Crispy Asparagus Garnish and Steamed Asparagus is easy to make and great way to use more of the vegetable! The garnish brightens and enhances almost any dish.
Please note that most of the prep time is inactive, marinating time.
Rinse and dry the asparagus.Then cut the bottom few inches (the tough portion), off of the spears and discard.
Gently peel the asparagus spears and set the peels aside for the garnish.
Preheat the oven to 400°F.
Steam the asparagus in the preheated 400°F oven just until it's tender, 8 to 10 minutes.
Sauté the peels until they begin to turn golden brown, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and set aside on a couple layers of paper towels to drain.
It's not always necessary to peel asparagus -- though it ultimately creates a lovely texture, especially on thicker spears. And it's a great opportunity to make the fun garnish.