How to Cook Asparagus
You'll never trim asparagus with a knife again. Follow Food Network Kitchen's guide for the best way to prep and cook asparagus.
Roast, steam, saute and grill your way to asparagus greatness with these tips and techniques. Making the most of this versatile vegetable is easy. The first step: Put down the knife.
Prep Thin Asparagus
Hold a stalk in the middle and at the stalk end, then bend until it snaps.
Prep Thick Asparagus
Peel the bottom half of a stem, then hold a stalk in the middle and at the end; bend to snap as you would thin asparagus.
Season the Stalks
To roast asparagus: Toss to coat with olive oil, salt and pepper.
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F, then roast the asparagus until lightly browned, about 6 to 7 minutes.
Steam Asparagus Stalks
To steam asparagus: Fill a steamer with a few inches of salted water.
Lay the asparagus in the steamer insert and cook until bright green and crisp-tender, about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes.
Give Them an Ice Bath
Submerge the asparagus in a large bowl of ice water to stop the cooking.
Plate and Serve
Season the asparagus with salt and pepper.
Cut Asparagus for Sauteing
To saute asparagus: Melt equal parts olive oil and butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
Cut asparagus into 2-inch pieces, then add to the skillet. Season with salt and pepper.
Cook Till Tender
Stir the asparagus pieces frequently until tender, about 3 1/2 minutes.
Prep for Grilling
To grill asparagus: Put the asparagus in a resealable plastic bag. Add olive oil, salt and pepper; use the bag to help you evenly coat the asparagus.
Grill to Perfection
Preheat a grill over high heat. Arrange the stalks across the grates, to prevent them from falling through.
Grill until browned and tender, 3 to 4 minutes.