Braised Asparagus

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Braised Asparagus

[Photographs: J. Kenji López-Alt. Video: Vicky Wasik]

  • Yield:Serves 4
  • Active time: 15 minutes
  • Total time:15 minutes
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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 pound asparagus, trimmed and peeled (if desired)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken or vegetable stock
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter

Directions

  1. 1.

    Heat oil in a 12-inch straight-sided sauté pan over high heat until lightly smoking. Add asparagus in as close to a single layer as possible, season with salt and pepper, and cook without moving until lightly browned, about 1 1/2 minutes. Shake pan and cook until browned again, 1 1/2 minutes longer. Add stock and butter to pan and immediately cover.

  2. 2.

    Continue to cook until asparagus is completely tender and stock and butter have emulsified and reduced to a shiny glaze, 7 to 10 minutes. If stock completely evaporates and butter starts to burn before asparagus is cooked through, top up with a few tablespoons of water. Serve immediately.