Asparagus With Toasted Sesame Aioli

Total Time
20mins
Prep
10 mins
Cook
10 mins

Here's a great appetizer for springtime entertaining. The bold, toasty sesame oil adds depth to the classic garlic-lemon sauce. Arrange the crisp-tender asparagus spears, tips up, in a tall, clear glass, with the sesame sauce nearby, served in a radicchio leaf cup to add color. The asparagus can be cooked up to 1 day in advance. The sauce will keep for up to 1 week in a covered container in the refrigerator. Bring both to room temperature for serving.

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Ingredients

Nutrition

Directions

  1. Steam the asparagus in a covered steamer over boiling water until crisp-tender, about 4 minutes.
  2. Or, put the asparagus in a microwave-proof dish; add about 2 tablespoons water.
  3. Cover tightly and microwave on high for about 3 minutes, or until crisp-tender.
  4. Drain well.
  5. Rinse with cold water and drain again.
  6. Meanwhile, make the aioli:.
  7. Stir together all the aioli ingredients in a small bowl until smooth.
  8. To serve, arrange the asparagus spears in a tall, clear glass container. Spoon the sauce into a radicchio leaf or small dish, garnish with sesame seeds, and place nearby for dipping.