5 Ways to Cook Asparagus – A Perth Favourite for Spring!
At My Foodie Box, Spring signals a new wave of fresh seasonal produce just waiting to be added to your next meal kit. Asparagus is a sometimes under-utilised vegetable, it’s unassuming and may not be the first spring veggie you think of when you’re buying greens; but asparagus is versatile, healthy AND tasty!
Asparagus can painstaking to grow… Did you know it could take 3 years to grow from seed? If you love the convenience of having your meal plans delivered, expect fresh, crisp asparagus to feature in several recipes over the coming months. If asparagus is a favourite of yours, keep an eye out for it in your weekly meal delivery.
To help you along a little, here’s a look at some of the best ways to cook asparagus.
How to Cook Asparagus
The best way to cook asparagus will be up to your personal preference, but the good news is that most methods are incredibly easy. When asparagus is in season, it doesn’t need much help to be the superhero of your dinner box delivery. Not only is it delicious, but this humble green veggie also packs some serious punch when it comes to the health benefits of asparagus.
To prep your asparagus, be sure to remove the woody ends of the asparagus, as they can be tough and unpleasant to eat. To trim the right spot, hold the asparagus spear in two hands and bend it down close to the woody end. The asparagus will snap in the right spot.
An asparagus recipe might call for “blanched” asparagus and do this you’ll need a pot of boiling water, and a large bowl filled with ice water. Plunge your asparagus into the boiling water, leave for 1 minute and remove with tongs. Place the asparagus into the ice water to refresh and stop the cooking process.
Blanching helps retain nutrients and the crispness of the vegetable, and also its vibrant green colour. It can then be added to a variety of dishes such as an asparagus salad, asparagus quiche and whatever asparagus inspired dish you select for your next weekly meal delivery.
Roasted asparagus is a show-stopping side dish that pairs well with chicken and other BBQ’d meats. Roasting asparagus could not be easier. Lay the asparagus in a single layer on a roasting pan or cookie baking sheet tray. Drizzle with a little olive oil, salt, and pepper, then into the oven for 10-20 minutes depending on the thickness of your asparagus.
If you’re the home chef type, you might like to get a little creative with a generous squeeze of lemon before roasting, topping with pine nuts and shaved Parmesan to serve. Take roasted asparagus to the next level by first draping prosciutto around your asparagus spears; prosciutto-wrapped asparagus makes for a wonderful starter.
If you’ve wondered how to cook asparagus in a pan, it couldn’t be easier! This method allows you to have a cheeky taste and control the level of crispness that you like. Using a large fry pan, melt a tablespoon of butter over medium heat (use olive oil for a vegan variation.) Add your prepared asparagus (cut into 5cm lengths if your pan is smaller), and season well with salt and pepper. The asparagus will be ready in approx. 10 mins, it will turn a deep green colour when it’s done. If asparagus is a part of your next weekly food delivery you can get creative by tossing a handful of fresh herbs to the pan at the end; basil, Italian parsley and/or oregano work well.
As the weather in Perth, and all over Australia for that matter, gets better and more consistent, you can bet we are ready to dust off our BBQs! Adding asparagus and other vegetables to the grill will give your next back yard BBQ a little sophistication and variety. Coat asparagus spear lightly in olive oil and place directly on the grill, turning frequently for about 10mins. You want to achieve those yummy char marks, without burning of course. My Foodie Box knows that it’s not just about the snags and the steak, a side dish of grilled asparagus can elevate your BBQ to restaurant status!
If you have an electric steamer, this will make your steamed asparagus journey incredibly simple. All steamers are not created equal so be sure to follow the manufactures directions for your appliance. If you are using a steamer basket, place over a pot of boiling water with the lid on for approx. 6 minutes. If you love garlic as much as we do here at My Foodie Box, pop a whole garlic clove (peeled) in the steamer basket for a subtle garlicky hit.
We always want to make sure that your weekly food delivery is overflowing with fresh seasonal produce. You can bet this Spring will feature the best in what our WA producers have to offer in several dishes, including vegan meals delivery. My Foodie Box knows that locally sourced, seasonal produce tastes better, and is better for you. It’s just one more reason we can stand confidently behind the quality of Perth’s favourite meal kit delivery service.