Here’s a really simple way to serve asparagus AND dress it up a bit. Below is a video demonstration of making the dish. The written recipe follows the video link.
Easy Steamed Asparagus
Makes About 4 Servings
1 bunch fresh asparagus
1 to 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil, butter, or ghee
1 or 2 lemon wedges, or to taste
Salt to taste
Sesame seeds, optional garnish*
Wash and trim the tough ends from the asparagus stalks. Cut them into bite-size pieces; set aside.
Place a steamer basket in a large pot with a tight-fitting lid. Add water to a level that comes below the basket. Bring the water to boil over high heat.
Place the prepared asparagus in the steamer basket and cover the pot. Steam for 3 to 5 minutes, until the asparagus is crisp-tender, or as tender as you prefer. Immediately transfer the asparagus to your serving bowl. Drizzle with oil, melted butter or ghee, the juice of 1 or 2 lemon wedges (or more if you want more lemon flavor), and salt to taste. Toss to combine. Sprinkle lightly with sesame seeds, if desired, and serve.
* If preferred, to enhance the flavor of the sesame seeds, they can be toasted in advance. Place them in a dry skillet over medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes, until lightly browned. Stir or shake the pan occasionally. Watch them carefully so they don’t burn. When lightly toasted, remove them from the hot pan and allow them to cool as you prepare the asparagus.
Julia W. Klee (Judi) began her journey enjoying “all things food” in elementary school when she started preparing meals for her family. That love of food blossomed into a quest to learn more and more about health and wellness as related to nutrition. She went on to earn a BS Degree in Food and Nutrition, then an MS Degree in Nutrition. She has taught nutrition and related courses at the college level to pre-nursing and exercise science students. Her hunger to learn didn’t stop upon graduation from college. She continues to research on a regular basis about nutrition as it relates to health. Her hope is to help as many people as possible to enjoy foods that promote health and wellness.