Asparagus - how do you cook yours?

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    Roxanne Fisher - Health editor - bbcgoodfood.com

Make the most of the short seasonal window and try cooking your asparagus differently this year...

As the asparagus seasonal window cracks open, foodies peer through searching for a recipe, which doesn't involve wrapping in meat or boiling to death. The British asparagus season lasts for just two months, May and June, and, judging by the popularity of our recipes, it seems being denied this veggie delicacy for most of the year makes us crave it even more.

Packed with vitamin A, folic acid and vitamin C as well as being a great source of dietary fibre, asparagus loves being paired with everything from salmon to sundried tomatoes. Want to try something different with your bundle of spears? Our five alternative ways to cook asparagus may help...

 

Baked asparagus risottoBake

Tenderise your stems by baking rather than boiling and retain more of their goodness. Pop alongside your Sunday roast or try pairing with salmon for a nutritious main. Pop in risotto and bake a delectable dish or add puff pastry and mozzarella for a quick and tasty tart - perfect for when friends come calling.

Baked asparagus risotto 
One-pan salmon with roast asparagus 
Asparagus & Parmesan pastries

 

Garden pea & asparagus mousseChill

Want to impress? Whizz cooked asparagus to a purée to make a show-stopping mousse. Pile high in moulds or fill pretty ramekins and serve as a dinner party starter.

Garden pea & asparagus mousse 
Asparagus mousse with ham & red onion

 

Griddled asparagus with flaked almond & butterGriddle

Once the forecast realises it's spring, the garden griddle is a great place for asparagus to be. Simply toss in olive oil and pop on the griddle (undercover or outdoors) until tender. Enjoy on the side of meat and fish or add to warm salads.

Sesame grilled asparagus rafts
Grilled asparagus with flaked almonds & butter

 

Microwave risotto primaveraMicrowave

Food snobs may recoil at the thought of preparing freshly plucked asparagus in the kitchen appliance of convenience - but their scoffing will be quashed with a taste of our speedy risotto. Particularly recommended if you like your stems al dente.

Microwave risotto primavera

 

 

Shaved asparagus saladBlanch

Boil your asparagus briefly until bright green then place in a bowl of ice water to 'shock' and cease the cooking process. As blanching gives you a crisp texture, use this technique when preparing for salads, pasta dishes or before stir-frying.

Warm artichoke & asparagus summer salad
Shaved asparagus salad

 

How do you cook yours? Tell us below.

 

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Cherry Smith's picture

This post has been really helpful. I love asparagus this time of year. I find cooking them in the microwave to be quickest method (which doesn't compromise on taste!) I also found another great post about how to cook asparagus in the microwave - http://magazine.siansplan.com/how-to-cook-asparagus-in-the-microwave/ - has some tasty recipes too, definitely worth a read! :)

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