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Delicious Asparagus Recipes

Updated on July 10, 2007

Asparagus is one of my favorite vegetables. It is low in calories, contains no fat or cholesterol, and is very low in sodium. It is also a good source of folic acid, potassium, and fiber. Not to mention, it is a breeze to cook! My favorite way to eat asparagus is to simply blanch it, and then dip the crunchy stalks into mustard, but I also have several great recipes that are a little more detailed. They're all still very easy to prepare. Two of them are light meals, perfect for warm weather, and the other two are great side dishes.

Grilled Asparagus

1 pound asparagus

3 tablespoons olive oil

2 cloves garlic, finely minced

1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

1/4 teaspoon paprika

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Trim asparagus. In a small bowl, combine oil, garlic, zest and paprika and stir with a fork. Lay asparagus side by side and pierce on 2 wooden skewers to form a raft. Place rafts on the grill and brush with oil mixture. Cook to desired tenderness and season with salt and pepper.

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Orange Soy Beef with Asparagus

1 bunch of asparagus, trimmed

12-oz. flank steak

3 Tbsp. lite soy sauce

1 tsp. each grated orange peel and ginger

1 tsp. minced garlic

1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper

Coat grill with nonstick spray, then heat. Meanwhile, put all ingredients in a gallon ziptop bag and turn to coat. Place steak on grill; close and grill 6 min. for medium-rare. Remove to cutting board. Let rest 5 min. Meanwhile, place asparagus on grill; close and grill 5 min. until crisp-tender. Slice steak thinly across the grain.

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Spicy Asparagus Pasta

5 garlic cloves, minced

1 tsp. dried red pepper flakes

2-3 dashes Tabasco

1/4 c olive oil

1 Tbs. butter or margarine

1 lb fresh asparagus, cut into 1-inch pieces

Salt to taste

1/4 tsp pepper

1/4 cup shredded Parmasan (I prefer Romano) cheese

1/2 lb penne, cooked and drained

In a skillet, cook garlic, red pepper flakes, and hot pepper sauce in oil and butter for 2-3 min. Add asparagus, salt and pepper; saute until asparagus is crisp-tender (about 8-10 min.). Add Parmasan cheese; mix well. Pour over hot pasta and toss to coat. Serve immediately.

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Marinated Asparagus

This recipe was given to me by my husband's aunt and does not have any specific measurements; however it's so simple that you really don't need any!

Water

White Vinegar

Fresh asparagus, trimmed

Bring equal parts of white vinegar and water to a boil. Drop asparagus in boiling vinegar/water for about 3-4 minutes. Remove asparagus and drain well. (Dry on towel). Add olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper, and a little crushed red pepper. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or overnight. Serve cold or at room temperature.

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    • Anna Evanswood profile image

      Anna Evanswood 8 years ago from Malaysia

      Asparagus is great. I have been in a blanching asparagus rut, so thank you for sharing your grilled asparagus recipe.. I might try it tonight:)

    • The Dan Sai Kid profile image

      The Dan Sai Kid 10 years ago from Scotland

      Fresh, seasonal asparagus is one of my favourite vegetables. I'll definitely be trying some of these