I feel like these “how to cook” articles could be boring, but the internet guru says that’s what you’re looking for these days, so here’s my two cents on how to cook asparagus. Asparagus is great or gross, depending on who you ask – we’re a house divided… It gives you the added bonus of being healthy (and weird-smelling urine…more on that here. It’s polarizing, one of those foods that people either love or hate, and people can’t seem to agree on how to cook it, either. The good news is that asparagus is really easy to cook either way. Any of these methods is sure to impress your audience. It’s not really a recipe, more of a guideline…

How to cook asparagus - asparagus trimmed on a cutting board

Rinse asparagus thoroughly and cut off the ends.

Asparagus should be bright and fresh, and will keep for a couple of days in the fridge. Make sure it’s well-washed and trimmed of any tough ends. Some will say just do the natural break thing, but I think that usually takes off more than you need to. You can also split and cook the thicker parts if you don’t want to waste them, but cut off the hardest part of the end either way.

To bake, spread asparagus on a cookie sheet in a single layer, then drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 to 15 minutes or until browned. Remove from oven and serve immediately.

To boil asparagus, use a large pot and put enough water in to cover the asparagus. Boil for 5-10 minutes, depending on how thick your stalks are.

To broil asparagus, spread out the stalks on a cookie sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Broil until slightly browned, 5 to 7 minutes.

How to cook asparagus - asparagus roasted in a pan with lemon slices

To grill asparagus, set the heat to high and put the stalks directly onto the grill. Cook until tender, turning occasionally, about 5 minutes.

So which one is best? It’s the grill for me…

Asparagus is rich in nutrients, including vitamins A, C, and K, as well as fiber, folate, and potassium. It also contains no cholesterol or fat.

Asparagus is also low in calories (about 20 calories per 1/2 cup) but high in nutrition with just 2 grams of carbohydrates per serving. It’s an ideal choice if you want to eat healthier without sacrificing flavor. For some protein, add crumbled boiled egg on top. Which reminds, me, eggs of all kinds go great with asparagus.

In the mood for artichokes instead? We’ve got you covered here.... Happy cooking!

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