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3 Super Easy Ways to Make Perfect Asparagus

3 simple recipes for perfect asparagus every time.

Start by trimming the woody ends off the asparagus spears.  Just bend the spear gently until the end snaps off.   Don't try to save time by cutting the ends off all at once with a knife,  this will leave you with woody ends on some of the spears and wasted yummy parts on others.
 Method 1:Sauteed Asparagus
Melt about a tablespoon of butter in a pan over medium high heat. Add trimmed asparagus spears and cook, turning often, for about 8 minutes until bright green and tender crisp.

To make it extra awesome: use garlic butter and top with toasted sesame seeds. Yummmm.

Method 2: Oven Roasted Asparagus

Place trimmed asparagus spears on a single layer on a cookie sheet or baking tray. Drizzle with some olive oil and a sprinkle of kosher salt. Bake at 325 degrees for about 12 minutes or until fork tender but not too soft.  Turn once or twice during cooking.

Method 3: Grilled Asparagus (my favourite!)
Place the trimmed spears on a large piece of tinfoil and drizzle with olive oil and a sprinkle of kosher salt.  Fold the tinfoil closed tightly around the asparagus and place on barbecue over medium high heat for 10 to 15 minutes.  Serve with steak.  That last part is optional.

Easy, right?  Enjoy this decadent springtime vegetable and let me know how it turns out!

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  1. Asparagus is my favorite! I often use the oven method but will have to try the grill option now that its summer time. :)

  2. I think if you add a buffalo in front if that steak word there and maybe some sweet potato fries, you may have my favorite dinner ever. . . Asparagus season is just my favorite season!

  3. Oven roasted is my favorite ... add a sprinkle of parmesan ... sooo yummy!

  4. You had me at garlic butter :).

  5. I love asparagus, and was really looking forward to enjoying some for dinner last night, Added sliced onion, sliced bell pepper, and asparagus with a little olive oil and gave the basket to my husband to grill since he was grilling burgers. He put the basket on the grill, closed the lid and when he went back in a few minutes, the fire was blazing, all my yummy veggies were black and I was so very disappointed. He kept apologizing, so I couldn't even be mad. Guess what I will be looking for at the farmers market again this week?! And I think I will do the cooking of this next batch :)

  6. I just wrote about asparagus the other day :) - I just boil them for 5 minutes.
    I have a new bunch of asparagus sitting in the fridge right now, I'm going to try your sauteed version, it sounds very good :).

    1. I tried the sauteed version with a little garlic and roasted sesame seeds, and it was so good! Thank you for a new idea, will definitely make this again.

  7. Thank you so much for this! I use to hate asparagus until I had it cooked well. Now I know it's delicious as long as it's properly prepared. Unfortunately for me, I didn't know how to prepare it! Now I do, so thank you!!!

  8. I adore asparagus, my go to method is oven roasting with olive oil, salt and pepper. So delicious. Now I roast all sorts of veggies. I discovered that if you roast brussel sprouts in the same manner they are exquisite.

  9. love asparagus! we eat it grilled, with just a little EVOO and garlic salt!

  10. After reading this I oven roasted some asparagus from the farmer's market with olive oil, salt, lemon juice, and a little garlic powder. I find my little ones are more likely to eat it when I sprinkle with lemon juice. It masks some of the bold flavor. I do that to broccoli too.

  11. Mmmm, sounds yummy! I found some at the Farmers Market the other day! Now I know how to cook it up!:)

  12. This sounds fantastic! Can't wait to give it a try.

  13. Yummm - I love asparagus!! My favorite is to marinate in italian dressing and either roast or grill - SO delish!


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