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Blanched asparagus on a wood cutting board.

How to Blanch Asparagus

Blanched asparagus looks so elegant, but there’s nothing fancy about this easy cooking technique, which makes your favorite spring vegetable even more delicious. Here’s How to Blanch Asparagus perfectly to enjoy in salads, pasta, or all by itself.
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 6 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 30kcal


For the salad:

  • 2 pounds asparagus trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon salt optional


To blanch the asparagus:

  • Fill a large bowl with water and ice. In a large saucepan or stockpot, bring 1 inch water and 1 teaspoon salt to boil. Add asparagus, cover, and boil until bright green and crisp-tender, about 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Immediately remove from boiling water and plunge into ice bath to stop the cooking. When completely cool, drain well and pat dry.


Calories: 30kcal