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Blanched Asparagus

Blanching asparagus is a very simple process that creates a healthy and delicious side dish.

  • servings: 4


  • 1 pound jumbo asparagus, trimmed
  • Coarse salt


  1. Step 1

    Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add salt and return water to a boil. Prepare an ice-water bath. Peel lower two thirds of each asparagus stalk with a vegetable peeler. Place asparagus in boiling water and cook until tender, about 3 minutes. Drain and immediately transfer asparagus to ice-water bath until cool; drain.

The Martha Stewart Show, April 2007