Asparagus Steamed in a Paper Bag

READY IN: 22mins
Recipe by dojemi

This is a simple and delicious way to prepare and serve asparagus. Recipe from Tyler's Ultimate, by Tyler Florence.

Top Review by Vinya

This was a lovely, easy way to make, basically, steamed asparagus. I don't have paper bags around the house, so I used parchment paper folded up around the stalks to trap the steam. As a technique, steam/roasting asparagus in the oven is my new favorite thing: foolproof, hands off, and very little clean up! The lemon and bay work very well with the asparagus. Lemon is common, but the bay leaves were new to me, and they're subtle but noticeable. The second time I made this recipe, I used one shallot slicely thinly into rings as well, which I thought further improved the flavor.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350° with rack placed in the center position.
  2. Place asparagus in a brown paper bag large enough to hold the asparagus comfortably.
  3. Drizzle with oil to prevent the bag from burning.
  4. Add the lemon slices and bay leaf; season with salt and pepper.
  5. Close the bag by folding it over several times and creasing the folds well to retain the steam in the bag.
  6. Place bag on a baking sheet, and drizzle with more olive oil.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes.
  8. Shake bag a few times before carefully opening; transfer asparagus to platter.
  9. Drizzle with more oil; serve immediately.

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