Asparagus with Sesame Butter

The first fresh asparagus is a delightful springtime treat. This light butter sauce lets the asparagus flavor come through, and the sprinkling of sesame seeds adds a delicate crunch. This is a simple yet delicious dish.


6 to 8 servings


2 pounds fresh asparagus
1 cup boiling water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 cup cold water
1/4 cup butter, cubed
3 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted


Place asparagus spears in a large skillet; add boiling water and salt. Cook for 5 to 7 minutes or until tender. Remove asparagus and keep warm. Drain cooking liquid, reserving 1/2 cup in a small saucepan. Combine cornstarch and cold water; stir into liquid. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly; cook and stir 1 minute more. Stir in butter until melted. Spoon over asparagus; sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve immediately.

Estimated Time

Preparation/Total Time: 20 minutes

Nutritional Information

1 serving (5 ounces) equals 84 calories, 7 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 15 mg cholesterol, 229 mg sodium, 4 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.

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