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Asparagus Sauteed in Mustard and Butter

Adapted from a recipe by Greg Atkinson in the Seattle Times Pacific section many years ago. Most of what gives asparagus its flavor is water soluble, so boiling or steaming is not the best way to prepare it. Sauteing or grilling preserves more of the flavor.

Asparagus Sauteed in Butter and Mustard
Recipe type: vegetable
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Tender, crisp, bursting with flavor asparagus. Quick to make.
  • 1 lb asparagus, tough ends broken off
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • pinch kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  1. Heat a large skillet over high heat.
  2. Add asparagus and cook (dry) for one minute.
  3. Reduce heat to medium and add butter.
  4. When butter has started to brown, add mustard and lemon juice.
  5. Cook for 5 to 7 minutes, turning asparagus periodically, until tender but still firm inside.
  6. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper.


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