How do you cook perfect white asparagus?


  1. Fill a pot with a lid halfway with water and add the salt, sugar, and vegan butter.
  2. Cover, and bring to a low boil over high heat.
  3. Clean the asparagus, chopping off the woody end of the spears.
  4. Peel asparagus.
  5. Simmer.
  6. Cook for 7 to 9 minutes, or until a knife inserted in one stalk comes out smoothly.

Should you peel white asparagus?

White asparagus has a thick outer skin that, unlike green asparagus, must be peeled before using as it is too stringy to eat. The base should also be removed as it is too woody to chew.

What is special about white asparagus?

Compared to green asparagus, white asparagus spears taste less bitter and are more tender, although the bottom two-thirds of the spears are very fibrous. Chefs peel this tough outer layer with a vegetable peeler before cooking white asparagus.

Is white asparagus better than green?

Is There a Difference in Flavor? White asparagus has a more delicate flavor than green. While green asparagus is a bit grassy, white asparagus is sweeter and has just a hint of bitterness. This delicate flavor is perhaps why it’s so prized in Europe.

Is white asparagus better than green asparagus?

Why is white asparagus so expensive?

Why is white asparagus so expensive? Because growing white asparagus underground is much more labor intensive, that’s reflected in the price. Each stalk must be unearthed and cut by hand, a painstaking job. White asparagus can be as a much as $2 more a bunch than green.

Why is white asparagus bitter?

Some may claim that there is little difference in flavour between white and green asparagus but the absence of chlorophyll most certainly has an effect on the flavour of the stems. White asparagus differs to green in that it is sweeter but also has a slight bitterness that is mellowed through cooking.

Does white asparagus taste the same as green?

White and green asparagus also differ in taste. The white spears have a slightly milder flavor, whereas the green ones are a bit earthier and heartier.

Is it better to blanch asparagus before grilling?

Grilling Asparagus Tips: Blanch the asparagus first before grilling. Blanching allows the asparagus to cook halfway through, so it doesn’t have to stay on the grill for too long. I have noticed that if you place asparagus on the grill raw, it can dry out easily.

What is the best way to cook asparagus?

Grilling is perhaps the best way to cook asparagus. The intense heat from the flames, coupled with the hint of smoke and char infuses the petite green stalks with more flavor than searing or roasting ever could.

How do you remove the tough part of asparagus?

Remove and discard the tough bottom of each asparagus spear by grasping each end and bending it gently until it snaps at its natural point of tenderness, usually two-thirds of the way down the spear. For thick spears, using a vegetable peeler, peel off the outer skin from the bottom half of each remaining spear.

What are some good side dishes to cook with asparagus?

Few veggies grill up as nicely as asparagus. Thin stalks get crispy while thicker ones get tender. Finish with a bit of lemon or parm and you have the perfect cookout side. AND they finish cooking in under 5 minutes.

What is the difference between purple and green asparagus?

The Other Colors. Purple asparagus (like Viola and Purple Passion) is sometimes available at farmers’ markets. It is slightly sweeter and more tender than green asparagus and turns dark green when cooked because the purple pigment is destroyed by heat.