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Asparagus, cooked in butter

The nice thing about being back home is having our own kitchen around us, with a good amount of space (the kitchens in the Netherlands leave a little to be desired, in many cases!). And the great thing about the timing of our return is that asparagus season is in full swing. To celebrate, I cooked an old favourite. I prepared this amazing asparagus to have on the side.


Asparagus, Butter, Pecans (almonds are great too).


This is a pretty simple one.

1. Prep the asparagus – a grandmotherly tip, if you pull the base of the asparagus gently, it will break away at the right place. This gets rid of the ragged edges.

2. Prep the pecans. Pecans are good, since they have nice little cutting guides – slice them so you get lengthways pieces. Of you don’t like pecans, flaked almonds work well too. For something completely different, some wild mushrooms would give this a really deep woody flavour too.

3. Melt some butter over a medium heat in a pan. Ideally, the pan will be wide enough for the asparagus spears. Don’t be stingy with the butter. This recipe won’t win awards for low-fat or low calories, but if you’re going to fry something in butter, make sure you enjoy it (and don’t do it every day).

4. Once the butter has turned golden, place the asparagus in the pan; use a spoon to make sure the spears get good and coated in the butter, and turn the asparagus regularly.

5. After about three or four minutes, or when the spears are softened, add the pecans and cook for another three or four minutes.

6. Serve with whatever your main course is, and enjoy! Eet Smaakelijk! Bon Appetit! and other such things.


Photos by CIA, cooking by PJD, who is happy to be back in his own kitchen again.

*No good for vegetarians, this one, but if I ate meat (I don’t), I would eat this!

7 Comments Post a comment
  1. Yum! Im going through an obsession with asparagus grilled on the BBQ at the moment! But this looks equally as delish!

    October 17, 2012
    • We don’t have a BBQ at the moment (though there is the question: does one fit on the balcony?). Barbequed asparagus sounds delicious though.

      Another thing we found asparagus in lately was stir-fried veges; which was not something CIA nor I had ever seen before. Very tasty though…

      November 1, 2012
      • Absolutely! You can get BBQs to sit on the table top and ones that fit on the balcony. Try looking at the Weber range!

        November 1, 2012
  2. What a delicious twist! Great combos-I bet that is full of flavor 🙂

    October 17, 2012
  3. Yum!

    I was super excited for asparagus season beginning too! Om nom nom

    October 17, 2012

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