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Awesomely Easy Sesame Asparagus


"Asparagus is steamed and then tossed with olive oil, kosher salt and toasted sesame seeds."
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12 m servings 78 cals
Original recipe yields 4 servings

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  1. Fill a large saucepan with 1/2 inch of water and bring to a boil. Cook asparagus until tender-crisp, about 5 minutes. Drain, then rinse with cold water. Return pan to the stove over medium heat, pour in oil, and swirl around pan. Shake excess water off of the asparagus, and toss in oil with sesame seeds, and salt to reheat.


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  • To toast sesame seeds, toss them in a heavy bottomed skillet over medium heat until they are fragrant.
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  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 78 calories; 5.7 g fat; 5.5 g carbohydrates; 3.3 g protein; 0 mg cholesterol; 103 mg sodium. Powered by the ESHA Research Database © 2018, ESHA Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Very quick and easy although I did tweek it a bit (of course). I brushed the asparagus with olive oil and then sprinkled it with a little salt, regular (untoasted) sesame seeds (didn't want to ...

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Not great tasting asparagus. I found it too oily and salty. Next time, I'll try grilling it and adding the sesame seeds at the end.

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Very quick and easy although I did tweek it a bit (of course). I brushed the asparagus with olive oil and then sprinkled it with a little salt, regular (untoasted) sesame seeds (didn't want to ...

I used regular sesame seeds instead of black and I toasted them until they were light golden brown. It was delicious...even my "I don't like asparagus" kid said he would eat it like that again....

We loved the end results here. And the cooking instructions were right on for our thin asparagus. What I ended up doing was adding a bit of sesame oil to further enhance the flavor, and I didn...

Very good! I used sesame oil in place of the olive oil. Next time I will wait and sprinkle the seeds on once I've plated the asparagus as too many seeds were left in the pan. Great tho!

I used toasted regular sesame seeds instead of black ones, and they were great. I found the asparagus a bit overdone, and I was afraid to reheat it in the oil for too long because I didn't want ...

This was delicious! I do not like asparagus, but in the interest of cooking healthier food for my family, I tried it. I added a little bit of lemon juice as suggested by one of the reviews.

This was so good and easy. My hubby loved it. I only boiled the asparagus for 3 minutes and it was perfect. I also used sea salt instead of regular - it's healthier and I love the taste. I made ...

Simple, fresh and really dressed up with the toasted black sesame seeds, with the vivid contrast in color between the bright green and black. I took the easy way out and just microwaved the aspa...

I used SESAME OIL instead of olive oil and everyone enjoyed the side