Asparagus ideas you need to try before the season ends.


At this time of year in the UK, you are likely to see asparagus on menus as the short season arrives. You may be familiar with lightly steamed green asparagus served as part of brunch dishes, or served as a side for dinner, but this vegetable comes in three main colours: green, white and purple.

All the varieties are tasty, especially if you follow these simple tips.

Roast lemon asparagus. Photo by Christina Rumpf on Unsplash

How to prepare asparagus

You can eat asparagus raw, chopped or thinly sliced into salads, or you can lightly cook it. Traditionally asparagus was steamed upright with the tips sticking out (the tips are the most delicate so require less cooking), however, roasting it is an easier (& tastier) option!

  1. First, chop 1 or 2cm off the bottom of the asparagus. This part is usually quite woody and if left on, it will be chewy, stringy and spoil the rest of the spear.
  2. Check that each spear is still fairly firm and trim off any soft or bruised areas.
  3. For even cooking, each spear should be roughly the same thickness (thinner spears are more delicate in flavour).
  4. Get your favourite flavourings ready! You can go simple with a drizzle of olive oil, salt & pepper, or add sliced lemon, garlic cloves, herbs such as thyme, basil, parsley, dill, mint or chives or go spicy with fresh chilli.
  5. Remember asparagus is best cooked for a short time. 3-5 minutes if steaming or boiling, 10 minutes if roasting or baking. You can add your flavourings to the water if boiling or steaming, or directly to the asparagus if roasting or baking.
Prepare the asparagus. Photo by Peter Schad on Unsplash

Tasty Ideas

Cooked asparagus is a versatile ingredient that can be used in a variety of dishes. Here are a few suggestions:

  1. Asparagus Salad: Toss the cooked asparagus with your favourite leaves, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, peppers and tofeta, then drizzle with a light balsamic vinegar and top with crunchy seeds or nuts.
  2. Pasta: Add the cooked asparagus to your pasta along with other cooked vegetables such as courgettes, peppers and aubergines. Stir through some olive oil, nutritional yeast, Italian herbs and season with salt & pepper.
  3. Asparagus Quiche: Use the asparagus chopped into bite size pieces in your quiches.
  4. Stir-Fry: Add the cooked asparagus in at the end of your stir fry with soy sauce, mushroom ketchup (ask me) or even a sweet & sour sauce.
  5. Asparagus Soup: Blend the cooked asparagus with vegetable broth or milk, onions, garlic, and herbs to create a creamy and comforting soup. Serve with crunchy croutons or fresh bread.
  6. Pizza: Decorate your pizza (and up the taste) with whole asparagus spears.
  7. Just Asparagus: Serve the cooked asparagus as a simple side dish by seasoning it with salt, pepper, and a squeeze of lemon juice.
  8. Potatoes with Asparagus: Add your asparagus to your roast potatoes 5 minutes before the end of cooking. Season with a squeeze of fresh lemon, a sprinkle of chili flakes, and salt & pepper.
potatoes and asparagus
Roast potatoes & asparagus. Photo by Locrifa on Pexels

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cooked asparagus
Asparagus with lemon & thyme. Photo by Christina Rumpf on Unsplash


  • evagallon 18th May 2023 at 06:03

    Lots of ‘pop up’ asparagus huts over here at the moment….but only me eating it again☺️ (just sautéed with olive oil and lemon) I grew up eating asparagus with scrambled egg as a lunch or light dinner dish. When I was living in southern Spain it was often served in salads (the long-life white jarred kind)- definitely not the same as fresh lol

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 22nd May 2023 at 23:47

      Ooo, pop up asparagus huts sound fantastic (I need a pic please)! Sautéed sound delicious Eva… but I need to add black pepper too! I recently acquired some of those white ones in a jar – maybe I should see how they taste! I’m waiting for the day my allotment decides that asparagus is a good plan! I think I might be waiting a while though!

  • evagallon 23rd May 2023 at 13:32

    How could I forget to mention about the black pepper! (and Tabasco sometimes)😆 I think the hut vendors would think me strange (or get annoyed) about me taking photos of them… the strawberry ones too hehe💚❤️

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 23rd May 2023 at 18:00

      Ooo, have you tried the green Tabasco? Strawberry huts too! Oh my! I’m sure you could work out how to take a photo without looking suspicious! 😀


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