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Blanch asparagus

How to Blanch Asparagus

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 minutes
  • Total Time: 8 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


Here’s how to blanch asparagus! Cook until it’s perfectly tender and bright green, then plunge it into an ice bath.




  1. Start 8 cups of water to boil with 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  2. Cut off the tough bottom ends of the asparagus
  3. Once boiling, add asparagus the boil until just tender, about 3 minutes (a range of 2 1/2 minutes for thin spears and 4 minutes for thick spears).
  4. Prepare a bowl of ice water. When the asparagus is cooked, immediately plunge it into the ice water for 1 minute. Then drain. Season with salt and pepper as desired. Refrigerate for up to 4 to 5 days. 
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Blanched
  • Cuisine: Vegetables
  • Diet: Vegan

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