The window for new-season asparagus is short but oh so tasty. Best eaten soon after it’s picked, the imported, year-round stuff really doesn’t compare to the real thing. So if you’re wondering how to cook asparagus, don’t despair. There’s so much you can do with it.
Arguably, the simpler you serve it the better, blanched for a minute or so and enjoyed with just a drizzle of olive oil. Other times, you want something that requires a little more effort. Here are our favourite asparagus recipes to help you out.
1. Rise & shine: asparagus for breakfast
The sweetness of new-season asparagus pairs perfectly with the richness of super-fresh eggs and dukkah – a Middle Eastern savoury blend of toasted hazelnuts, sesame seeds, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, salt and pepper. Boiled eggs and asparagus ‘soldiers’ are well worth it too.
2. Fabulous frittata
A true celebration of short-season produce, this frittata pairs asparagus, Jersey Royals and wild garlic. Get in there quick before the season finishes!
3. Salad days
Potato salads might be in vogue at this time of year, but what about using asparagus instead. This super simple, healthy salad is an alternative way of using this season’s asparagus. Shaved raw, it is crisp and delicate. Dressed simply with lemon zest, olive oil and toasted pine nuts; it’s a great accompaniment to fish or as part of a barbecue feast.
4. Asparagus & wild garlic risotto
We believe that what grows together, goes together. That’s why springtime treasures, wild garlic and asparagus, are a match made in heaven in this silky and creamy risotto. Use root-to-tip cooking to get the maximum flavour out of each ingredient – asparagus stalks to flavour the stock, wild garlic leaves blitz into a vibrant green oil and its pretty little flowers to add a fresh burst to the finished dish. If you don’t have wild garlic, swap in a small garlic clove and other soft fresh herbs, like parsley and basil.
5. On the BBQ
Lightly charred asparagus, eaten simply with a squeeze of lemon juice, is a brilliant addition to barbecue season. Lightly coat your asparagus with olive oil, season with salt and pepper and barbecue over a medium-high heat for 2 to 3 minutes until bar-marked and al-dente.
This article was originally published in April 2018.
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Looking for more seasonal recipe ideas? Find out five ridiculously easy ways to eat wild garlic, try this patatas bravas recipe with roasted Jersey Royals or celebrate rainbow chard with this simple recipe.