The Single BEST Way To Cook Asparagus Spears!
Asparagus is delicious. With a natural, grassy taste that’s bright and fresh, there’s nothing quite like a perfectly cooked asparagus spear. However, many people think that the best way to cook asparagus spears is by steaming or boiling them – which results in limp, flavorless asparagus.
If you’re interested in learning the best way to cook asparagus spears, check out this quick guide! We’ll teach you the basics about cooking asparagus, and show you our favorite method and recipe!
Pan-Frying/Sauteing – The Best Way To Cook Asparagus Spears
Vegetables like asparagus, brussel sprouts, and other intensely-flavored greens benefit hugely from the dry heat of the frying process.
When boiled or steamed, they tend to “sit” in their own juices – which can bring out some nasty flavors, which smell vaguely rotten or sulfuric. There’s a reason you probably still don’t like boiled brussels sprouts!
In contrast, the more dry, intense heat of pan-frying or sauteing can help bring out a more bright, delicious taste. The vegetables are cooked more quickly, and you can introduce more flavors to the party – which is always a good thing!
That’s why we think pan-frying or sauteing is the best way to cook asparagus spears! And if you try out our recipe below, we’re sure you’ll agree!
The Best Way – Cook Asparagus Spears With This Method!
To get started, you’ll need:
- A non-stick skillet
- Olive oil
- 2 (or more!) slices of bacon, chopped into small pieces
- 2 bunches of asparagus, washed, trimmed, and cut into 1-inch sections
- 1 green onion (chopped)
- salt/black pepper (coarse)
- Freshly grated Parmesan cheese (to taste)
Once you’ve got all these ingredients, it’s time to get cookin’!
- Begin by heating your non-stick skillet over high heat. Add a small amount of olive oil.
- When your pan has heated through, add your bacon to the pan. Lower the heat to medium, and brown the bacon until it’s crisp and thoroughly cooked. Remove and drain to paper towels.
- Add asparagus and chopped green onion to pan. Season generously with salt and pepper. Cook until tender – approximately 5-10 minutes.
- Remove from heat, stir in bacon and Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.
This recipe brings out the nutty, delicious flavors of the asparagus, by partnering your asparagus spears with savory bacon, the tart bitterness of Parmesan cheese, and the fresh taste of green onions (shallots). Even if you’re not a huge fan of asparagus, this recipe is sure to change your mind.
You can even augment this recipe to fit your particular tastes! Not a fan of green onions? Skip ‘em – and add some parsley and dijon mustard for a flavorful, delicious dish!
The recipe you use to cook your asparagus is totally up to you – but if you use a dry heat method like pan frying or sauteing, you’re sure to have fantastic results!