This Sous Vide Asparagus recipe creates tender yet crisp, and naturally sweet asparagus spears in only 13 minutes. Making asparagus Sous Vide with a creamy lemon butter sauce makes the best vegetable side dish for any day of the week or holiday. We love it with sous vide pork tenderloin, Sous Vide Tri Tip and Sous Vide Lamb Chops.
Is Asparagus Good In Sous Vide
Not all vegetables are created for sous vide. Asparagus, isn’t one of them. We HIGHLY prefer sous vide over any other cooking style (even though we love Instant Pot Salmon with Asparagus). The bright green asparagus spears are perfectly tender (not soft), perfectly seasoned and don’t take all day to make. All from a quick 13 minute water bath.
How To Make Sous Vide Asparagus
Three steps separate you from a perfectly cooked sous vide asparagus: Pre-heat the water bath, vacuum seal the asparagus, butter and lemon slices (these are the vacuum bags we use), cook for 13 minutes and serve.
How Long Does It Take To Sous Vide Asparagus
It takes between 9-13 minutes to sous vide asparagus, not including the time it takes to bring the water to temperature. The total cook time depends on the thickness of the spears. You want a nice and tender spear with a little “crisp” to it when you bite into it. Here’s a great guideline:
- Thin Asparagus Spears – approx. 9 minutes
- Medium Asparagus Spears – approx. 11 minutes
- Thick Asparagus Spears – approx. 13 minutes
In the past, we categorized asparagus into two categories: thin and thick. The last few Instacart orders have included “uber thick” spears that no longer represent just “thick spears”. When confronted with asparagus the thickness of your thumb vs. ring finger, opt for the longer cook time.
Asparagus Sous Vide Temperature
180 degrees F is the magic number to produce tender yet slight crunchy sous vide asparagus. Factoring in the water bath prep time, it does take longer than boiling or microwaving, but it’s very hands off and worth the extra prep time.
- Throw in some fresh or dried herbs to the bag for an extra bit of herbaceous flavoring. Think basil, thyme, oregano, dill, tarragon or even Italian seasoning.
- Sprinkle parmesan cheese over the poached asparagus for an extra layer of salty goodness.
- Drizzle some balsamic glaze over the top once plated. Would pair great with balsamic glazed smoked lamb chops
Poached Asparagus Recipe Tips
Asparagus tends to float, even when using a high end vacuum sealer. I add a heavy bowl on top of the bag to weight it down. You can always add a few heavy spoons, or pie crust weights (you get the idea) to the bag before sealing. You can always invest in some sous vide weights.
Trim the bottom 1″ – 1.5″ off the bottom of the asparagus. This is the tough woody part that is not enjoyable to ingest.
You can use frozen asparagus in place of fresh asparagus. Make sure to shave off a few minutes to avoid mushy spears.
How To Pick Fresh Asparagus
When shopping for asparagus, grab a bunch with the following characteristics for the best final product:
- Rich green, purple or white color, depending on the variety selected.
- Tightly closed tips with a slight purple hue
- Straight, firm and smooth stalks
Sous Vide Equipment
- Sous Vide Immersion Circulator – Any brand will work! We use the popular Anova Immersion Circulator.
- Vacuum Bags – Asparagus doesn’t take up a lot of room so you don’t need anything huge. You can always use a Ziploc bag and use the water displacement method if you’re not up for splurging for bags.
- Sous Vide Food Container – Again, asparagus doesn’t take up a ton of room so you can use a large stock pot vs. a dedicated sous vide food container. We use this sous vide food container for our sous vide recipes.
What To Serve With Asparagus
- Chicken – Serve with Shake and Bake Chicken, Air Fryer Cornish Hen, pollo asado or Instant Pot Chicken Adobo
- Seafood – Asparagus is a natural pairing for oven baked lobster tails, Instant Pot salmon, or Steamer Clams.
- Beef – Some great beef recipes that pair well with asparagus include our Prime Rib Recipe, Smoked Prime Rib (Make sure to check out our Prime Rib Headquarter page!), Individual Beef Wellington, Instant Pot Roast Beef, Smoked Beef Tenderloin or even our Prime Rib Sandwich.
- Turkey – Serve sous vide asparagus with our smoked turkey, smoked turkey wings or Instant Pot turkey.
- Soup Recipes – Throw leftover asparagus in your favorite soups like Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup, Sancocho Dominicano, Olive Garden Minestrone Soup, Pasta e Fagioli or Asparagus Soup.
What Wine Goes With Asparagus Sous Vide
Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Unoaked Chardonnay, Gruner Veltliner, Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Champagne
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Sous Vide Asparagus with Lemon Butter Sauce
Corn on the Cob with Butter
- 1 Bunch Asparagus Spears (*Note 1)
- 2 tbsp Unsalted Butter, Cut Into 4 Pieces (*Note 2)
- 1/2 Lemon, Cut Into Thin Slices
- 1/2 tsp Garlic Salt or Sea Salt
- Black Pepper, To Taste
- Pre-heat the water bath to 180 degrees F, using a sous vide immersion circulator.
- Place the asparagus and garlic salt into a vacuum bag and shake to coat. Place two pats of butter and two lemon slices on top of the asparagus and two pats of butter and two lemon slices on the bottom of the asparagus spears. Seal according to the manufacturers instructions.
- Transfer the vacuum bag to the water bath and cook until tender, approximately 9-13 minutes (reference the time chart in the notes or post)
- Remove from the water bath, transfer to a serving platter, and pour the lemon butter sauce over the stalks. Enjoy immediately for best results.
- Thin Asparagus Spears - approx. 9 minutes
- Medium Asparagus Spears - approx. 11 minutes
- Thick Asparagus Spears - approx. 13 minutes