Raw & cooked asparagus with lemon & parmesan butter served in an oval dish

Raw & cooked asparagus with lemon & parmesan butter

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 10 mins


Serves 6

Celebrate asparagus with this lovely side dish tossed in a zesty lemon and parmesan butter. Serve alongside fish dishes, such as roasted salmon

Nutrition and extra info

  • Gluten-free
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal144
  • fat12g
  • saturates8g
  • carbs2g
  • sugars2g
  • fibre2g
  • protein5g
  • salt0.3g
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  • 600g medium-length asparagus



    Labour-intensive to grow, asparagus are the young shoots of a cultivated lily plant. They're…

  • 75g butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • ½ lemon, zested and juiced



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

  • 30g parmesan or vegetarian alternative, grated



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…


  1. Trim about two thirds of the asparagus to get rid of any woody ends, then set aside. Peel the remaining into ribbons using a vegetable peeler and tip into a bowl.

  2. Gently heat the butter, lemon zest and juice and lots of black pepper in a small saucepan. Stir in half the parmesan and keep warm. 

  3. Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil and cook the trimmed asparagus for about 2 mins until just cooked. Drain and tip into the bowl with the asparagus ribbons. Toss everything with the buttery sauce and the remaining parmesan. Season to taste, then serve.

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