How To: Cook asparagus

Cook asparagus

If you're interested in learning how to cook asparagus, check out this video. Asparagus can be quite tasy when cooked right!

Follow these steps to enjoy fresh, tasty asparagus.

Step 1: Buy it

Choose asparagus that is bright green and not dry or wilted. You'll need three to five spears per serving, depending on size and thickness.

Step 2: Trim it

Cut off the bottom ends of the stalks, about one-third of each spear. If the spears are thick, use a vegetable peeler to peel them to the same thickness as the tips, and rinse well.

Step 3: Boil it

Boil asparagus for more tender stalks. Bring one half inch of water to a boil in a large skillet or saucepan. Add the asparagus in a single layer, reduce heat, and then simmer until tender, for two to five minutes.

TIP: Avoid overcooking asparagus. If cooked too long, asparagus will turn dark and mushy.

Step 4: Steam it

Steam asparagus for a crisper result. Stack trimmed stalks two to three deep in a rectangular, microwave-safe dish. Add two tablespoons of water, and then cover and cook on high power for two and a half to three minutes.

Step 5: Roast it
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and arrange the asparagus on a baking dish. Drizzle with olive oil, and top with minced garlic. Roast for about 10 minutes.

TIP: Roasting your asparagus brings out a caramelized, nutty flavor. Try grilling it for a similar effect.

Step 6: Serve it

Serve your asparagus with salt and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Enjoy!

Did you know? The ancient Greeks grew asparagus as a medicine to cure toothaches and prevent bee stings.

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