How to Cook Asparagus
How to cook asparagus
Knowing how to cook asparagus properly will ensure that you could a subtle crunch whilst maintaining a distinctive flavour. The following ‘how to’ breaks down the simple process from start to finish.
1- Picking the right spears. Look for asparagus that is freshly picked and has a juicy, firm feel. The ends should not be too white and dry. Asparagus with thicker stalks will naturally snap at the woodiest part of the spear.
2- Young versus old. Young asparagus spears are more tender and don’t need to be snapped before cooking.
3- Frying pan not saucepan. Bring shallow salted water to the boil and add the asparagus.
4- Monitoring progress. Check to see if the asparagus is cooked by testing with knife halfway down the spear.
5- Shake off excess. When ready, shake off any water.
6- Dress with butter. Serve immediately with a knob of butter.
Alternatively, you can blanch your asparagus spears in salted, boiling water for one minute. Remove with tongs and shake off the water. Fry on a hot griddle pan or frying pan in some olive oil until the spears are golden-brown in places. Season with freshly ground black pepper and sea salt flakes.