Learn everything you need to know about this seasonal vegetable including 10 cooking methods and more than 20 of the best Vegan Asparagus Recipes. You'll find everything from soups and salads to side dishes and main courses.
Nothing says spring like fresh asparagus. While these days it's easier to find this popular vegetable at other times of the year, April and May are peak season.
The easiest way to prep asparagus for cooking is the snap off the woody stems by gently bending each spear. Then you can use them in a variety of ways.
Here I'm sharing my favorite recipes starring the tender green veggie. In addition you can explore 10 different cooking methods and use your creativity to create your own vegan asparagus recipes.
Why you'll love these recipes
- They showcase the versatility of fresh asparagus.
- They are naturally vegan and can be made gluten-free.
- They include the best recipes for salads, soups, side dishes, and mains.
10 ways to cook asparagus
While asparagus can be eaten raw, enjoying it cooked is the more popular option. And there are at least 10 different cooking techniques that work well.
- Roasting in the oven
- Sauteing in a pan on the stove
- Air frying
- Using an Instant Pot or other electric pressure cooker
- Grilling in foil
- Grilling without foil
- Sous vide cooking
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The ends of the spears are tough and woody, so it's best to remove them.
Fresh asparagus can be frozen for later use. First blanch it to preserve the color and texture. Next freeze the spears in a single layer on a tray, then transfer to a freezer bag. When you're ready to use it, cook it from frozen. Do not defrost it first.
Fresh asparagus will keep up to 4 days in the refrigerator. Keep the rubber bands on and cut off the very bottoms. Place the ends in a cup of water like you would a bouquet of flowers. Loosely cover with a plastic bag and place in the refrigerator.
For using in salads, asparagus can be blanched, roasted, or kept raw. These easy vegan asparagus recipes showcase the three different options.
Asparagus works particularly well in creamy vegan soups. And using some extra as garnish adds wonderful texture.
Side dish recipes
Skip the plain vegetables and make your asparagus side dishes pop with seasonings and sauces.
Main dish recipes
Asparagus is distinctive enough to be the star of the dinner table. Try it in pasta, stir fry, tacos, one-pot meals, and more.
Enjoy the vegan asparagus recipes!
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