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10 Amazing Asparagus Recipes

10 Amazing Asparagus Recipes

Here are ten tasty ways to enjoy the heck out of those tender green spears while they’re at their most delicious. Asparagus season is a glorious but all-too-brief affair so make some of these while you still can!

As is usually the case with my round-ups, the first seven are from my own blog and I’ve rounded out the selection with three more recipes that made me drool. Hope you enjoy — just remember to hold your nose when you pee!

1. Parmesan-garlic grilled asparagus. A very easy but rather decadent way of preparing asparagus. Toss the spears in olive oil, garlic and parmesan cheese then toss them onto the grill. So good!

Parmesan garlic grilled asparagus by Eve Fox, the Garden of Eating, copyright 2013
Prepping parmesan garlic grilled asparagus by Eve Fox, the Garden of Eating.


2. Lemon aioli with asparagus, roasted beets and oven fries
. This dish takes a bit more prep time than most of the recipes included here but it is soooo worth it. A vegetarian spring feast awaits you, complete with perfectly cooked oven fries (thanks to directions from Cooks Illustrated), sweet roasted beets, fresh asparagus and a homemade lemon aioli.

Asparagus, roasted beets and oven fries with homemade lemon aioli by Eve Fox, the Garden of Eating, copyright 2012
Asparagus, roasted beets & oven fries with homemade lemon aioli by Eve Fox, the Garden of Eating.


3. Grilled asparagus in a sesame-soy-ginger-garlic marinade.
Let the asparagus spears soak up the flavor of this sweet, spicy Asian-style marinade all day, then throw them onto the grill for a quick cook.

Grilled asparagus in an Asian-inspired marinade by Eve Fox, the Garden of Eating, copyright 2013
Grilled asparagus in ginger, sesame, soy, garlic marinade by Eve Fox, the Garden of Eating.


4. Asparagus with goat cheese and candied pecans.
This recipe came from our next-door neighbors who made this one night when they’d invited us over for dinner. I’ve since made it many times and the combination of the fresh flavor of the asparagus with the creamy goat cheese, crunchy and sweet candied nuts never fails to impress (just omit the bacon for a vegetarian version.)

Asparagus with goat cheese and candied pecans by Eve Fox, the Garden of Eating, copyright 2011
Asparagus with goat cheese and candied pecans by Eve Fox, the Garden of Eating.


5. Bacon asparagus pizza with caramelized onions and fresh basil.
My most recent discovery, this pizza can be made with leftover asparagus should you ever fail to devour them all in the first sitting. Asparagus joins sweet, caramelized onions, crispy bacon, fresh basil and a mix of fresh mozzarella and goat cheese to make a surefire success.

Bacon asparagus pizza with caramelized onions and fresh basil by Eve Fox, the Garden of Eating, copyright 2014
Bacon asparagus pizza by Eve Fox, the Garden of Eating.


6. Quick roasted asparagus with garlic.
One of my go-to ways to prepare asparagus – this is quick, easy and, most importantly, very very good! You can also grill this if the weather is good.

Quick roasted asparagus with garlic by Eve Fox, the Garden of Eating, copyright 2010
Roasted asparagus with garlic by Eve Fox, The Garden of Eating.

7. Pickled asparagus spears. Since we’re at the tail end of the asparagus season, these pickled spears are a perfect way to preserve the unique flavor of spring for many months to come. The vinegar, sugar and spices amp up the natural umami of the asparagus, making for a uniquely tasty treat with a surprising flavor. Hat tip to Marisa at Food In Jars for the inspiration.

Pickled asparagus spears by Eve Fox, the Garden of Eating, copyright 2014
Pickled asparagus spears by Eve Fox, The Garden of Eating.


8.
Shaved asparagus, fennel, and piave cheese salad with meyer lemon caper vinaigrette. An addictive salad made with raw, shaved asparagus, capers, fresh fennel, light, floral meyer lemon, salty cheese and more from Phyllis at Dash and Bella in Berkeley, CA. You’ll want to bust out your mandoline to make the shavings – it makes everything soooo much easier (read more about why I love this tool here – it’s number 2 on the list).

Asparagus, fennel, and piave cheese salad with meyer lemon caper vinaigrette by Phyllis Grant, courtesy Dash and Bella, copyright 2010
Shaved asparagus, fennel and cheese salad by Phyllis Grant via Dash & Bella


9. Cream of asparagus soup with spring onions
. You can’t go wrong with asparagus and cream but you really can’t go wrong if you roast the asparagus with spring onions and garlic first as Elizabeth and Brian at Brooklyn Supper have done here. The result is a rich, sweet, savory soup with a velvety texture. MWAH!

Cream of Asparagus Soup by Elizabeth Stark via Brooklyn Supper
Cream of Asparagus Soup by Elizabeth Stark via Brooklyn Supper


10. Miso ginger asparagus
. I love the mix of complex flavors in this delightful recipe from Jaden at Steamy Kitchen. Roasting the spears before drizzling with the sauce helps develop the sweet, nutty flavor of the asparagus.

Miso ginger asparagus by Jaden Hair via Steamy Kitchen
Miso ginger asparagus by Jaden Hair via Steamy Kitchen.

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Eve is the creator of The Garden of Eating, a blog about food--cooking it, eating it, and growing it. She has a legendary love of aprons and can often be found salivating over the fruits and veggies at one of the many farmers’ markets near her home in Woodstock, NY. Want even more recipes, photos, giveaways, and food-related inspiration? "Like" the Garden of Eating on Facebook, or follow Eve on Twitter or Pinterest.

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6:30PM PDT on Jul 7, 2014

thanks

4:44AM PDT on Jul 6, 2014

they all look really good, and asparagus is great if you are dieting ( lol)

11:40AM PDT on Jun 24, 2014

Thanks for sharing these delicious sounding recipes, I will be trying some of these ; ) We love asparagus

3:53AM PDT on Jun 23, 2014

thanks for the recipes

7:26PM PDT on Jun 22, 2014

Some good ideas,thank you very much.

2:12AM PDT on Jun 22, 2014

thanks

6:10AM PDT on Jun 21, 2014

Thanks for a really nice article. The seasons always arrive later up here in the north of Scotland and asparagus is available fresh now. Great recipes.

8:06PM PDT on Jun 20, 2014

THANK YOU. YUMMY.

4:13PM PDT on Jun 20, 2014

how about steamed asparagus with artichokes and pickled mushrooms, mm mm mm.

2:04PM PDT on Jun 19, 2014

Mmmmmmm tyvm yummy!!

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