Asparagus is quite easy to cook. And one of the easiest ways to cook them is by boiling them in water along with some salt. Other ways of cooking asparagus include blanching, roasting, baking, pan-frying, grilling, and steaming.
Asparagus is full of nutrients including vitamin K, vitamin A, fiber, iron, and some B-group vitamins. They are well-appreciated for their incredible taste, especially when they are cooked. Many people love eating a lot of them particularly when their season hits, because that is when their price drops. Asparagus are a little bit expensive when compared to other vegetables. This is probably due to the whole lot of effort that is required in growing these crops.
Now, let’s look at how asparagus can be boiled. But before that, here are some tips to prepare your freshly bought asparagus for cooking.
You can start by using a sharp knife to cut the bottom part of the stalks, usually about 1 to 2 inches. You can then peel the asparagus, by laying them flat, one after the other, on a cutting board. If you can’t peel them with knife, you can use a kitchen vegetable peeler to do the job. After peeling, your asparagus stalks are now ready to be boiled. You can follow the procedure below.
Boiled Asparagus Recipe
- Place just a few inches of water in a large skillet or pot, just enough to hold the asparagus stalks.
- Add one or two teaspoons of salt to the water, depending on how much your contents are.
- Allow water to boil thoroughly.
- Now add your asparagus stalks, and cook until tender, usually for about 5-7 minutes. Cooking time mostly depends on the thickness of the stalks, as thin stalks can be ready anything between 3-5 minutes, while very thick stalks can reach up to 12 minutes. Whatever the case may be, you should not over boil them. You can avoid over-boiling by checking for tenderness frequently while cooking.
- Once tender, drain asparagus stalks, and transfer onto a serving platter.
Asparagus are full of health benefits ranging from fighting infertility, reducing excess cholesterol, fighting rheumatism, preventing constipation, to aiding weight loss. I have written as extensive post back with scientific facts on that. You can read about asparagus health benefits here.