In season for only a few weeks of the year, asparagus is a real treat. If you can get hold of fresh British asparagus, all it needs is a quick dip in boiling water, followed by a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, a sprinkle of sea salt and a crack of black pepper – heaven.
But it’s also delicious roasted, grilled, or cooked up in a variety of springtime dishes. Here are our 10 favourite asparagus recipes to make the most of this veggie hero.
Asparagus only needs very simple cooking and a couple of ingredients to taste amazing. Top grilled asparagus with olive oil, lemon and Parmesan to bring out its nutty sweetness. The ultimate combination.
Asparagus and eggs are the best of friends, so take your dippy eggs up a gear with this brilliant breakfast recipe. Grilled asparagus is wrapped in crispy pancetta for super-charged soldiers.
Asparagus is no stranger to a breakfast menu, but this grilled asparagus and poached egg on toast really is something special. Griddling the asparagus amps up the flavour that goes brilliantly with a few shavings of Parmesan cheese.
This quick and easy pasta recipe comes straight from the nonnas of Italy. By frying the asparagus first, then adding a little liquid to the pan and reducing to a low temperature, you ensure a beautiful flavour. Butter, pecorino and a hint of chilli help to create the perfect sauce.
This light and fluffy gnocchi dish is the perfect seasonal supper. Using just five ingredients, it’s super simple to prepare, and really shows off the flavours of asparagus, fresh thyme and Parmesan. Dig in!
Embrace the asparagus season with two recipes in one! Flaky wholemeal pastry, soft ricotta and tangy Cheddar make this quiche a real treat – paired with a silky asparagus soup, it’s a special springtime lunch.
Deliciously crisp and light, this recipe uses raw asparagus for something a little different. Simply speed-peel your veg, then combine with fresh herbs and lots of lemon juice for the perfect seasonal salad.
This simple asparagus recipe is all about lovely earthy flavours – a great meal the whole family will love. You only need a handful of ingredients, and it can be on the table in just half an hour. Weeknight winner!
A frittata is a perfect dish to showcase seasonal veggies. This one is particularly good with wild or thin asparagus if you can find it, but asparagus tips will work just as well. Serve with a simple salad and pillowy focaccia for a super-satisfying lunch.
When you’re looking for a bit of sophistication, this dish combines the comfort of a good risotto with the fresh flavours of crab and asparagus. This is a celebration of seasonal produce, so the flavour will be off the chart if you can get hold of fresh crab and British asparagus. A real delight.