Simple Spring Sauteed Asparagus

I’ve mentioned before how much I’ve grown to love asparagus recently (see post on grilling asparagus here). Until last week, the weather has meant no grilling, so we had to find new ways to prepare this wonderful spring vegetable. So I give you simple sauteed asparagus.

3 tablespoons butter
1 bunch fresh asparagus
3 cloves garlic, minced
Yes, just three ingredients.

Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. You want a pan big enough that the asparagus is in one layer and not stacked on top of each other. Add the garlic and cook for about one minute. Then add the asparagus spears (again in a single layer). cover and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until asparagus is tender. Don’t over cook! As soon as the asparagus is tender remove it from the heat.

My opinion:
I know what you’re thinking, this is so simple how could it possibly be that amazing? It is. Simple ingredients let the main star, the perfect spring asparagus, shine. I’m sure if you try it, you’ll be surprised. But of course, if you aren’t let me know!

Easiest Grilled Asparagus

I’m a recent convert to the deliciousness that is asparagus. I recently had the grilled asparagus at the Drunken Fish in St. Louis’ Central West End. They were delicious! I also figured they couldn’t be that hard to recreate. So when I saw a miso, wasabi and ginger salad dressing at the local grocery, I knew I had to try it. Luckily, this dish was slightly better than the one at the  Drunken Fish.

Bundle of asparagus (about 8-12 spears is a serving)
1-2 tablespoons miso, wasabi and ginger salad dressing
sesame seeds

Heat grill. Coat asparagus in dressing and let marinate while the grill is heating up. Toss on grill. Flip after about 2 minutes. Do this about 3 times for crisper spears, longer cooking for less crunchy. Remove from grill and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

My Opinion:
This might be my new favorite side dish. The wasabi adds that tiny bit of heat that was missing from the original dish.