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2 Quick and Easy Ways to Cook Asparagus

Updated on April 25, 2010

I love asparagus and eat it regularly. These are two of my favorite quick & easy methods of cooking asparagus. Both of these asparagus recipes are also very healthy.

I typically cut off about an inch of the stalk part of the asparagus, as I noticed this part often gets hard and stringy. Usually, an inch or so is all that needs to be cut off.

I recommend thoroughly rinsing the asparagus off using a sprayer. There's no telling how many people at the store may have picked up the stalks, looked at them, and put them back. I've witnessed people practically picking up every bunch of asparagus, spinning them around, inspecting them, and even sneezing on them!

If you try one of my asparagus recipes, comment and let me know what you think.  Also, if you like Brussels Sprouts, check out my quick and easy Brussels sprouts recipes.

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Boil

This is the simplest method. I turn the stove on high until a pot of water is boiling. I also add a little olive oil and a little salt to the boiling water. I then add the asparagus and leave them boiling for 9-10 minutes. I pour the water and asparagus into a colander in the sink.

I prefer to serve the asparagus warm (fresh out of the colander) with a little Marzetti Asiago Peppercorn dressing on top.

Bake

I use a toaster oven to bake mine, but a normal oven can be used. I simply put the asparagus in a large freezer bag, and then add a couple tablespoons of olive oil, a couple cloves of pressed garlic, some fresh parmesan cheese, and a little crushed red pepper. I then close the freezer bag and shake the bag very well to mix everything up. I then cover a baking tray with aluminum foil. I empty the bag of asparagus onto the aluminum-covered baking tray and spread the asparagus spears out on the tray. Preheat the oven to 450 and then bake them at 450 for about 12 minutes. I prefer to use the toaster oven so I can use the “toast” option. This slightly burns the cheese and garlic on the tops of the asparagus.

Enjoy!

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      levertis 4 years ago

      I went to the I-net to find a quick, delicious recipe for cooking asparagus, and what popped up!? Your hub was one of them and my choice. My asparagus is nearly ready to serve with the rest of my supper. I will pause here until I finish my meal . . .

      Of all the vegetables I have ever eaten during my entire life, asparagus is the only one that I did not find very palatable. I have finished my meal, including a full serving of asparagus. It is still not my favorite, but I plan to eat it occasionally. The spears are so pretty, and they help to make a dish look fancy. I like to slightly steam green onion leaves, wrap a few around servings of asparagus spears and ties a neat bow. Cute!

      Thanks for sharing and encouraging the eating of this nutritional vegetable.

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      Mike 7 years ago

      Três bonne! merci :)

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      kea 8 years ago

      Thanks for the comments, everyone! Asparagus rocks!

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      Apaniolasoul 8 years ago

      I ADORE ASPARAGUS! I have found that if I use a big pot steamer, crush up some garlic cloves in the water, and sprinkle some tarragon and sweet mediterranean basil on it, it tastes absolutely divine! It only takes about 10 minutes too...I also will add red and yellow bell peppers with it...color, the sweetness of the peppers is a delightful contrast to the asparagus!

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      frogyfish 8 years ago from Central United States of America

      I love asparagus but never thought of baking it with the cheesy stuff. Will have to try your recipe. But did you also know that tender asparagus is good raw? (It still makes you 'smell'...)

      Thanks for sharing your recipe!

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      Hello, hello, 8 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for a great cooking lesson. I too love Asparagus.

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