Asparagus with Butter and Balsamic Sauce

    20 minutes

    When I get fresh asparagus in season I don't want their flavour to be totally smothered. Here I just bake them in the oven and then dress them with a soy sauce, butter and balsamic dressing.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 16-20 fresh asparagus,woody ends removed
    • olive oil for brushing
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • 50g butter
    • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
    • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar

    Preparation:10min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:20min 

    1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees C. Arrange the asparagus on a baking sheet. Brush lightly with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
    2. Bake in prehated oven for 10 minutes or until tender.
    3. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Remove from heat then stir in soy sauce and balsamic vinegar. Pour over the baked asparagus and serve immediately.

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    This was so FLAVORFUL! I doubled the sauce only I took the suggestions of others & used just 1 tbp. of soy & 2 Tbp. of balsamic. I did brown the butter (what an aroma!) & also reduced the balsamic a bit after I added it to the butter. I poured the sauce over a broiled rib-eye steak as well as the asparagus. YUMMM! I served the steak & asparagus w/ a red grape & feta cheese on romaine salad & glass of white zin, which complemented the flavors was a very, very tasty meal.  -  03 Mar 2006  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I've been making asparagus this way for the past couple of years. I discovered the recipe in an issue of Cooking Light magazine (the only difference is in Cooking Light they use kosher salt and omit the pepper, as I recall) and it is OUTSTANDING! I've made this in my toaster oven (much better results than in a full-sized oven) for everyone who comes over to eat and they are always impressed. It's absolutely THE simplist, best-tasting recipe for asparagus you'll find. The trick, and this is an important note, is to slightly burn the butter (never use margarine) before adding the vinegar and soy. Unbelieveable!  -  14 Apr 2005  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Not only healthy but good for you! A MUST: Brown the butter for the full richness of this side dish!  -  18 Jan 2011  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)