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How to Cook Spargel, the Easy Method


Spargelessen - An Asparagus Dinner

Spargelessen - An Asparagus Dinner

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German white asparagus ("Spargel") is easy to cook and serve. Follow these instructions and make some "Dampfkartoffeln" to go with them. Serve with melted butter, and deli ham, both cooked and dried (like Prosciutto). A dry white wine rounds out the meal.

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes


  • 1 lb. white asparagus per person (or more), cleaned and peeled
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1 T. butter


Find a pan with a tight-fitting lid, either wide enough to take the asparagus lying down, or tall enough to have the asparagus standing up, with their heads out of the water but below the brim. Compare Prices

Fill the tall or wide pan with water halfway (if asparagus is lying down fill three-quarters of the way). Add the salt, sugar and butter and bring the water to a gentle boil. Place the peeled asparagus either lying down in the pan, or standing up in an asparagus basket (it helps if you tie them into bundles with kitchen twine) that fits inside a tall asparagus or spaghetti cooker. Turn down heat so that water is just simmering. Close the pan with the lid.

Boil the asparagus 8 to 10 minutes or until soft enough for your liking. Remove from pan, drain somewhat and place on a preheated serving tray. Serve immediately with ham, melted butter and new, boiled potatoes. You may want to serve it with Hollandaise sauce, as well.

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