Sous vide asparagus is truly fantastic. In this recipe, we sous vide asparagus with milk and a touch of salt and sugar. The result? Insanely good and fool-proof asparagus for any occasion.
I have to admit, I was skeptical at first. Why spend 30 minutes cooking asparagus sous vide when you could simply roast them in an oven or boil them? But I decided to give them a try cause I heard great things, and my mind was instantly changed. They are amazing.
First off, the flavor tasted like the true essence of asparagus. Second, it is incredibly simple to get awesome results. And last, the texture comes out perfectly fork-tender and delicious.
Now go on and whip up sous vide asparagus for your next soirée, fancy dinner, or literally any occasion. You won't be disappointed.
An essential part of cooking sous vide is putting ingredients in an air-tight bag or container. The two most common techniques to package your ingredients are vacuum sealing and using the water displacement method.
A vacuum sealer removes all the air and seals the contents of a plastic bag through a vacuum. Ensuring the food is airtight and properly sealed prevents the bag from floating, which can result in uneven cooking. Since we are adding liquid to the bag, please make sure your vacuum sealer is capable of sealing liquids. If not, please use the displacement method.
The displacement method is a technique where you first place your food and marinades in a sous vide bag, submerge the bag in a container of water, and allow the pressure to force all the air out of the bag.
Both of these methods work for this recipe, so use whichever you feel more comfortable with!
Asparagus Time and Temperature
Through lots of R&D, we’ve found that cooking the asparagus sous vide at 85C/185F for 30 minutes is the perfect combo. This time and temperature gives the asparagus the perfect texture and taste that you are seeking.
Just make sure you have a reliable sous vide that accurately regulates the temperature of the bath or your results may vary (check out the Anova or Joule).
Sous Vide Machine – This one is obvious. To cook sous vide, you’re going to need a device to precisely regulate the temperature of the bath water. The two best sous vide machines in the game right now are the Anova Precision Cooker and the Breville Joule.
12-quart Container – Although you can use a basic stockpot for your sous vide cooking needs, I highly recommend buying a large plastic container. They are inexpensive and spacious, so you won’t have to worry about cooking a large batch of cheesecakes in a small pot. I recommend a 12 quart Rubbermaid container, as it is BPA free, sturdy, and large enough for just about anything you will be cooking.
Container Lid – If you are going to buy a plastic container, I highly suggest buying a compatible lid for it. When you sous vide for a long duration, the heat of the water causes evaporation. With a lid, it eliminates a majority of the evaporation so you can cook for hours care-free.
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Sous Vide Asparagus Recipe
- 1 lb white asparagus
- 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup milk
- 1 tablespoon butter, cut into ½ inch slices
- Flake salt to taste
Set sous vide machine to 85C/185F.
Add asparagus, sugar, salt and milk in sous vide bag and remove air through a vacuum sealer or the displacement method. Drop the bag in the bath for 30 minutes.
Remove bag from bath, discard the milk from the bag and place asparagus on a plate. Place butter on top of asparagus and finish with flake salt to taste. Enjoy!
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