When asparagus is in season, you just have to take the opportunity to cook something so good. This recipe for butter-fried asparagus with almonds and herbs is simple and delicious and leaves the asparagus as the star. 

The butter-fried asparagus can be eaten as is, or served as an accompaniment to other foods, such as a piece of grilled meat, fish, poultry or tofu.

I do not usually chop my asparagus right down to use just the tips as some do, because then, I believe, more disappears than is necessary. I just trim the woody bottom of the stalks.

You can of course break it how you want, however, what to watch out for is overcooking the asparagus. Sloppy asparagus without crunch is one of the most boring things there is to eat. 

I fry normal-sized asparagus in the pan for about 3 minutes. If the asparagus is very thick, you can extend the time a little. 

There are also available extra narrow small primrose asparagus. These in turn need less time. They should therefore be soft on the surface but have some bite and chewing resistance left in the middle, a little like pasta al dente. Test with a toothpick if you are unsure.

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I serve this dish with ground mustard seeds for a little pepperiness, butter, almond flakes and dill. If you want a completely vegetarian and vegan recipe, change the butter to oil or vegetable shortening. The asparagus can also be grilled and brushed with shortening, instead of being fried. 

However, it will be best in a frying pan so the asparagus really gets covered with the butter and does not go dry. Why not put them in a frying pan or a roasting tray on the grill? It is also a perfect way if you want to cook this outdoors while barbecuing.

Butter-Fried Asparagus With Almonds and Herbs Recipe

For: 4 people

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard seeds
  • 1 bunch asparagus
  • Butter or vegetable oil (approx. 1 oz)
  • Salt, pepper, onion powder
  • ΒΌ cup almond flakes
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme

Method

  • Roughly grind the mustard seeds in a mortar, not too finely. 
  • Cut off the woody part of the asparagus. Melt the butter in a frying pan. Put the asparagus in the pan and coat it with the butter. 
  • Sprinkle over the ground mustard seeds, salt, pepper and onion powder. Fry for about 3 minutes and shake the pan so the asparagus is evenly cooked.
  • Lift the asparagus onto a plate and drizzle over the butter from the pan. Sprinkle over the almond flakes and herbs. If necessary, add a little extra salt and pepper.

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