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Tender Asparagus


Did you know that when you snap an asparagus spear in your fingers, it will automatically break at the point where the tender stem turns tough and woody? This super simple dish highlights this spring vegetable.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: Serves 4


  • 1 lb. asparagus
  • water to cover
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • dash white pepper


Wash asparagus and trim ends by snapping them. The asparagus will break at the point between the tender tips and the tougher ends. Place in wide shallow saucepan and cover with cold water by 1/2". Place on high heat and bring to a boil. Lower heat to medium and simmer for 4-5 minutes until asparagus is bright green and just crisp-tender. Drain thoroughly and return to pan; add butter. Heat over low heat until butter melts and coats asparagus. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and serve.

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