Asparagus recipes to make the most of this seasonal English produce when it’s in season, from April to June. It’s got a short season, which officially starts on St George’s Day on April 23, so look out for it from this time when it’s at its best and at its best value, with a fanatical following from foodies.
Asparagus is so versatile that you’ll never be stuck for what to do with it, from having it for breakfast wrapped in pancetta with poached eggs to making it into a creamy soup for a light lunch or as a side to your roast dinner, steamed gently and served with real butter.
So what is all the fuss about? Asparagus has a distinctive flavour and texture, which really comes into its own when it's in season and sourced as locally as possible. It’s also high in vitamins A, B, C, high in fibre and folic acid and it’s virtually fat free, which makes it super nutritious.
Our pick of asparagus recipes will help give this seasonal vegetable a new lease of life with adventurous ideas, as well as back to basics ideas, as sometimes there is nothing better than enjoying seasonal fresh produce as it is and letting the flavour speak for itself with just a knob of butter and a little seasoning.
Look out for asparagus bundles at your local market or supermarket, where you should be able to find different-sized spears, from chunky stalks to more elegant baby spears at the best prices.
Try our asparagus and gruyere tart or easy asparagus and pesto tartlets as seasonal starters. Make a creamy asparagus soup recipe with fresh crusty bread for dipping. Go for our nutrient-packed lentil ‘risotto’ with asparagus spears. Bake asparagus, mushroom and bacon muffins as a portable savoury snack. There are so many ways to enjoy this seasonal vegetable. What will you try?
This is risotto but without all the huffing and puffing! This easy oven risotto with asparagus recipe is perfect as a midweek staple.
Delicious Asparagus recipes
If you love a classic Caesar salad, you'll love this tasty version with crunchy English asparagus, perfect for when it's in season
Crab and asparagus risotto is a combination of two of the best British ingredients in season. This lovely dinner for two is ready in just 30 minutes!
This asparagus and monkfish risotto is so creamy and luxurious - ideal for when you're expecting guests
Pea and asparagus open ravioli is surprisingly simple to make and ready in minutes
Asparagus and ham tart has intensely flavoured ham hock offset by zingy English asparagus for a new twist on a quiche
At just 165 calories per person, these mushroom tarts with asparagus are the perfect lighter lunch
Eggs, goats cheese and asparagus taste great in this beautiful frittata
High in protein and fibre, farro makes a great, healthy alternative to white pasta and is great with asparagus
Impress your guests with a starter of soft boiled eggs rolled in Middle Eastern spices, known as Dukkah, served with houmous