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Instant Pot Asparagus Recipe: Simple & Delicious Instant Pot Asparagus Recipe: Simple & Delicious

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Instant Pot Asparagus Recipe: Simple & Delicious

Written by: Emily Smith

Whipped up a quick Instant Pot Asparagus Delight today. Fresh asparagus, zesty lemon, and fragrant garlic - all pressure-cooked to perfection. Simple, healthy, and oh-so-tasty!

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There's something magical about this zesty asparagus delight, cooked to perfection in my trusty Instant Pot. Trust me, the balance of crisp asparagus against the tartness of lemon zest and the subtle warmth of garlic is truly a treat for your tastebuds. It's easy, quick and flat-out delicious. A perfect side dish that can elevate any meal. Dive into it, you won't regret it!

Ingredients for Asparagus Delight in the Instant Pot

  • Asparagus: Fresh asparagus adds a vibrant color and earthy flavor, making this dish a delightful and nutritious vegetable side.
  • Olive oil: Olive oil brings richness and a subtle fruity flavor, enhancing the overall taste and texture of the asparagus.
  • Garlic: Garlic infuses a savory aroma and robust taste, elevating the dish with its aromatic and flavorful profile.
  • Lemon zest: Lemon zest provides a zesty and citrusy kick, brightening up the dish with a refreshing and tangy flavor.

Essential Tools for Making This Instant Pot Recipe

  • Instant Pot: Essential for pressure cooking the asparagus quickly and efficiently.
  • Small pan: Used to sauté the garlic and create a flavorful garlic oil for drizzling over the asparagus.
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Instant Pot Asparagus Recipe: Simple & Delicious

This Instant Pot Asparagus recipe is quick, simple, and delicious. Perfect for a healthy side dish in just 6 minutes!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 1 min
Total Time 6 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 70 kcal

Equipment

  • Instant Pot
  • Small Pan

Ingredients
  

Main Ingredients

  • 1 lb asparagus trimmed
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 lemon zest of
  • to taste salt and pepper

Instructions
 

  • Place the asparagus in the Instant Pot with 1 cup of water. Close the lid and set the valve to sealing.
  • Cook on high pressure for 1 minute. Quick release the pressure.
  • Remove the asparagus from the Instant Pot and season with salt and pepper.
  • In a small pan, heat the olive oil and sauté the garlic until fragrant. Pour the garlic oil over the asparagus.
  • Finish with lemon zest before serving.

Notes

For a variation, try adding a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese or a dash of balsamic vinegar.

Nutrition

Calories: 70kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 3gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gPotassium: 300mgFiber: 3gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 850IUVitamin C: 10mgCalcium: 40mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Asparagus, Healthy, Instant Pot
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Tips for Making Asparagus Delight Ahead of Time or Freezing

Make Ahead Instructions

  • Cook the asparagus as directed and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • When ready to serve, reheat the asparagus in a pan with a little olive oil and garlic.

Freezing Instructions

  • Blanch the asparagus in boiling water for 2 minutes, then transfer to an ice bath.
  • Pat dry and place in a freezer-safe bag or container.
  • Freeze for up to 3 months.
  • Thaw in the refrigerator before reheating as desired.

Asparagus is a natural diuretic, which can help reduce bloating and water retention in the body.

Common Questions About Cooking Asparagus in the Instant Pot

FAQ:
How long does it take to cook asparagus in the Instant Pot?
Asparagus cooks in the Instant Pot for just 1 minute on high pressure.
Can I use a different type of oil instead of olive oil?
Yes, you can use other oils like avocado oil or melted butter for a different flavor.
Is it necessary to trim the asparagus before cooking?
It's recommended to trim the tough ends of the asparagus before cooking for a better texture.
Can I skip the lemon zest in this recipe?
While the lemon zest adds a nice citrusy flavor, you can omit it if you prefer a simpler taste.
How should I store any leftovers of this dish?
Store any leftover asparagus delight in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

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