Fried Asparagus

"This recipe is incredibly easy to make, and incredibly tasty. Feel free to vary the seasonings to your liking."
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  • 1 lb asparagus
  • 4 tablespoons cornflour, masa harina
  • 12 teaspoon celery salt
  • 12 teaspoon savory
  • 12 egg
  • 2 tablespoons corn oil


  • Cut the woody stems from each piece of asparagus.
  • Mix cornflour, celery salt, and savory. Add or substitute other seasonings as desired.
  • Whisk one egg thoroughly. Dip each asparagus stalk in the egg wash, then roll in flour mixture.
  • Heat corn oil in a small pan on medium-high. CAREFULLY lower asparagus stalks into hot oil to avoid spattering. Make sure asparagus stalks aren't touching and are only in a single layer in the pan.
  • Fry each stalk until it turns golden brown, then turn over with tongs to fry the other side. Remove asparagus using tongs, and place on a paper towel to soak excess grease. Add salt if desired.

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