How to Cut Asparagus

Here’s how to cut asparagus: trim off the ends where the stalk turns from white to green! Follow this easy method.

How to cut asparagus

Got a big, bright bunch of asparagus and ready to cook with it? Great: grab your knife and let’s talk about prepping this delicious vegetable. Here’s how to cut asparagus—or how to trim it—so that you can use it in recipes of all kinds.

Here’s the most important thing to know about asparagus. The thick bottom part of the spear is white or light purple in color: it’s very tough and not meant to be eaten! Contrary to what you might think, the easiest way to remove it isn’t just to snap it off. The best way is with a knife! Here’s a fast and easy way for how to cut asparagus.

How to cut asparagus: step by step

Step 1: Line up the asparagus on a cutting board.

Line up the asparagus spears on a cutting board, all facing the same direction.

Step 2: Slice off the bottom portion, just where the white turns to green.

Grab half of the stalks with your non-cutting hand. Using a large chef’s knife, slice off the bottom tough parts of the stalks just where the color turns from white to green. Repeat with the other half of the stalks.

And that’s it: you’ve got asparagus that’s ready to be used in any recipe! Speaking of…we’ve got some below.

How to trim asparagus

How long does asparagus last?

Fresh asparagus lasts refrigerated for 3 to 5 days. A best practice for storage: use those trimmed asparagus spears and stand them up in a jar or wide glass with 1 inch of water in the bottom. Cover the tops with a plastic bag and refrigerate. However, we often just store our asparagus in the produce drawer and it does fine.

Asparagus recipes

Once you’ve mastered how to cut asparagus, there are so many ways to cook it! Here are some favorite asparagus recipes and

How to cut asparagus

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How to cut asparagus

How to Cut Asparagus


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: 1 pound 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Here’s how to cut asparagus: trim off the ends where the stalk turns from white to green! Follow this easy method.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 pound asparagus

Instructions

  1. Line up the asparagus spears on a cutting board. 
  2. Grab half of the stalks with your non-cutting hand. Using a large chef’s knife, slice off the bottom tough parts of the stalks just where the color turns from white to green. 
  3. Repeat with the other half of the stalks.
  • Category: Knife Skills
  • Method: Cutting
  • Cuisine: N/A

Keywords: How to cut asparagus, How to trim asparagus

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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