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Sesame Asparagus

 

Whenever I can find fresh asparagus, I find myself buying 2 pounds just to make this simple but elegant dish. I sometimes peel the asparagus if the stalks are very large or the skin seems thick.

All you need to do is to place the asparagus on a plate or in a glass container such as the one shown here and microwave for approximately 90 seconds per pound. Then immediately plunge the asparagus in icy cold water with lots of ice cubes to stop the cooking. Then drain the stalks and pat dry on an absorbent kitchen towel.

Simply drizzle some toasted sesame oil (about 2-3 tsp per pound) and sprinkle with white and/or black sesame seeds. Store in the refrigerator for up to 4-5 days, but I find it seldom lasts that long. It makes a great snack, a colorful addition to a salad or lunch, or heated for a great side dish for dinner. It’s also a great dish to bring to a picnic or pot luck…

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