Cooking asparagus can either be easy or complex, depending on what you want. Asparagus, just like most other vegetables can be eaten raw though it has more health benefits when cooked. If you are on a raw diet, thinner stalks will be great for a green smoothie.
Asparagus cooking methods
- Baking. This method takes about 13 minutes at 350 degrees. You need to dab your sprouts with some olive oil and salt before putting the mixture on aluminium foil to keep it moist. You can also add cheese, pepper and garlic. This is a high heat method and is suitable for thicker sprouts.
Watch how to bake asparagus here:
2. Grilling. You can marinate your asparagus sprouts with olive oil, salt and garlic before grilling. Pepper, lemon and garlic are great for seasoning. You can grill on direct heat or baking sheet. Grill for about 3 minutes while turning.
Watch how to grill marinated asparagus here:
3. Roasting. If you like your asparagus crispy, roasting will work best for you. This method works almost like baking, only that it takes longer. You can spruce it up with lemon zest.
The following video will guide you on how to oven-roast asparagus:
4. Sautéed asparagus. This will take you about 10 minutes. Instead of olive oil, you will use melted butter and instead of an oven, you will use a pan. Arrange your sprouts on the pan, then add salt and garlic. Cover and cook on low heat while stirring frequently.
5. Steaming. This is one of the fastest and easiest ways to cook asparagus. Put some water into the steamer and add your sprouts. Cook for 3-5 minutes then remove from fire. Add salt to taste and serve hot.
6. Boiling. A simple tossing into boiling water can just do the trick.
To preserve the nutrients, asparagus requires low heat and a short cooking duration. If you are health conscious, go for boiling, steaming and stir-frying.