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How do you cook asparagus?

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Check out these 4 easy ways to cook asparagus.

How do you cook asparagus?

Boiled asparagus

  • Fill large pot with water,
  • place the pot over high heat,
  • bring to boil and add the asparagus.
  • Cook for around 2-3 minutes until the asparagus is just tender. Bosh!

Microwaved asparagus

Place asparagus in a microwave-safe dish with 2 tablespoons of water. Cover and microwave on high for about 3 minutes. Stir, and microwave for another 2 to 3 minutes until the spears are firm but tender. Drain and cool.

Oven-roasted or baked asparagus

Place asparagus in a shallow pan or baking tray, drizzle with olive oil and cook in the oven for around 15-20 minutes at high heat (around 200˚) for a golden and crispy finish.

Pan-fried asparagus

Cook with oil or butter in a pan over medium heat until tender. Easy!

Tips

  • Make sure to trim the asparagus before cooking by snapping and removing the tough woody ends of the stalks.
  • Be careful not to over-cook as it can become mushy and it doesn’t taste very nice.
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