Prep 8 mins
Cook 16 mins
This is a great side dish and a different take on asparagus. It goes well with turkey and chicken.
- 2 lbs asparagus
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons firmly packed light brown sugar
- 3⁄4 cup chicken broth
- orange zest, strips (for garnish) (optional)
- Snap off the thick woody ends of the asparagus spears and discard.
- Heat the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat until melted. Stir in brown sugar. Cook, stirring continually until brown sugar dissolves.
- Add the asparagus to the brown sugar mixture, turning to coat. Sauté for 2 minutes.
- Add the chicken broth to the skillet. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, until the asparagus is crisp-tender, about 8 minutes. Transfer the asparagus with a slotted spoon to a serving platter, reserving the pan juices in the skillet. Cover asparagus to keep warm.
- Cook reserved pan juices in the skillet over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until reduced by half. Drizzle over the asparagus. Garnish with orange zest strips, if desired. Serve immediately.
Made this today for Easter dinner. It was really good! I was afraid it would be too sweet, but it wasn't. All I changed was that I added a little salt and pepper (since I used unsalted butter) and I cooked the asparagus WAY less than the 8 minutes called for. I'll definitely be making this again.
We had this also at Thanksgiving and it was a hit. It does take a while for the juices to reduce and I added brown sugar to the juice to help solidify the liquid. The next time we make this I would have to remember to continue to cook down the juice as it was still not reduced enough.
At first I thought these asparagus would taste like carmel. What a suprise, they were wonderful! Wish the season lasted a little longer. I thought it was very easy to make also. This willl be a regular at my house every spring