Sesame butter asparagus

    20 min

    Fresh, in season asparagus is so gorgeous on its own that I hate to do too much to it. This is a simple way to prepare asparagus so that you're still able to savour its delicate flavour.


    Fife, Scotland, UK
    1 person made this

    Serves: 6 

    • 3 tablespoons sesame seeds
    • 1kg fresh asparagus, woody ends trimmed off
    • 250ml boiling water
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 75g butter
    • salt and pepper to taste

    Prep:5min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:20min 

    1. Add the sesame seeds to a small frying pan over medium heat. Toast them till they've just taken colour - make sure to watch them carefully and shake the pan every so often as they burn easily. Once they're toasted, set the pan aside.
    2. Place the asparagus in a large frying pan over medium high heat. Add the boiling water straight from the kettle, along with the salt to ensure the asparagus retains its lovely green colour. Cook for 5 to 7 minutes, or until tender.
    3. Remove the asparagus to a serving plate and drain the water from the pan. Add the butter to the pan, over medium heat, and then add the sesame seeds along with some salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle the melted butter mixture over the warm asparagus and enjoy!

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