Steamed Asparagus with Lemon Pepper Sprinkle

There are few ingredients as fresh and perfect as asparagus this time of the year. Enjoy it with abandon and make sure you include it in special menus like this one.
  • 2 lbs. fresh asparagus
  • 2 T. fresh lemon zest
  • 2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 T. butter

Break the woody ends off the asparagus and slice it into 2-inch pieces. Place in a steamer basket and steam until crisp-tender, about 7 minutes. Meanwhile, combine the lemon zest, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Place the steamed asparagus in a serving dish and dot with the butter. Sprinkle the lemon zest mixture over the top and serve.

  • Yields: 6-8 servings
  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes
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