What Does Asparagus Taste Like? Find Out Your Anwser Here!

If you’re curious as to the taste of asparagus, let me tell you right now – it’s worth knowing (and tasting). I am not really a huge vegetable fan, but asparagus happens to be one of my favorite food.

This article will be your source of information about asparagus. You will learn how it looks like, how it tastes like, how to cook it, and more.

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What Asparagus Looks Like

Asparagus is one of those vegetables that’s easy to describe. Therefore, it’s also easy to find – should you decide to look for it.

Asparagus is not a leafy vegetable – so, yes, you’re off that batch of confusing leafy greens (that look so much alike). I think asparagus is the only one of its kind – with its pencil-like appearance.

Yes, asparagus stalks look like pencils – and they can be thin or thick. You will usually find them in green color, but there are other varieties that are colored purple and white.

So, there, you can easily distinguish asparagus in a vegetable stand because they look like pencils with small, pointed heads.

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What Asparagus Tastes Like

I’ll be honest with you – if you hate all vegetables, you will probably hate asparagus, too. Well, because it’s a type of vegetable – and it tastes like a vegetable.

If you’re like me, however – I like some vegetables (yes, I don’t like vegetables all that much). And if you like the taste of some vegetables, you will probably like asparagus. What can I say – it’s just very likable.

Here are just some of the vegetables that asparagus is always compared to (in taste):

  • Artichokes
  • Peas
  • Broccoli
  • Celery
  • Green beans

If you agree with me that the above-mentioned veggies all taste good, then (again) I bet that you’d like asparagus as well. No, asparagus doesn’t exactly taste like all those vegetables I just mentioned, but they have one thing in common – they all taste good (for a vegetable).

When it comes to the taste of asparagus, remember these things:

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    Asparagus carries a strong, distinct flavor.
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    Fresh asparagus tastes sweet.
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    Not-so-fresh asparagus can carry some bitter and sour taste.
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    Overcooked asparagus can also have some bitter and sour taste.
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    The flavor of asparagus blends well with other ingredients (food and spices).
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    For the best tasting asparagus, go for the fresh ones (definitely not canned).

Note: If you’re not a vegetable hater and want to try asparagus, I urge you to do it. It’s really worth tasting and I am quite sure that you’ll love it. Just avoid canned asparagus as they can be mushy and brine-tasting. Fresh asparagus (firm, green stalks) are the best.

How to Prepare Asparagus

Here are the basic steps to preparing asparagus:

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    Clean asparagus by washing under running water.
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    Trim the base by cutting the hard part (about 1 inch from the bottom). You can either break them, or slice them.
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    If you’re going to cook asparagus, cook them whole or slice them in 2-inch length.
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    If you’re going to store asparagus for later use, keep them in the fridge or freezer.

Baked chicken garnished with asparagus and herbs

How to Store Asparagus in the Refrigerator

The following steps will ensure that you are storing fresh asparagus properly:

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    Trim off the base of the stalks.
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    Get a glass of water and fill it with water (about half full).
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    Place the asparagus stalks in the glass of water (standing position).
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    Get a plastic bag and cover the entire glass that holds the asparagus stems (this will prevent evaporation through the asparagus tips).
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    Place in the refrigerator (it will stay fresh for a couple of days).

Boiled asparagus

Foods that Asparagus Go Well With

Because of its unique taste, I would suggest partnering asparagus up with food that are either plain or salty.

It goes well with meat (chicken, lamb, beef, pork, etc.) and fish. I actually love it when combined with the following:

8 Ways to Cook Asparagus

Method #1 - Roasting

You can use the oven for roasting asparagus. Follow these steps:

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    Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
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    Line baking sheet with baking paper.
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    Lay the asparagus in 1 layer.
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    Drizzle olive oil on the asparagus. You can also add garlic, onion, lemon zest, salt and pepper.
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    Roast for about 10 minutes.
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    Remove from oven and serve.

Method #2 – Frying

You can use the stove to cook asparagus. Here are the steps to frying asparagus (video):

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    Place the asparagus in the pan and cook on low heat.
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    Cook for a few minutes.
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    Add salt and pepper before removing from heat.

Method #3 – Stir Frying

Here’s a quick way to cook asparagus – and you can do this on the stovetop:

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    Put a little oil.
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    Add asparagus in.
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    Stir the vegetables for about a minute or until cooked.
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    Remove from heat and serve.

Note: if you’re using a lot of vegetables for your stir fry, put the asparagus last.

Method #4 – Sautéing

This method is another simple way to cook asparagus over the stove. The steps are as follows:

Sauteed Asparagus and Mushrooms

Sauteed Asparagus and Mushrooms

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    Throw in the asparagus. 
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    You can add garlic and mushrooms.
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    Season with oyster sauce.
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    Remove from the frying pan (Amazon) and serve.

Method #5 – Grilling

To grill asparagus (video), follow these steps:

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    Heat the griller on high.
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    Season asparagus with salt and pepper.
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    Position the asparagus stalks on the grills.
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    Grill for about 10 minutes.
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    Remove from heat and serve.

Note: You can use the oven or a grill when grilling.

Method #6 – Blanching

Blanching is a good way to preserve all the natural flavors of fresh asparagus. Here are the steps to blanching:

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    Clean and prepare asparagus for cooking.

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    Cook the asparagus in boiling water for a few minutes.
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    Dip the asparagus in ice water bath to stop the cooking process.
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    Serve by topping with mayonnaise or lemon drizzle.

Method 7 – Steaming

Steaming asparagus will result in something similar to blanching. Note, however, that steamed asparagus is softer than blanched. To steam asparagus, follow these steps:

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    Season asparagus with salt and pepper.
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    Arrange asparagus in the steamer rack.
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    Cover the steamer and cook for about 3 minutes.
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    Remove from the steamer and serve.

Method 8 – Microwaving

Here’s a quick way to make crisp and tender asparagus. Here are the steps to microwaving asparagus:

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    Wrap the asparagus in damp paper towels.

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    Place in the microwave and cook on high for 3 to 4 minutes.
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    Unwrap and serve.

Things to Remember

When dealing with asparagus, remember these things:

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    Asparagus tastes different when raw, cooked, and overcooked.
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    Asparagus will taste differently when roasted, boiled, steamed, blanched, sautéed, etc.
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    Asparagus cooks really fast, that’s why cooking time is always short.
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    Asparagus can be eaten raw (e.g. in salads).
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    The best texture for cooked asparagus is “al dente.”
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    The sugar content in asparagus gives its sweet taste. This sugar will caramelize as it cooks and has the best effects in roasting, steaming, blanching, and stir frying).

Health Benefits of Asparagus

As a green vegetable, it’s a given fact that asparagus is very nutritious (video). Listed below are just some of its amazing benefits to the body.

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    Anti-Inflammatory – Asparagus has anti-inflammatory properties that help the body combat serious diseases like diabetes and cancer.
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    Fiber – Asparagus is high in fiber and will aid in proper digestion. A diet that’s high in fiber helps in flushing out toxins from the body. Furthermore, eating foods that are high in fiber also helps in regulating the body’s blood sugar level.
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    Vitamin K – Asparagus is rich in Vitamin K (a vitamin necessary for blood clotting).

FAQs

Q: Can you eat raw asparagus?

Q: Does asparagus taste like broccoli?

Q: Does asparagus taste like peanuts?

Q: Does asparagus taste bitter?

Q: Does asparagus taste bitter?

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Asparagus is Worth Tasting (Trust Me)

Now that you have an idea as to how asparagus tastes like, I really urge you to try it. You really have nothing to lose, you know, because this vegetable is really good for you.

Bacon Wrapped Asparagus

Bacon Wrapped Asparagus

Honestly, asparagus is the type of vegetable that you would fall in love with (and you can only fall in love with a few vegetables, right?). If you can appreciate the taste of green beans, peas, and broccoli, there’s a big chance that you will find the taste of asparagus pleasing. Hey, I even think that asparagus tastes better than all those other veggies.

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Lita Watson
 

Hi there! I’m Lita, and I’m absolutely in love with cooking blogs. I’m a beginner in cooking and i try my best to make it quick and easy. Even though, it’s not always quick and easy to keep up with fancy dinners… so i keep learning and blogging about quick and easy ways to create delicious and yummy foods for my two kids and a wonderful husband.

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