Looking for a healthy and delicious side dish? Look no further than Lemon Asparagus. This classic recipe has been a favorite for generations, and it’s easy to see why. With just a few simple ingredients, you can create a flavorful and nutritious dish that’s perfect for any occasion.
To begin, start by washing your asparagus and snapping off the tough ends. Then, whisk together some extra-virgin olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, salt, and freshly ground black pepper to create a zesty sauce that will complement the fresh flavors of the asparagus perfectly.
Next, add about an inch of water to a saucepan and bring it to a boil. Once the water is boiling, reduce the heat and place a steamer basket in the saucepan. Add the asparagus to the basket and cover it with a lid. Steam the asparagus until it’s tender yet still crisp, which should take around 5-7 minutes.
Once the asparagus is steamed, transfer it onto a serving dish. Then, pour the lemon olive oil sauce over the asparagus and serve it hot. Whether you’re hosting a dinner party or just looking for a healthy and easy side dish, Lemon Asparagus is sure to please everyone at the table.
Ask the Chef: Pro Tips for making Lemon Asparagus
Choose Your Asparagus Wisely
When selecting asparagus, look for spears that are bright green, firm, and straight. Avoid asparagus that looks wilted or has a slimy texture. Thicker asparagus will take longer to cook than thin asparagus, adjust your cooking time accordingly.
Don’t Overcook the Asparagus
Be careful not to over-steam the asparagus – it should be tender but still have a bit of crunch. You can check for doneness by piercing the thickest part of the spear with a fork. It should easily pierce the spear, but it should not be mushy.
Use Fresh Ingredients
As with most simple recipes, quality ingredients are key. Use fresh lemon juice and lemon zest, and high-quality olive oil for the best results.
Adjust Seasonings to Taste
Adjust the seasoning according to your taste, if you like more salt or more pepper, feel free to add more to the sauce, or sprinkle some additional salt and pepper over the asparagus before serving.
Don’t Let the Sauce Sit for Too Long
The lemon olive oil sauce tends to separate if left to sit for too long. If possible, make the sauce just before you serve the asparagus. If you do have leftover sauce, give it a good whisk before pouring it over the asparagus.
Pair it with Other Dishes
Lemon olive oil steamed asparagus pairs well with grilled meats or roasted chicken. You can also add more veggies to the steamer basket like cherry tomatoes or sliced mushrooms.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with other seasonings and flavors. Fresh herbs like basil, dill or parsley, or grated Parmesan cheese would all be great additions to this recipe.