How To Cook Green Asparagus

How to cook


Asparagus is a versatile vegetable that can be cooked many ways. We’ve outlined all the ways to cook this marvelous vegetable take into account that the thickness of the asparagus will vary cooking times. We also suggest some ways to prepare different asparagus thickness for extra flavor.

Cooking suggestions for different sizes

SMALL – Diameter of spear: 3/16″ (5mm)
Lightly roast in a pan with olive oil salt and pepper
Cook quickly in the microwave

MEDIUM – Diameter of spear: 5/16″ (8mm)
Grill in pan

LARGE – Diameter of spear: 7/16″ (11mm)
Roast in the oven

EXTRA LARGE – Diameter of spear: 10/16″ (16mm)
Grill on the BBQ



1. Gently peel the white asparagus or use Gourmet Trading Company’s Green Asparagus
2. Boil water
3. Add equal parts salt and sugar to boiling water
4. Boil the green asparagus for 3-7 minutes depending on preference (3 minutes for al dente texture)



1.    Heat pan with 1 tablespoon oil olive
2.    Place desired amount of asparagus in pan
3.    Move asparagus to get an even grill marks for approx. 4 minutes
4.    Then season as desired



1. Pre-heat oven to 400˚F
2. In a bowl, mix asparagus with 2 tablespoons of olive oil
3. Place on an baking sheet
4. Cook in oven for 20 minutes occasionally turning asparagus



1.    Place asparagus in a microwave safe dish
2.    Add 1 tablespoon of butter to the asparagus
3.    Microwave on high for 3 minutes