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White Asparagus with Brown-Butter Vinaigrette

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White Asparagus with Brown-Butter Vinaigrette

White Asparagus with Brown-Butter Vinaigrette
Joseph Erdos
total prep
This side dish plays up the elegance of white asparagus.


  • 1 bunch white asparagus
  • fine sea salt
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley


  • Trim about 1 inch from the tough ends of the asparagus spears using a sharp knife. Peel about 2/3 of each spear below the floret using a vegetable peeler, being careful not to break the asparagus.
  • Bring a skillet filled with about 2 inches of water to a boil. Season liberally with salt. Add asparagus and cook until knife tender, about 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, add butter to a small saucepan and set over medium heat. Let butter turn a nutty brown, about 5 minutes, while swirling the pan to keep the butter from foaming too much. Pour browned butter into a small bowl or measuring cup. Whisk in lemon juice and vinegar. Season with salt. Stir in parsley.
  • Carefully remove asparagus to a platter and pour over with vinaigrette. Serve immediately.