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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For 4 Hows to prepare asparagus, you will need:
  • 1 asparagus 250 g asparagus
  • Total weight: 250 grams

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26 min.7 min.33 min.
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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
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
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
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
Take the asparagus out of the pan and drain thoroughly.

Stage 6
How to prepare asparagus
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.
1 day in the fridge.
Home made.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
70 Kcal or 293 Kj6 gr10 gr1 gr
4 %2 %1 %<1 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
28 Kcal or 117 Kj2 gr4 gr< 1 gr
1 %1 %<1 %<1 %
Per piece
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
18 Kcal or 75 Kj2 gr3 gr< 1 gr
1 %1 %<1 %<1 %
% 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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  • For 4 Hows to prepare asparagus : 1.75 €
  • Per How to prepare asparagus : 0.44 €

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