Tender Asparagus Recipe


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  • Total: 10 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Servings: 4 servings

There's nothing like the first bite of asparagus in spring. This classic seasonal vegetable, with its sweet yet slightly bitter taste, is fresh and delicious no matter how it is prepared.

This side dish recipe doesn't need any other seasoning, although you could add some fresh thyme or dill if you'd like. Make sure that the asparagus is fresh. When you buy it, it should be firm, with no soft or wet spots. The tips should be tightly closed, with no flowers showing.


  • 1 pound asparagus (fresh)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Garnish: pepper (white)

Steps to Make It

  1. Wash the asparagus under cool running water, and trim the ends by snapping them where they break easily.

  2. The asparagus will break at the point between the tender tips and the tougher ends.

  3. Place the asparagus ​in a wide shallow saucepan and cover with cold water by 1/2 inch.

  4. Place the pan on high heat and bring to a boil.

  5. Lower the heat to medium and simmer for 4 to 5 minutes or until asparagus is bright green and just crisp-tender.

  6. Drain thoroughly and return to the pan; add the butter.

  7. Heat over low heat just until the butter melts and coats the asparagus.

  8. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and serve.