Healthy Asparagus– So Delicious!

Asparagus is now officially in season as spring and summer come upon us! Asparagus offers a multitude of antioxidants and vitamins. At its peak, asparagus has optimal flavor and is least expensive during these seasons. A great addition to any dish, asparagus is a versatile vegetable that can be prepared in many ways offering any home cook the opportunity to add a healthy component to their meal.

Asparagus Shopping and Storage Tips

When shopping for asparagus, it’s best practice to find a bunch with firm stems and tightly closed tips. We always recommend using your asparagus purchase immediately, but you can always store them by standing their stems in a bowl a cold water and leaving them in the fridge for a few days.

Ways to Prepare Asparagus for Any Dish

When preparing your fresh asparagus for cooking, always cut off the tough ends of the stems and recognize that cooking times can vary based on asparagus thickness and personal preference on crispiness. Asparagus can be utilized in more than just a side dish– you can add it to your pasta, omelets, salads, and more!

  1. Blanching: Boil your asparagus for two to three minutes, drain, and immediately rinse with cold water.
  2. Steaming: Tie your bundle of asparagus at the top and bottom with kitchen string. Bring two inches of water to a boil in a tall pot, place the asparagus with the stems in the boiling water, and allow to cook for three to five minutes.
  3. Boiling: Using a skillet, add one to two inches of boiling water. Lay your asparagus flat and boil for two to four minutes.
  4. Roasting: Place your asparagus on a nonstick backing sheet with either cooking spray or parchment paper and roast in the oven at 450 degrees for eight to ten minutes.
  5. Grilling: Using cooking spray, place your asparagus in the pre-heated grill and grill for five to seven minutes.
  6. Stir fry: Cut your asparagus diagonally into one to two-inch pieces and stir fry in a nonstick wok with salt-free broth or white wine for about three minutes.

Asparagus is great unseasoned but you can always add a little flavor with marinades or seasonings! Enjoy the asparagus season!


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