Asparagus With Lemon Butter Crumbs

"From Delia Smiths Vegetarian Collection. I add garlic to this so it is mentioned as an optional ingredient. If you prefer you can pan roast the asparagus instead of steaming them. Meant as a starter but can easily be served as a side dish."
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  • Wash the asparagus in cold water, then take each stalk in both hands and bend and snap off the woody end.
  • Arrange the asparagus stalks in a steamer and steam over simmering water for 5-6 minutes, or until they feel tender when tested with a skewer, being careful not to overcook them.
  • While the asparagus is cooking, heat 1 oz (25 g) of the butter in a frying pan, as soon as it is frothy, stir in the breadcrumbs, and garlic if using, and cook them, stirring constantly, until they're evenly browned and crispy.
  • Then tip the crumbs on to a plate, stir in the lemon zest and season with salt and pepper.
  • Now put the pan back on to the heat and add the remaining butter.
  • As soon as it is frothy, add the cooked asparagus and toss to coat them in the butter.
  • Sprinkle with the lemon juice and season with salt and pepper.
  • Divide the asparagus between warmed serving plates and sprinkle with the crumbs, serve immediately.

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  1. I cook this all the time.... no need to steam the asparagus first (too easy to overcook it). Just cook for a few minutes in step 6. Never seen it as a recipe before, but I often add a few flaked almonds to the breadcrumb mix, or some finely cubed bacon is a good change. (Make sure to buy gluten-free bacon for coeliacs and, of course, use gluten-free crumbs.)
  2. I agree with the other reviewers, how can you go wrong with the fresh flavors of asparagus, garlic and lemon. The buttered crumbs add a nice pleasing touch. The only change I made was to use my Vita-Mix to crumb a whole wheat dinner roll which when added to the frothy butter browned nicely. As we really enjoy fresh asparagus, I am sure to make this one again.
  3. I agree with other reviews, what more could you ask for than fresh asparagus, garlic and lemon. Just wonderful and one I'll make again. Thanks Pets :)
  4. 5 stars are not enough for the Spring beauty. Followed the recipe using some fresh Ciabatta bread crumbs, and only sprinkle the zest at serving. Oh, my taste buds are tingling from the garlic-lemony goodness! Will make again and again. Guest-worthy, for sure.
  5. Wonderful flavour! great combination, can't beat garlic, butter,lemon and tender crisp asparagus! I will be making this again but next time I will make my torn fresh bread a bit smaller, although the big crunchy bits were sooo tasty!! Thanks for posting!


  1. This is the best recipe for asparagus I have ever had! I switched the bread crumbs for parmesan cheese. It was fabulous!


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