You may have seen purple asparagus in your local grocery store, but chances are that you have no idea how to go about preparing it. The good news is that purple asparagus can be prepared in almost identical methods as more traditional green and white types of asparagus. Try steaming, baking, grilling, or sauteing some up today!
Steaming is probably one of the easiest ways to prepare purple asparagus. Steaming is a great, healthy choice because it does not add any additional calories or fat. To properly steam purple asparagus, start by washing the asparagus and breaking off the bottom, woody parts of each stalk. Use a sharp knife to break the remaining asparagus into equally sized pieces, ideally around one-inch in length. Bring a large pot of water to boil over medium to high heat. Carefully place the prepared asparagus into the boiling water. Cook the asparagus until they appear to brighten in color, and are fork tender. Drain and serve immediately.
Another great way to prepare purple asparagus is by baking it. Typically, when baking purple asparagus, you will first marinate the asparagus in some type of dressing which usually contains herbs, spices, and other seasonings. Place the marinated asparagus into a oven safe baking dish, and pour over the remaining marinade. Cover with a large piece of aluminum foil. This step is not necessary, but it is ideal as it helps to prevent the asparagus from drying out. Bake the asparagus at a low temperature, such as 300 degrees for around 15 minutes until it is fork tender. Remove from the baking dish, place on a serving tray, and serve.
Grilling packs a major flavor punch when serving purple asparagus. Like steaming, grilling is another great way to prepare asparagus, as it allows any fat that may have been used to season the asparagus to drip down between the grates instead of entering the vegetable. This still imparts a great flavor to the asparagus without greatly increasing calorie content. One traditional way to prepare purple asparagus on the grill is to combine the vegetable with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Make sure each stalk has been thoroughly coated, and skewer with bamboo skewers that have been soaked in water. Place the skewers onto the grill over low to medium heat. After about 15 minutes, flip the asparagus in order to ensure thorough heating.
Finally, sauteing your purple asparagus is a great method, especially if you are short on time. Rinse the asparagus and chop it into small pieces as if you were steaming the vegetable. Place in a large, hot frying pan that has been coated with olive oil. Place the purple asparagus into the pan, and saute gently for around five minutes. Season, and serve. This delicious low-calorie dish will be a hit at your next family dinner.