How to use asparagus in your home cooking

Posted · 2nd August 2021
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Introducing a bunch of different vegetables into your at-home cookbook isn’t just great for adding variation to your diet; it’s great for building your confidence in the kitchen too! Whether asparagus is new to your fridge or you’re quite the dab-hand when it comes to adding this versatile veggie into your dishes, there are many fresh and exciting ways you can use it.

This earthy green ingredient is packed with nutrients, vitamins and minerals, and it’s a tasty pairing to your favourite Cauldron products (entirely coincidental, we promise!). To prove the latter, we’ve got some great recipes up our sleeve which showcase asparagus in all its glory.

Nutritional Benefits of Asparagus

Before we dive straight into the tasty creations, let’s have a look at why we’re choosing this vegetable for our dishes in the first place.

Asparagus is part of the lily family; it’s spear-like in shape and naturally firm and crunchy but, when cooked, it becomes soft and juicy. The green vegetable is low in calories and rich in nutrients, including folate, fibre, potassium and vitamins A, C and K. Studies suggest food that’s high in fibre can help to reduce the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes – giving us all the more reason to include it in our weekly meal plans.

This healthy ingredient also contains antioxidants, including vitamin E and C. Antioxidants have been said to help lower blood pressure and to possess anti-inflammatory properties, making them a supportive substance for your overall body health.

More commonly seen as green in colour, this spear-headed veggie also appears in white and purple, making it a colourful addition to your plate too. Because of its health benefits and quick ‘n’ easy cooking opportunities, this veg is used worldwide, making it a great ingredient to throw into your cooking – no matter what cuisine you fancy!

How to Prepare Asparagus

Asparagus is an easy ingredient to prepare (win-win!). You can buy it from most supermarkets/local veg stalls, either as already chopped stems or whole stalks. If you buy the shorter stems, you’ll just need to give them a quick rinse under the tap before cooking them. If you buy the whole stems, you’ll simply need to snap off the tougher, woody part at the bottom beforehand.

We usually recommend snapping them, rather than cutting, because there’s a natural point where it will easily break, so you know you’re only taking off the exact amount, rather than wasting a more significant part of the good vegetable. Once you’re left with the stem, you’ll just need to give it a rinse, and it’s ready to go!

How to Cook Asparagus

Now for the fun part! There are many ways to cook asparagus stems, such as boiling, frying in a griddle pan, roasting, or peeling them into ribbons and enjoying them raw.

If you’re boiling them, we recommend leaving them in the pan for around 1-3 minutes (depending on how firm you like them to be), and they should turn bright green in colour and softer in texture, but not too soft so that they flop or become soggy.

Our favourite way to cook asparagus is to griddle them in a pan seasoned with salt and pepper. Before adding them to a red-hot griddle pan, lightly brush them with olive oil, as this will give an extra crispy crunch to the final dish!

Vegan Recipes Using Asparagus

The wait is over. It’s time to pick out your favourite dish and start cooking. We’ve popped a few of our ultimate favourites below:

Vegan Thai Green Curry

Vegan Tofu Thai Green Curry

Thai food is known for packing the flavour… and spice! This Vegan Tofu Thai Green Curry does not disappoint – filled to the brim with fresh veg, one being crunchy asparagus, and light, soft cubes of Cauldron Organic Tofu, all wrapped in a fragrant, lime green sauce.

Full recipe

Creamy Tofu and Asparagus Pasta

Creamy Tofu and Asparagus Pasta

There’s never a bad time for a hearty bowl of creamy pasta! This quick Vegan Creamy Tofu and Asparagus Pasta recipe combines Cauldron Organic Tofu Block, fresh asparagus, pasta pieces and a handful of herbs.

Full recipe

Lemon & Asparagus Orzo Soup with Middle Eastern Falafels

Lemon and Asparagus Orzo Soup with Middle Eastern Falafels

Soup lovers… we’re taking it to the next level! A mugful of flavours, textures and deliciously fresh ingredients, all topped off with Cauldron Middle Eastern Falafels.
It’s a perfect light summer soup for pouring into a flask and taking with you on the go.

Full recipe

Tofu and Asparagus Tart

Asparagus and Tofu Roasted Garlic Tart

An alfresco winner!
Everyone loves a crispy, flavourful summer tart, and this one’s no exception!
Thin layers of pastry topped with Cauldron Marinated Tofu Pieces, spears of asparagus, roasted pine nuts and fresh basil.

Full recipe

We’d love to see your seasonal summer recipes! Share them with us on social media by tagging our account on Instagram. We’ll reshare our favourite recipes on our channels!

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