Asparagus is a tasty and nutritious vegetable that is not only delicious but easy to cook. But for those who are just starting to learn how to cook, it can be intimidating. That’s why I’m here to help you get started – here’s a guide on how to cook fresh asparagus.
What You Need
When it comes to cooking asparagus, there are a few essential items that you’ll need to get started. Here’s a quick list of the items you’ll need:
- Fresh asparagus
- Olive oil
- Salt & pepper
- Garlic (optional)
Preparing the Asparagus
Before you start cooking, you’ll need to prepare your asparagus. Start by washing them in cold water and then patting them dry. Once they’re dry, you’ll want to trim off the tough ends. To do this, simply hold the asparagus at the base and bend it until it snaps off.
Cooking the Asparagus
Once your asparagus is prepped, it’s time to start cooking. For this recipe, you’ll be cooking the asparagus in a pan on the stovetop. Begin by heating your pan over medium-high heat and adding a few tablespoons of olive oil. Once the oil is hot, add your asparagus to the pan and season with salt and pepper. If you’d like, you can also add some minced garlic for extra flavor.
The cooking time for asparagus will vary depending on how thick the spears are and how you like your asparagus cooked. Here’s a handy guide to help you decide how long to cook your asparagus:
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Once your asparagus has cooked to your desired doneness, simply remove it from the pan and enjoy. If you’d like, you can also drizzle it with a bit of lemon juice or balsamic vinegar for a bit of extra flavor.
Cooking fresh asparagus doesn’t have to be intimidating – with a few simple tips and a bit of practice, you’ll be cooking asparagus like a professional chef in no time. So don’t worry, be “happy” (like the song says) and get cooking.
Now that you know the basics of cooking fresh asparagus, it’s time to “get your apron ready and your spatula steady” and start cooking. Have fun and enjoy your delicious asparagus!