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How to prepare asparagus

Asparagus is at its sweetest when freshly picked so, for the best flavour, use as soon as possible and take care not to overcook.

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Step 1

Rinse the asparagus in cold water.

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Step 2

Remove any woody ends by bending the cut end of each spear. It should snap easily at the point where the woody part begins (usually about 4-6 cm from the base).

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Step 3

Place about 3cm of water in a large pan and bring to the boil.

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Step 4

Arrange the asparagus in a single layer in a steamer and cook for around 4-5 minutes, depending on the thickness of the spears, until just tender.