SPRING – The Joy of Asparagus | Seasonal Cooking

Get your asparagus on this Spring.

Shaved Asparagus Salad | Salads | Summer | A Life Time of Cooking

Spring Asparagus is in a class of its own. Fresh, gentle, spring green and tender stalks – for me, so evocative of hot steamy days and the typical Australian BBQ with a large plate of char grilled asparagus stalks with lemon and sea salt.

I have been baking it lately, wrapping it in foil with butter, lemon juice and sea salt, or with some white wine, butter and sea salt. Popped in an oven for 15 or 20 minutes and the resulting tender and flavoured asparagus is meltingly tender. Asparagus and butter is a perfect match determined by some golden deity many eons ago.

Asparagus in Botanic Gardens


The gentleness of asparagus means that is is just right for a range of dishes, from salads to soups, to hot and steamy to chilled and icy. From whole stalks to creamy purees. Grilled, BBQ’d, baked, steamed or lightly simmered.

Salads, Risottos, Soups

Throw them into salads to make the salad exotic. Make a shaved salad with asparagus, or one with asparagus, tiny potatoes, oil, lemon squeeze and chopped herbs. Stir steamed asparagus through buttery rice or make a risotto with them. Mix them with capers. Make a vichyssoise. A quick soup. Or a cream of asparagus soup.

Asparagus Risotto


Sprinkle grated parmesan over the stalks as they come out of the cooking medium – I particularly like parmesan over asparagus cooked in a foil packet with butter, lemon and salt. Or melt bocconcini balls over hot hot asparagus. Feta or ricotta is just fine too. Or roast some cherry tomatoes and crush them roughly to make a quick rustic sauce for the hot stalks. Or finely grate lemon zest over hot stalks.

BBQ’d or Grilled

Toss stalks with a mixture of olive oil and lemon juice, scatter with salt and black pepper. Grill over the BBQ or on a stove top grill pan,  and drizzle with the remaining lemon juice and oil mixture when cooked. Or marinate some eggplant and cook on the BBQ with Tomatoes and Asparagus.


An unusual Spanish spiced asparagus comes from an article from eons ago by Diane Holuigue.

The Joy of Asparagus


Go Chinese and stir fry chopped stalks with garlic, using shao hsing wine and water to steam the stalks at the last minutes, and dress with Chinese black vinegar and Chinese sesame oil.

Get your Spring Asparagus and try these recipes.

Shaved Asparagus Salad | Salads | Summer | A Life Time of Cooking


Asparagus Soup

BBQ'd Asparagus in Pastry with Cream and Fresh Pecarino | A Life (Time) of Cooking | Vegetarian Recipes | Aparagus | BBQ

Green Mung Bean Soup with Asparagus and Tomatoes | A Life (Time) of Cooking | Indian Recipes

Asparagus Pesto

Asparagus Soup Recipe

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Author: Ganga108

Heat in the Kitchen, Cooking with Spirit. Temple junkie, temple builder, temple cleaner. Lover of life, people, cultures, travel. Champion of growth, change and awareness. Taker of photos. Passionate about family. Happy.

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