November 15, 2020
6 Easy Ways on How to Cook Frozen Asparagus
Today we’re going to take a closer look at how to cook frozen asparagus. So, without further ado, let’s dive into the world of asparagus.
Asparagus is one of the most versatile vegetables you’ll ever come across. It perfectly complements virtually any main dish. As seasonal produce, however, finding it fresh on a daily might present a challenge.
Thankfully, frozen asparagus exists, alongside other vegetables that have taken over the frozen section of the grocery including broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and even green beans.
Although frozen produce gets a bad rep, it isn’t actually as bad as it sounds. In fact, they make for a hassle-free dinner companion whenever you need one.
Asparagus is already simple to cook, so you can easily work with this veggie even when it is frozen. If anything, the frozen variety makes for an even simpler option in the kitchen.
How to Cook Frozen Asparagus
There are several ways to cook frozen asparagus. Take a look at these options to find the method that suits you best.
Frozen vegetables typically come with their own cooking instructions. If you are not the adventurous type in the kitchen, chances are you’ll want to follow these. If you do, steaming might be the best choice for you.
All you need to do is to place the frozen asparagus in your steamer and allow it to cook (and defrost) for a few minutes and you are good to go.
For those who want more depth, dimension, and flavor in their asparagus, one of the best ways to cook them is by roasting.
Place the spears on a baking sheet or pan. Then, rub them down with your preferred herbs and spices, a bit of salt and pepper, and some olive oil.
Place them in the oven at 425 degrees Fahrenheit and cook until charred but not burnt. You can even throw in some garlic for some deeper flavor.
Pan-frying is another quick and easy way you can cook frozen asparagus. Cook them up with some garlic and butter. This will lend your earthy veggie a creamy and delectable taste.
If you want, you can also add bacon or pancetta and finish with some eggs or a salad.
Grilling might be a chore for some, but going the extra mile can give you a nice smokey taste. Before putting them on the grill, however, you should consider tossing the spears with some olive oil to prevent them from sticking on the grill.
Finish with salt and pepper. Pair them with grilled fish or even steak, if you like.
Pan-frying not enough? Lend an Asian twist to this classic staple by combining soy sauce, garlic, and some chili peppers. You can even add some ginger.
Just make sure your wok is piping hot before you toss them in.
Make Them Into a Quiche
If all else fails, you certainly can transform your frozen asparagus into a quiche or frittata perfect for breakfast. They will go well with yellow and green bell peppers, as well as heavy cream and butter.
Plus, their earthy taste makes for a great balance in an otherwise indulgent meal.
What Is Asparagus?
Asparagus is a speared, slender vegetable. It is considered a springtime vegetable that comes in an array of colors such as green, purple, and white. Because it is a seasonal veggie, fresh asparagus tends to command a higher price than other vegetables. Plus, as it is only cultivated in certain parts of the globe, such as China, Peru, Germany, and the United States (California, Michigan, and Washington), importation costs can also factor in.
Asparagus is also a finicky plant to grow; it takes around three to four years to make edible spears after planting the seeds. This also adds to the price.
Asparagus, especially the green variety, has an earthy taste similar to broccoli. Meanwhile, the white and purple varieties tend to taste sweeter with a milder flavor.
Asparagus boasts of an array of health benefits. Despite being low in calories, it is packed with nutrients such as protein, fat, fiber, vitamins A, C, E, and K, potassium, folate, phosphorous, and many others.
It also contains small amounts of iron, zinc, and riboflavin. Additionally, asparagus has many antioxidants, making it ideal to fight free radicals.
The Bottom Line
There are many ways on how to cook frozen asparagus. With these tricks, you can try your hand cooking this versatile vegetable today.
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