Cooking asparagus only seems hard, it’s really not that hard at all. It’s a little perplexing why people are daunted by it, actually. To try and eliminate some of that fear, here are some options for cooking asparagus that are simple and enjoyable.
Preparing To Cook Fresh Asparagus
We’re not talking here about cooking asparagus from a can. Based on that, it’s no wonder so many people think poorly of this delicious vegetable. Prepared well (and again it is easy to do), asparagus is a delicious and flavorful vegetable that even children will love.
We’re talking here about cooking fresh asparagus –the kind you harvest fresh from the garden or buy in the store or, even better, at a local Farmer’s market or stand, in bundles.
The only real thing you need to do to prepare asparagus for cooking is to give it a quick wash, and then cut or snap off the tough stem ends. Just grasp the stalk near the bottom and snap it where it naturally wants to break – usually a couple of inches up from the bottom end of the stalk.
That’s it, now you are ready to cook up some delicious asparagus!
Different Ways to Cook Asparagus
Here are a few simple and excellent options for cooking asparagus..
Cooking asparagus by steaming it is a very healthy way to cook it that preserves flavor and crispness. Simply place prepped stalks in a steamer basket and steam asparagus for about two to three minutes. They should be bright green and tender but not mushy when pierced with a fork.
Place prepared asparagus in a shallow baking dish or on a cookie sheet, drizzle with olive oil and sea salt and garlic or pepper if you like, and roast in a 400 F degree oven for about 10 to 15 minutes.
For cooking asparagus this way, prep as above for roasted asparagus and simply toss on the grill. You may want to place it in a grilling basket or on tin foil to keep it from falling through the grill grates.
Grill for about 10 minutes, depending on the heat. Watch closely. Again you want a crisp and tender spear when done.
These are the simplest options, and actually three of the best, for cooking asparagus. Asparagus is more versatile than you might think, though, so also consider cooking asparagus chopped in a stir fry or in a cream soup (as you would cream of broccoli), or topping it with a nice white sauce or garlic sauce. Once you become familiar with cooking asparagus, and find out how good and easy it can be, it will be one of your favorite dishes.