How to Cook Spargel, the Easy Method

White asparagus, chopping board and peeler
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  • 40 mins
  • Prep: 30 mins,
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: 1 Pound (1 Serving)
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German white asparagus ("Spargel") is easy to cook and serve. Follow these instructions and make some "Dampfkartoffeln" to go with them. Serve with melted butter, and deli ham, both cooked and dried (like Prosciutto). A dry white wine rounds out the meal.

What You'll Need

  • 1 pound white asparagus ​(per person, cleaned and peeled)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter

How to Make It

  1. Find a pan with a tight-fitting lid, either wide enough to take the asparagus lying down, or tall enough to have the asparagus standing up, with their heads out of the water but below the brim.
  2. Fill the pan with water halfway (if asparagus is lying down fill three-quarters of the way).
  3. Add the salt, sugar, and butter and bring the water to a gentle boil.
  4. Place the peeled asparagus either lying down in the pan or standing up in an asparagus basket (it helps if you tie them into bundles with kitchen twine) that fits inside a tall asparagus or spaghetti cooker. Turn down heat to a simmer. Put on lid.
  1. Boil the asparagus 8 to 10 minutes or until soft enough for your liking.
  2. Remove from pan, drain somewhat and place on a preheated serving tray. Serve immediately with ham, melted butter and new, boiled potatoes and Hollandaise sauce, if you wish.
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 226
Total Fat 12 g
Saturated Fat 7 g
Unsaturated Fat 3 g
Cholesterol 31 mg
Sodium 12 mg
Carbohydrates 26 g
Dietary Fiber 10 g
Protein 10 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)