Kitchen Tips

How to cook asparagus

Fresh Australian asparagus is finally in its short-but-sweet spring season. To make the most of its abundance, we take you though how to turn out tender, perfectly cooked asparagus.

Nothing says spring like the sight of luscious Australian-grown asparagus on supermarket shelves, farmers markets, and in a variety of healthy recipes.

The versatile veg can jazz up everything from your best savoury tarts to easy quiches and is just as delicious when eaten raw.

When it comes to choosing your bunch, look for firm, bright and smooth spears that are uniform in size with closed compact tips and follow our tricks below to turn out perfect asparagus, every time.

How to keep asparagus fresh

Store asparagus in 
a similar way to freshly cut flowers – stand the spears upright in a container with 1cm of cold water, loosely cover with plastic wrap or damp paper towel and refrigerate.

Fresh asparagus can be enjoyed raw, sliced or shaved into ribbons for a delicious asparagus caesar salad.

How to blanch asparagus

Pour boiling water over the asparagus and stand for 30-60 seconds.

Drain and rinse in 
a bowl of iced water, then drain and pat dry with paper towel.

How to microwave asparagus

Place two bunches of rinsed asparagus in a microwave-safe dish.

Cover and cook on High for 2-3 minutes.

How to roast asparagus

Place two bunches on an oven tray lined with baking paper, drizzle with a little extra virgin olive oil and roast for 
6-8 minutes or until tender.

This story originally appeared in the October 2017 issue of The Australian Women's Weekly. To stay up-to-date with our food experts, you can subscribe to the magazine online via magshop or follow Fran on Facebook.

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