How to Cook Asparagus This Spring
By: Kayla Brown
While asparagus is available to enjoy all year-round, spring is the peak season for fresh, firm, bright and healthy green spears. Not only are they delicious, asparagus are also extremely nutritious – acting as a great source of fiber and other nutrients. Read our tips below on how to make the most out of your fresh asparagus this spring.
How To Buy
Whether you’re purchasing asparagus from the grocery store or the farmers market, look for bundles that contain straight, strong spears. Thin spears are not a bad sign – asparagus thickness is a matter of personal preference. Inspect the bottom of the bunches, as none should be dry or have split stems.
How to Store
Keep your asparagus wrapped with the band it came with. Trim about an inch off the bottom of each stem and place in a mason jar filled with about 2 inches of water. Store the asparagus straight up and loosely cover the tops with a plastic bag. Store this in the refrigerator for no longer than a week. Just like a flower in a vase, don’t forget to check the water regularly.
How to Cook
We know what you’re thinking, “I know how to cook with asparagus, who doesn’t?” While cooking with asparagus isn’t difficult, there are some tips that can perfect your asparagus filled dishes. Asparagus is a vegetable that is easy to overcook. Under cooked asparagus is a little easier to notice – it’ll be tough. Over-cooked asparagus is on the mushy side. Be sure to remove asparagus from your pot or pan as soon as they are done cooking, and place in a bowl of ice water or place them on a wire rack to cool down.
1. How to Roast
Place asparagus on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil and desired spices. Roast uncovered for approximately 15 minutes.
2. How to Grill
Brush asparagus with olive oil and place directly on the grill rack. Grill uncovered for approximately 10 minutes or until crispy, flipping occasionally.
3. How to Steam
Place a steamer basket in a Swiss Diamond saucepan. Fill water in the saucepan just below the bottom of the steamer basket. Bring water to a boil and add asparagus stalks to the basket. Cover, reduce heat, and steam for approximately 5 minutes or until tender and bright green.
4. How to Sauté
Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large Swiss Diamond skillet over medium heat. Add spices and cooking, stirring occasionally, for approximately 30 seconds. Add asparagus to the skillet, and sauté and continuously stir until spears are tender and bright green, approximately 7 minutes.
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