It’s finally that time again: there’s fresh asparagus from the region. Yes, it is a bit of luxury. No other vegetable adorns itself with labels such as “King Vegetables” or “White Gold”, and German asparagus is the most expensive in all of Europe. But well prepared, it is also quite simply a delight. Whether in a pan, steamed, in the oven or on the grill, you can cook it in different ways. We reveal what matters.
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How long should the asparagus cook in the pot?
Generally: White asparagus will cook for about 12 to 15 minutes in the jar.
By the way, with the help of a quick and easy trick, you can find out in seconds whether the asparagus is cooked or not. To do this, you just need to fish a rod out of the water with a fork. If the stick bends a lot on the fork, then the asparagus is nice and soft.
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Alternatively, you can pierce the end of any asparagus tip with a fork or knife. If the stick is soft in the thickest part but still has some resistance, then it’s done and ready to eat.
Besides: Green asparagus cooks about eight minutes in the jar.
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How to prepare asparagus in the oven?
Asparagus has a particularly intense flavor when you bake it in the oven. To do this, carefully peel the asparagus and cut off the ends. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees (top and bottom heat). Place two layers of aluminum foil on top of each other. Place a portion of asparagus (approx. 6-8 sticks) per foil pair on the foil. Add two teaspoons of butter to each, sprinkle with a teaspoon of sugar and a pinch of salt. Place two slices of lemon on each.
Now it is very important to pack the asparagus tightly. To do this, close the first sheet of foil in a wrapper (not too tight) and fold the ends over. Then place the second piece of foil around it. Then he comes Asparagus in the oven – at 200 degrees for 35-45 minutes.
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How to steam or fry asparagus?
Steamed asparagus also retains all of its flavor. For this too, the asparagus must first be peeled and stripped of the woody ends. You need a pot with a steamer basket and a lid. This pot is filled with about two centimeters of water. Now the asparagus go into the steamer. The asparagus should not touch the water at the bottom of the pot. Cover the pot and bring the water to a boil. The tender sticks are gently steamed at temperatures of around 100 degrees. Steamed asparagus is ready after about 30 minutes.
Green asparagus in particular is also ideal for roasting. Wash the asparagus and cut off the woody ends. Leave the asparagus whole. Peel the garlic and leave whole pieces. Heat a little olive oil in a large pan and fry the asparagus for four minutes. Lower the heat and add the garlic cloves. Fry the asparagus for another five minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer in the pan with the balsamic vinegar and a little sugar.
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Can you grill asparagus?
You can also cook the asparagus on the grill. To do this, you need to wrap the asparagus in foil, as when baking in the oven. The bundle of asparagus is then placed on the grill for 20 to 30 minutes. Green asparagus goes straight on the grill and takes about ten to twelve minutes to cook.