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How to prepare asparagus

How to prepare asparagus
Preparing asparagus spears properly involves washing and peeling, then cooking them just right. Here is a simple way to do this.
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Last modified on: June 26th 2013

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PreparationCookingStart to finish
26 min.7 min.33 min.
Keeping: 1 day in the fridge.
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Step by step recipe

Stage 1 - 15 min.
Peel the asparagus: cut 1 cm (1/2 inch) off the bottom, then peel with a vegetable peeler from the bottom upwards, stopping before you reach the tip.

You can see how to do this in the video at the side.

Stage 2 - 5 min.
How to prepare asparagus : Photo of step #2
Rinse the peeled asparagus under running water, paying particular attention to the tips that have not been peeled.

Stage 3 - 7 min.
How to prepare asparagus : Photo of step #3
Bring a large pan of water to the boil, add salt and plunge in the asparagus. Cook for about 7 minutes.

Stage 4 - 1 min.
How to prepare asparagus : Photo of step #4
Check if cooked by sticking a knife into a spear towards the base. It should go through the asparagus quite easily (like through butter).

Stage 5 - 5 min.
How to prepare asparagus : Photo of step #5
Take the asparagus out of the pan and drain thoroughly.

Stage 6
How to prepare asparagus : Photo of step #6
Lay the spears on absorbant paper to wait.

Your asparagus is ready.


If the asparagus spears stay wet once cooked, they risk giving off water when eaten or when used in a recipe. This is why it is important to drain them well after cooking, even using a salad spinner.

You will find a lot of recipes that advise cooking asparagus "in a bundle". I don't find this particularly effective; simply cooking them in boiling water is far quicker.

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% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).

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