German White Asparagus (Spargel)

Cook white asparagus Spargel recipe

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Prep: 30 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 40 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Yield: 1 pound
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
54 Calories
3g Fat
6g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 331mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 9mg 44%
Calcium 27mg 2%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 255mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

German white asparagus (Spargel) is easy to cook and serve. Follow these instructions and make some German boiled potatoes (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.


  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 teaspoon sugar

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

  • 1 pound white asparagus

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for German white asparagus
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  2. Fill a pot or pan with a tight-fitting lid halfway with water and add the salt, sugar, and butter.

    Fill pot with water
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  3. Cover, and bring to a low boil over high heat.

    Cover lid
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  4. Clean the asparagus by snapping off the woody end of each spear, where it bends naturally.

    Clean asparagus
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  5. Using a vegetable peeler, and starting about 1 1/2 inch from the tip of each spear, peel away the remaining tough outer layer.

    Shave asparagus
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  6. Place the prepared asparagus either lying down in the pan or standing up in an asparagus basket that fits inside a tall asparagus or spaghetti cooker. Cover, and reduce heat to medium to keep the water at a simmer.

    Asparagus in boiling water
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  7. Cook the asparagus 8 to 10 minutes, or until a knife inserted in one stalk comes out smoothly.

    Cook asparagus
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  8. Remove from pan, drain and serve immediately. Serve immediately with ham, melted butter, and boiled new potatoes and Hollandaise sauce, if you wish.

    Drain asparagus
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  • If using a tall asparagus pot, it can be helpful to tie the asparagus into bundles with kitchen twine for ease of transfer.
  • Cooked white asparagus is a fantastic accompaniment to ham and boiled new potatoes with melted butter or Hollandaise sauce.