just melty. So delicious.

    You can also do your classic steam (with cheese or hollandaise sauce if you so desire) too.

  2. First thing you want to do is snap the bottoms. Don’t cut them – bend and let each one snap where it wants to. That way you won’t get any wood parts. Some will snap close to the bottom, others farther up.

    This time of year we eat it raw with a dip (the smaller ones are best for this). Throughout the year I steam or boil them tender crisp and put a little bit of butter and a sprinkle of mrs. dash on them (very tasty). Baked is also a hit in our house. Slightly cover them in olive oil and sprinkle a bit of seasoning on them, put them in a pan and into the oven. If you’re looking for something with a little more substance then you can wrap them in ham and pour a cheese sauce over them (got this from a company’s coming cookbook).

    Good Luck and enjoy the wonderful little green guys!

  3. Asparagus is so good and so easy to make. The easiest way is the pick a piece up and bend it & it will snap off the tough part of the bottom. Or just cut 1.5 inches off the bottom of the stalks.
    I have a few favorite ways to cook it. First is boil in a pan with about an inch of water for four minutes. When finished chop into bite sized pieces. In a separate bowl mix together a jar on pimentos, feta cheese, a tsp of olive oil and balsamic vinegar to taste. Toss in the asparagus and cool in the fridge for at least an hour. Makes a yummy simple salad.
    Roasting is very easy also just flavor with garlic and olive oil throw in the oven at 400 degrees for 4-5 minutes and whala, roasted asparagus.

  4. Did he happen to get it from the lady on the farm????? I have been trying to get out there to get some.
    Apparently you can freeze if without blanching it. One of the only vegetables that work well doing this.
    I found a recipe in Jamie Oliver’s new cookbook Meals in Minutes for spring lasagna that uses asparagus, peas and edemame beans that I was going to use it in. Let me know if you want the recipe.
    My favorite way is to lay it flat on a cookies sheet, drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, season with salt and pepper and then roast in the oven or on the BBQ for about 8 minutes. Sprinkle with feta or goat cheese and enjoy :)

    1. I don’t know the whole story, but apparently it came from Purdy – he did work for an old lady and she paid him in asparagus. He didn’t want it so it all got unloaded on us! LOL

      Who is the lady on the farm??? I just cleaned out the fridge today and it’s ready to be filled!

  5. Rinse well and snap off the woody ends (just hold the end and it will snap where it needs to).

    Coat with olive oil, salt, and pepper and grill on your bbq!

    Yum yum

    1. This is how I do it too! Either on the BBQ or on my George Foreman Grill. I like grilling until the asparagus isn’t crunchy anymore but not wilted, either. My 2 year old absolutely LOVES it, too. Grilled asparagus is one of his absolute favourite foods… I seriously think he would choose it over almost anything else.

  6. Break them like everyone said, right where it wants to break.

    My favorite is sauteed in butter, add a little lemon juice near the end, and sprinkle some celtic sea salt on them before serving. I tried it once that way and have since only made them like that. Enjoy your asparagus! :)

    1. Mmm. I’m all about the butter. You guys have me very excited to try this for dinner tonight!

  7. Our favourite is an amazing summer asparagus salad we make.
    Steam them for a few minutes until they’re tender, then put them in a ice bath – bowl of really cold water with ice – to let them cool. For the sauce, we use:

    1/4 cup Olive oil
    1/2 cup Roasted red pepper (or fresh works well too)
    1/2 cup shallots
    1/2 cup Green olives
    1 tablespoon chopped capers
    2 tbsp lime juice
    2 tbsp orange juice

    Mix all those ingredients together. Lay asparagus out on a plate or platter and spoon the mixture over the centre of the asparagus. It’s delicious and so fresh!

  8. We snap the ends off by hand too – it naturally snaps where the hard part ends.

    I use a frying pan (my Green Pan of course!), warm up some butter with some lemon juice.

    I either put the asparagus in whole, or I cut the asparagus into maybe 1.5″ pieces.

    Saute until the tips are just tender. I don’t saute to the point where it starts to brown or shrivel – but we like our veggies sort of “al dente’ and crispy :) I also add a little bit of salt.

  9. I don’t have any recipes because I LOVE asparagus steamed with a bit of butter and salt. I could eat it all day; its like candy to me!

    I have added asparagus to tomato based curries in the past; but I prefer it very simple!

    Enjoy your asparagus!

  10. I think all the tips have been given here. Another great way is in a foil pack on the BBQ. Spray some tin foil (heavy duty works better) with no stick spray of your choice, toss the asparagus on, season (Mrs. Dash, or salt and pepper, or anything else you like!), wrap it up, but tent it, so there is room for air to move around and put it on the grill I think for 8-10 minutes. Fantastic. Enjoy!

  11. we have it steamed or on the bbq or i cut up a whole bunch of veggies and put on veg tray on bbq its awesome . i use in salads and make it pickled too

  12. On the bbq. Snap off the ends, drizzle some olive oil over them, a little bit of sea salt and the bbq . OMG so delicious. :)

  13. My favourite way to cook asparagus:

    Cut the ends ( I know many say to break them off, but you lose lots of good stuff doing that), just the white/reddish/discoloured part. Toss in olive oil, salt, and pepper and cook them on high directly on the grill (Just takes a few minutes). If you overcook them they get soggy and rubbery, but just a few minutes will leave them mildly charred on the outside and still a bit crispy on the inside.

  14. I also like them steamed with salt, and on or the grill with salt. Very yummy!

    If Jasmine who posted above sends you the recipe for spring lasagna will you post it? It sounds yummy!

  15. I like to roast it with other veggies, my favorite is Sweet Potatoes, beets and Asparagus with a little Olive Oil and some Garlic Powder it’s Super Yummy!!

  16. Similar to what a lot of people have posted.
    Put in a baking dish, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle some parmesan, salt and pepper, then toss. Put in the oven at 400 for 10 mins and enjoy

  17. Of course cooking it in butter and garlic is standard.
    or steam it lightly and toss with : lemon, vinegar, favorite dressing,etc
    or steam and dd to a salad
    or steam then cool and use in crudite with a dip
    slice and saute with pasta
    slice and add to pizza

    options are endless!
    don’t forget to break off the woody ends first.

  18. I have a quick, easy and yummy recipe! Wash asparagus, cut of ends, dry them as good as you can so they don’t end up steaming in the oven, lay out in single row on baking sheet, drizzle nicely with olive oil, sprinkle with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, put in preheated 425 degree oven for about 10 minutes. Delish!

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