Steamed Asparagus with Almond Butter

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This recipe for Steamed Asparagus with Almond Butter showcases beautiful fresh asparagus tossed with a lemon- shallot butter and toasted almonds.

Steamed Asparagus with Almond Butter

Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time:20 minutes

Cook Time:15 minutes

  • 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped shallots
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 2 pounds asparagus, trimmed
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  1. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in heavy small skillet over low heat. Add shallots and garlic and saute until tender, about 5 minutes. Pour into medium bowl.
  2. Add remaining 5 tablespoons butter, parsley, lemon juice and lemon peel to shallot mixture and whisk to blend. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Steam asparagus until crisp-tender. (all steps so far can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover butter mixture and asparagus separately and chill.)
  4. When ready to serve, place butter mixture in heavy large skillet over medium-heat. Add almonds and cool until butter browns, stirring occasionally, about 3 minutes. Add asparagus and stir until heated through. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Divide among plates and serve.
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