One of the healthiest as well as the most beneficial vegetables available in the market is Asparagus. Not only does the vegetable contain very few calories, it also boasts of being fat-free or cholesterol-free. However, the only problem is that most of us do not how to cook Asparagus and turn it into a tasty and delicious dish. Not only can you boil or steam the nutritious vegetable, you can also roast, grill or even blanch it. Thereafter, serving it with hollandaise sauce will greatly add to its taste. In the following lines, we have provided some Asparagus cooking tips, which will tell you some of the best ways to cook the vegetable.
- The first thing to be done before cooking Asparagus is to clean it properly. Wash the vegetable in cool water, in order to remove any residual soil or sand.
- Bend the spears of Asparagus, so that they snap at the natural breaking point, to remove the woody bottoms.
Boil the asparagus in a wide skillet, with the water being salty and reaching up to 1 inch of the skillet. Let it cook for 3 to 5 minutes and then, take out from water and rinse with cool water.
Use kitchen string to tie a bundle of asparagus spears, under the tips and near the bottom. Take a tall pot and fill it with water, up to 2 inches, and let it boil. After the water starts boiling, put in the asparagus bundle (end first). Cover and steam for 5-8 minutes. Finally, rinse with cool water.
Take the baking sheet and coat it with nonstick cooking spray. Thereafter, heat the oven at 450 degree and place the asparagus on the sheet. Let it roast for 10-15 minutes. Instead of cooking spray, you can also dab some little olive oil over the asparagus before roasting.
Cut the spears of the asparagus into 1½ -2 inch pieces. Put a teaspoon of sesame or olive oil in a pan and heat it a little. Thereafter, put the cut asparagus spears in the pan and stir fry for 3-4 minutes. You can also use black bean sauce or garlic and ginger for stir frying the asparagus.
Buy the thickest asparagus spears you can find in the market. Spray the grill with olive oil spray and preheat it on medium-high heat. Thereafter, place the spears on the grill and cook for about 5-8 minutes. Make sure to turn the spears occasionally, so that they cook from all the sides.
For using asparagus in salads or other cold dishes, boil or steam the. Immediately after, put them in icy cold water. This will help to avoid over cooking of the spears as well as ensure their crispness. Thereafter, peel off the outer layer and enjoy your asparagus.
Preheat the microwave at medium-high heat. Thereafter, lay the asparagus in a microwave-safe baking dish. Make sure that the tips of the spears point towards center. Add 4 cup of water, cover the dish and put it in the microwave. Cook for 4-5 minutes.
- Whether you steam, boil or grill asparagus, adding butter, salt and pepper will definitely add to its taste.
- Garnishing lemon juice, butter, chopped sautéed shallots, minced sautéed garlic or chopped parsley to cooked asparagus makes it more delicious.