Saturday, February 28, 2009

Marinated Asparagus

Marinated asparagus is a lovely dish that can be served as an appetizer or a side dish, and it works for just about any meal (brunch, lunch, dinner). It's amazingly simple to put together, and easy to make for a crowd. The usual cautions with asparagus apply here - don't overcook it. It's so easy to do! In fact, for the batch I made last night, I think it was ever-so-slightly overcooked, and I was very conservative on my cooking time.

I generally make this the night before I'm serving it, so it has plenty of time to sit in the marinade.

Marinated Asparagus


2 lbs (about 2 bunches) fresh asparagus
Enough water to fill large pot 3/4 full
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup pecans (I use big pieces, but you can finely chop them also)

Clean and trim asparagus. If desired, scrape off the scales. Bring water and salt to a boil and add asparagus. Cook for until tender-crisp, or 4 to 6 minutes. Immediately remove from boiling water and place in an ice bath to stop the cooking. Drain the asparagus and place in gallon-size freezer bag.

While asparagus is cooking, mix vinegar, oil, soy sauce, and sugar in a bowl. Make sure it is well-mixed, and pour over the asparagus in the plastic bag. Add pecans in bag. Allow bag to sit on its side in the refrigerator for 8 hours or longer, turning it over once.

When ready to serve, arrange asparagus on the plate, drizzling a little of the marinade over it as desired. Retrieve the pecans from the bag and place on top of asparagus.

*You can also use a baking dish for the asparagus to sit in the marinade if you don't want to waste a plastic bag.

**If you can't find any good fresh asparagus or if it's too expensive, you can also substitute 3 10-oz packages of frozen asparagus. Just cook according to the package directions and then pick up with putting it in the bag and pouring marinade over it. I haven't tried this myself.


Stacey Hays said...

This was delicious!

Shelly said...

Wow, you have a fantastic blog! I will have to try this asparagus recipe!

Colleen said...

Asparagus is one of the only vegetables my husband likes so I am always looking for new ways to cook it. Looks great!

Kim said...

I can't wait to try this. Jay is not going to touch it with a ten foot pole, so I'll have to cut it in half or I'll be on asparagus overload!

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