Thai-Style Asparagus with Chiles, Garlic, and Basil

Published May 1, 1993.

Why this recipe works:

To determine the best and easiest asparagus recipe for jumbo or medium spears, we tried boiling and microwaving. But in the end, steaming got our vote as the best asparagus recipe. Not only was it faster than boiling, it resulted in a more healthful plate of asparagus, peeled or not. And… read more

To determine the best and easiest asparagus recipe for jumbo or medium spears, we tried boiling and microwaving. But in the end, steaming got our vote as the best asparagus recipe. Not only was it faster than boiling, it resulted in a more healthful plate of asparagus, peeled or not. And forget about microwaving asparagus entirely: It shriveled and dried the spears out.

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Serves 4

Adapted from a recipe by Nancie McDermott (author of Real Thai, Chronicle Books, 1992), this Asian-style side dish needs only simple grilled chicken or fish and steamed rice to round out its full flavors.

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