Sam’s Cooking School: Lesson #2 Blanching

Simple tricks are not just fun to know, but the right ones can really make your cooking better. And blanching is definitely one of those.

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Lemony Asparagus

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 3 minutes

Yield: Makes 4 servings

Lemony Asparagus


1 pound asparagus, rough ends trimmed

1 teaspoon Kosher salt

1 teaspoon each olive oil and butter

Fresh ground pepper

1 lemon


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add salt. When it boils again, add asparagus and cook about 3 minutes, or until crisp tender. Drain asparagus and put in a large bowl of ice and water to stop them from cooking. When cool, remove to paper towels and dry.
  2. Heat a non-stick pan to medium with the olive oil and butter and put in asparagus. Season with salt, pepper and cook a couple minutes. Remove to a serving plate and zest about half the lemon over the top – serve.
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Sam Zien

is host of the TV show Sam the Cooking Guy, author of 3 cookbooks and a frequent guest in the Today Show kitchen. He’s also and proud of his “big in taste but small in effort” cooking style — “food that anyone can make,” he likes to say.

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