Awesomely Easy Sesame Asparagus Recipe -
Awesomely Easy Sesame Asparagus Recipe
  • READY IN 12 mins

Awesomely Easy Sesame Asparagus

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"Asparagus is steamed and then tossed with olive oil, kosher salt and toasted sesame seeds."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    2 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    12 mins


  1. Fill a large saucepan with 1/2 inch of water and bring to a boil. Cook asparagus until tender-crisp, about 5 minutes. Drain, then rinse with cold water. Return pan to the stove over medium heat, pour in oil, and swirl around pan. Shake excess water off of the asparagus, and toss in oil with sesame seeds, and salt to reheat.
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  • Tip
  • To toast sesame seeds, toss them in a heavy bottomed skillet over medium heat until they are fragrant.
  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 09, 2006

Very quick and easy although I did tweek it a bit (of course). I brushed the asparagus with olive oil and then sprinkled it with a little salt, regular (untoasted) sesame seeds (didn't want to take the time to toast them, I know, busy, busy, busy), and a little lemon juice. Then I grilled them in a preheated grill over indirect heat. It took about 4 minutes. Served this with grilled salmon and grilled potato wedges - awesome!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 02, 2007

Not great tasting asparagus. I found it too oily and salty. Next time, I'll try grilling it and adding the sesame seeds at the end.


102 Ratings

Sep 18, 2006

I used regular sesame seeds instead of black and I toasted them until they were light golden brown. It was delicious...even my "I don't like asparagus" kid said he would eat it like that again. I'll make it again for sure. A small word of advice tho...if you double the recipe (I did, I had two bunches of asparagus)don't double the sesame seeds. There was so much sesame seeds that most of it was left on the skillet.

Jul 30, 2006

We loved the end results here. And the cooking instructions were right on for our thin asparagus. What I ended up doing was adding a bit of sesame oil to further enhance the flavor, and I didn't use black sesame seeds, just the regular ones. Will definitely be looking forward to preparing this again. Thank you, ZOPOOH.

Mar 29, 2007

Very good! I used sesame oil in place of the olive oil. Next time I will wait and sprinkle the seeds on once I've plated the asparagus as too many seeds were left in the pan. Great tho!

Jan 27, 2007

I used toasted regular sesame seeds instead of black ones, and they were great. I found the asparagus a bit overdone, and I was afraid to reheat it in the oil for too long because I didn't want it to cook any more so it was also quite cold. Next time I will cook it for 3 minutes so that I can toss it in the oil for longer to heat it up.

Jun 13, 2006

This was delicious! I do not like asparagus, but in the interest of cooking healthier food for my family, I tried it. I added a little bit of lemon juice as suggested by one of the reviews.

Feb 19, 2007

This was so good and easy. My hubby loved it. I only boiled the asparagus for 3 minutes and it was perfect. I also used sea salt instead of regular - it's healthier and I love the taste. I made this with the "Apple and Orange Chicken" I found on this site and it was an easy, delicious, and healthy meal. One of our faves!


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  • Calories
  • 78 kcal
  • 4%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 5.5 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 5.7 g
  • 9%
  • Fiber
  • 2.9 g
  • 11%
  • Protein
  • 3.3 g
  • 7%
  • Sodium
  • 103 mg
  • 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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