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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.



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.


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.




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