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Asparagus with Wasabi Mayonnaise Sauce

Asparagus is an essential summer vegetable. Commonly used for salad, barbecues, and soup, its bright green color and scent adds a summer feel to your dishes and brings out a refreshing air at your table. This time, Misako-sensei makes full use of the features of asparagus with simple, yet well-timed cooking steps, which help to maintain the bright green color, crisp texture and flavor. She even enhances the vegetable’s summery theme with a mayonnaise-based dipping sauce spiced up with wasabi and lemon. This small twist adds a huge difference to the sauce, which also goes well with other dipping style dishes.

[InGredients] (for 4 people)
– 1 bunch fresh asparagus
– 1 1/2 cups good mayonnaise
– juice from 1/2 lemon
– 1-2 tbsp wasabi paste (according to your preference)
– grated lemon zest from 1 lemon


1. Boil big pot of water and blanch asparagus for 2 minutes. Immediately put them into an ice bath to stop cooking.


2. In a bowl, mix mayonnaise, wasabi, lemon juice and lemon zest well.
3. Serve the asparagus with the sauce.

Featured Ingredient: Wasabi
This condiment is made from a plant grown naturally in the mountain river streambeds of Japan. Prized for its strong flavor and pungency, this root is finely grated to produce a flavor sensation that stimulates nasal passages. Known for its pairing with sushi and sashimi, it was originally used for its preservation and anti-bacterial properties. Sold as a root, its high cost is due to cultivation difficulty, making real wasabi hard to find. Tube-packaged wasabi pastes and canned powdered-type are popular substitutes and sold in Asian specialty food aisles and markets.

TIP: This sauce can be enjoyed with many other vegetables, chips, seafood and and even with some grilled meats.  Very easy and quick, but absolutely delicious!


Misako Sassa Japanese cooking instructor/food consultant
Misako teaches authentic Japanese cooking, focusing on simple, delicious, and healthy home-style cooking using seasonal and local ingredients.
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