Marinated White Asparagus

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This is a lovely side dish when the venerated white asparagus is in season
Marinated White Asparagus Spears
Marinated White Asparagus
Marinated White Asparagus

When I was a child, my mother would sometimes bring home the white asparagus in the can. That was a big treat – except it didn’t have much flavor. When I saw white spears that looked a lot fresher and nicer than their green brethren, I knew I could so a lot better, so I decided to bring them home and marinate them.

My son and I love asparagus, especially the long thin ones. We like them with butter, lemon, and pepper. I’m always excited when they’re in season. Asparagus is good for you, they have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant qualities that can help with heart disease, diabetes, and may help prevent certain cancers. Not bad for a vegetable that sometimes makes your bathroom smell like asparagus!

One of the ingredients in this recipe is True Lemon. If you haven’t tried True Lemon yet, do it. True Lemon is crystallized fresh lemon juice and oil. It doesn’t have that bottled lemon juice flavor, and since it’s dry, it won’t affect your recipe in the way that lemon juice can. It’s also great because you can carry it with you and put it in water or other drinks as you desire.


Marinated White Asparagus

Marinated White Asparagus Spears

This is a lovely side dish when the venerated white asparagus is in season
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Cooling: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 8 minutes
Servings (slide to adjust): 6 servings
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: French
Difficulty: Easy
Newsletter: 2021-03-31
Calories per serving: 98kcal

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  • 1 bunch white asparagus
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon True Lemon
  • Black Pepper, freshly ground to taste
  • Parmesan cheese, shredded to taste
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Ingredients necessary for the recipe step are in italic. Ingredient measurements may vary due to measurement tools used.


  • Cut off any hard bottoms of the spears.

To Cook the Asparagus

    Microware Instructions

    • Place them in a plastic bag, and put the bag in the microwave, open side under the spears. Cook for 3 minutes. Immediately remove from the microwave and set aside.

    Instant Pot Instructions

    • Pour 1 cup cold water and place steamer rack in Instant Pot. Put the asparagus on the steam rack, close and lock the lid. Use the pressure cooker setting at 0 for thin asparagus or 1 for thick asparagus. Use the Quick Release method and remove the lid as soon as it's safe to stop the cooking process.

    Asparagus Pan Instructions

    • Put the asparagus in the steamer basket. Put some water in the bottom of the pot, then insert the basket. Let the water come to a boil, then steam about 4-5 minutes until fork tender. Remove from the basket from the steamer immediately.

    For the Marinade

    • In a small bowl, put the mustard and red wine. Whisk until the mustard is mixed in.
    • Slowly add the oil in a small, steady stream, whisking the entire time.
    • Add the True lemon and black pepper.
    • Put the asparagus in a dish to marinate, and pour the marinade over it.
    • Refrigerate until cold, at least one hour.
    • Just before serving, sprinkle a good amount of shredded Parmesan overall.


    You can use green asparagus just as easily.


    Serving: 1servingCalories: 98kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 2gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 45mgPotassium: 106mg
    I am not a certified nutritionist or registered dietitian and any nutritional information on should only be used as a general guideline.
    Got Questions? Let me know!Mention @arbpen or tag #arbpen!

    6 thoughts on “Marinated White Asparagus”

    1. Just what I was looking for, thankyou for putting up. “If you can imagine it,You can achieve it.If you can dream it,You can become it.” by William Arthur Ward.

    2. Hello! nice post, next time could you please cite your sources? it’s always interesting to know … Thanks, keep it up!

      • Well, I hate to tell you this, but my sources are me. I make everything that is posted on The Good Plate.

      • If you can’t find white asparagus, green does just as well. Or, you could get really creative and do both!

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