Whether you’re a seasoned chef or a kitchen novice, making the perfect asparagus at home is one hundred percent within your reach. This vegetable is full of nutrients and is a yummy side that will go well with chicken, beef, or pasta.
Selecting the Right Asparagus
The first step is finding good asparagus. You want to look for asparagus that has firm stalks, is a rich green color (avoid any yellow tint), and has stalks that are similar in thickness to ensure even cooking.
Before you start cooking, make sure you wash the asparagus and trim the ends.
From there, you’re ready to cook. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and add some oil or butter. Add the asparagus and cook for 3-5 minutes, tossing frequently, until it’s tender and slightly browned. Add salt and pepper to taste.
This is where the magic happens. To take your asparagus up a notch, add a special finishing touch. Some great options are a sprinkle of fresh lemon zest for some bright flavors, grated parmesan cheese for a savory kick, or toasted almonds for a texture contrast.