Let's boil asparagus

Photo: Liz West – CC BY 2.0 | cropped to a square


Immediately before cooking asparagus wash, peel and cut off the tough ends (approx. 2 cm).


Asparagus put in the pot (vertically, you can tie a cotton thread) with a small amount of cold water, if we want this to their taste and aroma passed into broth (eg. Cooking soup). If you cook the asparagus as a separate dish, we put them into boiling water - thanks to retain most of their juices. Green asparagus cook in 5-8 minutes. White asparagus cook for 12-15 minutes longer. Time start to count from the time of re-boil water. Immediately after setting with salt (approx. 2 teaspoons to 1 liter of water). It is also slightly sweetened (approx. 1 teaspoon per 1 liter of water). In the middle of the cooking water you can add milk. Boil under cover - this shortens the processing time and reduces the loss of vitamins. To see if asparagus is already cooked, you can stick a fork or a knife. If it falls softly, they are ready.


After cooking, drain off the asparagus. After boiling water containing nutrients can be used for sauces, soups, etc.


Serve sprinkled with browned breadcrumbs and topped with melted butter or olive oil.

Bon appétit!

See how to boil frozen asparagus.