Asparagus is a delicious springtime vegetable that is a good source of various nutrients including folate (which helps us make new red blood cells), vitamins A & C, potassium, and fibre. Asparagus has been enjoyed since ancient times, appearing on an Egyptian frieze from 3000 BC and with instructions for cooking it found in one of the oldest surviving collection of recipes from the 3rd century BC!
Today I’m going to share some ideas for how to prepare asparagus. Asparagus is quite quick and easy to prepare. All you need to do first is wash your asparagus spears and snap off the woody ends.
You can cook your asparagus using a variety of methods. Some ideas to add a little extra flavour include: lemon juice, garlic, salt, pepper, and/or parmesan cheese! The length of time you need to cook will depend on how thick your asparagus spears are – just check on them and see when they are tender but still a bit crisp.
- Steam it for 4-8 minutes
- Cook it in the microwave with a couple tablespoons of water for around 5 minutes
- Drizzle it with olive oil and roast it for around 12-15 minutes at 425F
- Grill it on the BBQ on a nice day
- Saute it in a bit of oil
If you want to get a little bit more fancy, here are some recipes to inspire you:
- Triple-Pea & Asparagus Salad with Feta Mint Dressing
- Asparagus & Chive Tart
- Lemon Garlic Asparagus Pasta
- Spring Pea & Asparagus Risotto
- Simple & Citrusy Asparagus Stir-fry
Enjoy! Let me know in the comments how you prepare your asparagus.