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Keep it Simple with Broiled Asparagus

Updated: Nov 8, 2023

Spring is here and it's officially asparagus season!


This perennial springtime vegetable is truly seasonal eating at its finest.


If you have your own asparagus patch you know exactly what I'm talking about: one week there's no asparagus, and then suddenly you are harvesting them daily (sometimes twice a day!) and sharing them with everyone you know.


If you are like me and only eat asparagus in season then you know that you eat it until you are almost sick of it and then you get to wait another year for its bounty.


We are in the thick of asparagus season now and I've got the easiest recipe to share. It's quick and you can modify the flavor profile any way you like. That's my kind of recipe.



Broiled Asparagus

It is so simple you don’t need a broiled asparagus recipe.


Try it, memorize the principles, and then make it over and over!


All you need to know is the basic cook time and the simple seasoning.


Here’s how to broil asparagus:

  • Trim the ends of the asparagus.

  • Line a baking sheet with foil. (Optional, but makes for easy cleanup!)

  • Put asparagus on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt.

  • Add 4 lemon wheels right to the tray. This adds lemon flavor as the asparagus cooks.

  • Broil for 3 minutes, stir, then 2 to 3 minutes more. Cook until the thickest parts of the asparagus are tender when pierced with a fork.

If you're feeling creative, below are additional sauces or flavors that pair well with asparagus.

  • lemon and tahini sauce

  • creamy dijon mustard

  • garlic butter

  • lemon dijon mustard

  • hollandaise sauce

  • lemon garlic aioli

  • creamy parmesan sauce

  • balsamic sauce

  • cheddar cheese sauce

  • gruyere parmesan sauce

  • balsamic soy butter sauce

With this simple method and all the flavorful sauces that blend beautifully with asparagus, you'll be set for this year's harvest.


Do you have a favorite way to cook asparagus, a favorite dish, or a favorite sauce? Let me know!


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