The Best Recipes for Asparagus Season
There’s so much to love about spring, but I most especially enjoy ushering in new vegetables, and early spring means asparagus is back! Asparagus should always be seasonal and fresh, so it’s a run, don’t walk moment. Now is the time to prepare asparagus in so many different ways, and I have some wonderful recipes for asparagus. Spring is the time to try something new, so get out your most beautiful dishes to celebrate the season and serve a dish you’ve never made before.
Asparagus 101: Teri’s Tips and Tricks for Perfectly Cooked Spears Every Time!
I have a few must-dos that will help you welcome asparagus season!
- No matter what dish you’re making, it’s important to snap off those woody ends. Asparagus will break off where it’s meant to.
- Also, asparagus is not meant to be overcooked!
- Asparagus can be stored in the fridge for up to five days. No need to wash it until you’re ready to cook. Trim the bottoms, fill a jar or glass with an inch of cold water, and stand the stalks on end.
Aside from woody tips and overcooking, there’s almost no way to ruin it. It should be green and slightly crisp when you take it home.
Teri’s favorite way to prep fresh asparagus for use in recipes.
I love to blanch or par-cook fresh asparagus before cooking so that it keeps its color.
To blanch asparagus:
Have a large bowl of ice water ready, then bring an inch of salted water to boil. Add the asparagus, cook for 3-4 minutes until bright green and crisp-tender, then plunge the asparagus into the ice bath. Blanched asparagus is lovely to serve in risotto.
Spring into Flavor with These Delicious Recipes for Asparagus!
There are so many delicious ways to celebrate asparagus season. Below are a few of my favorites.
Making asparagus soup is as easy as gently cooking your asparagus, then blending it with chicken stock or vegetable stock. That’s it! So simple and delicious. Such an extraordinarily lovely soup!
For a great risotto, have your blanched asparagus ready, then add it to the rice at the end of the cooking time. You can warm some butter on the stove and drizzle it over the risotto before adding it too. Your asparagus will maintain its shape and look beautiful in the risotto. This dish is one of my favorite ways to celebrate asparagus season!
Savor the Sweetness with My Sister’s Method for Making Caramelized Asparagus!
My sister had a wonderful way to prepare asparagus. She cut it into bite-sized pieces then sautéed it. Then right at the end of cooking, she added about a tablespoon of brown sugar, which caramelized. It was absolutely lovely.
More of Teri’s favorite recipes for asparagus to try this season!
Spring Minestrone Soup
Some people might think that with the weather warming, soups would be out the window. That is not the case for me. Soups are a year-round delight. In spring, I love making vegetable-forward soups for spring, and a Spring Minestrone is perfect to enjoy all season long.
Grilled Vegetable Summer Salad
This grilled vegetable summer salad is easy to throw together with what you have on hand. For this one, I used peppers, asparagus, zucchini, potatoes, and sausage. Have fun with what’s available in your area and what’s in season! That’s what I love about a recipe like this. It’s so customizable and in many ways, fool proof! What could be better?
An Easy Pasta Primavera Recipe for Spring
Welcome spring with a vibrant dish that’s perfect for the season, an easy Pasta Primavera recipe made with California Grown produce!
Whole30 Crispy Chicken with Asparagus and Sweet Potatoes
This recipe is perfect for weeknight eating! It is so simple that you will be surprised that a dish so simple can be this delicious!
Asparagus with Zesty Garlic-Tahini Avocado Dressing
As a vegetable-forward gal who spends a third of the year in California, I love the selection of fresh California produce. Did you know that California farmers provide more than 70% of the nation’s asparagus? It’s true and this is a fabulous recipe to indulge in them.
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