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Lemon-Buttered Asparagus

Lemon-Buttered Asparagus
  • Prep 20 min
  • Total 20 min
  • Ingredients 4
  • Servings 4

Hints of lemon and butter bring out the flavor of this springtime vegetable. Save leftover asparagus to toss with a green salad or sprinkle with vinaigrette for a sandwich topper. ...MORE+ LESS-

Ingredients

1
lb. fresh asparagus
3
tablespoons butter
1
tablespoon lemon juice
1/2
teaspoon grated lemon peel

Steps

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  • 1
    Snap off tough ends of asparagus. Rinse spears thoroughly to remove any sand from tips. In large skillet, combine asparagus spears and 1/2 cup water. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook 5 to 10 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain.
  • 2
    Meanwhile, melt butter in small saucepan. Stir in lemon juice and lemon peel.
  • 3
    Place asparagus on serving platter; pour butter mixture over spears. Garnish as desired.

Expert Tips

  • When purchasing asparagus, look for straight, bright green spears that are firm and crisp. Tips should be tightly closed and dry, with stem ends moist. Asparagus stalks vary in thickness; whether you choose thick or thin is a matter of personal preference. Thickness does not correspond to sweetness or quality. Purchase spears of uniform thickness to ensure even cooking.
  • Refrigerate asparagus, set upright if possible, in a container holding an inch of water; cover the container loosely with a plastic bag or plastic wrap. Or, wrap stem ends in wet paper towels and place the asparagus in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 serving
Calories
110
Calories from Fat
80
% Daily Value
Total Fat
9g
14%
Saturated Fat
5g
25%
Cholesterol
25mg
8%
Sodium
90mg
4%
Total Carbohydrate
5g
2%
Dietary Fiber
2g
8%
Sugars
2g
Protein
2g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
20%
20%
Vitamin C
15%
15%
Calcium
2%
2%
Iron
4%
4%
Exchanges:
1 Vegetable; 2 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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