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Asparagus With Garlic Butter and Parmesan Cheese

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“We had this simple, delicious starter in a Bali restaurant recently. I've since made it at home to rave reviews.”

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 bunches asparagus, trimmed of woody ends (thick spears)
  • 125 g butter (no substitute)
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed (I actually grate mine on my microplane grater)
  • salt and pepper
  • 40 g parmesan cheese, grated (finely)


  1. Bring a pan of water to the boil, drop the asparagus in and cook for about 2 minutes or until just, just tender crisp. Plunge into iced water to stop them cooking, then drain.
  2. Melt the butter in a large frying pan over medium heat, add the garlic and cook for a minute until fragrant.
  3. Season with salt and pepper, the add the asparagus to the pan, tossing and turning gently in the butter until hot.
  4. Divide amongst 4 plates, then sprinkle each serve with the cheese.
  5. We liked crusty bread to mop up the rest of the garlic butter, but it's up to you!

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