I love fresh asparagus, and this is a quick and easy recipe that is very healthy for you.
For our family of four, we use about 1-2 bunches of asparagus at a time, and serve it as a side.
It is recommended to store asparagus with the stems in water until you are ready to use it.
For this recipe, you will need:
~ butter (approx. 1 Tbsp) – you can use vegan butter if preferred
~ fresh garlic, sliced or minced (as desired!)
~ salt & pepper (to taste)
Start by washing the asparagus and removing the hard ends of the stems. We usually do this by hand (rather than slicing off the ends). You simply bend the end of the asparagus, and the harder part will break off.
Cut the remainder of the asparagus into bite-size pieces, about 1-2″ long. If you prefer, especially for purposes of presentation, you can leave the asparagus whole.
Mince up a couple cloves of fresh garlic. I like to make slices or mince, and you can really use as much as you like – sometimes I go heavy on the garlic!
Saute the ingredients together. Ideally you want to melt the butter before adding the asparagus and garlic.
Remove from heat as soon as the asparagus begins to appear “wrinkly” or start to turn brown, which should be about 5 minutes or less. We like our asparagus cooked lightly, just enough so that it doesn’t get stringy or tough, and stays fresh and crunchy. You can always test pieces as you are cooking the dish.
Add salt and pepper to taste (we are fans of Himalayan salt).