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Asparagus with Butter and Soy

Asparagus with Butter and Soy

"In the moment" by Michael Hastings. Recipe from "Cooking in the Moment" by Andrea Reusing, owner of Lantern, a Chapel Hill restaurant serving Asian food made with local ingredients. Recipe published in the Winston-Salem Journal: April 20, 2011.

  • Yield: 2 servings
  • Prep time:5 Minutes
  • Cook time:45 Minutes


  • Kosher salt
  • White vinegar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 bunch(es) asparagus (about 1/2 pound), tough ends snapped off
  • 2 teaspoon(s) expeller-pressed vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoon(s) soy sauce
  • 5 tablespoon(s) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • Flaky sea salt, such as Maldon


1. Fill a medium pot halfway with water and bring it to a boil over high heat. Add enough kosher salt so that the water is as salty as seawater.

2. Meanwhile, fill a medium saucepan halfway with water, add a small splash of vinegar and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat so that water simmers gently. One at a time, crack each egg into a small teacup with a handle and then slowly and gently slide the egg into the simmering water so that the egg doesn’t have far to fall. Adjust the heat so the water stays at a slow simmer. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until the white is just set and the yolk is still runny. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the eggs to a plate.

3. Heat a 9-inch sauté pan over high heat. When the pan is hot, drop the asparagus into the boiling water and cook 25 to 30 seconds, less if the asparagus is skinny. Drain the asparagus and gently shake them dry. Add the oil to the hot pan and swirl. Immediately add the asparagus to the hot pan and toss constantly for about 30 seconds, until they become slightly blistered in spots. Do not lower the heat. Add the soy sauce and shake the pan to coat the asparagus; as soon as it evaporates, remove the pan from the heat, add 1 tablespoon water and immediately follow with the butter. Continue to toss the asparagus until the butter is melted, creating a golden brown emulsified sauce. If the sauce has broken, add up to a tablespoon of water and continue to toss until it comes back together.

4. Divide the asparagus and the sauce between two plates, and top each with a warm poached egg. Sprinkle the eggs with a little salt.

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